Senators wash away Baysox's win streak, 6-3

August 14, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

Harrisburg Senators manager Jim Tracy pulled Glenn Murray from his customary cleanup spot last night and went instead with .188 hitter Randy Wilstead.

The result was an end to the Bowie Baysox's winning streak.

Wilstead knocked home three of the first four Senators runs and Rod Henderson held the Baysox at bay until he had a six-run lead in a 6-3 Harrisburg victory before 5,051 fans at Memorial Stadium.

Bowie (62-56) had been the hottest team in the Eastern League by capturing six straight, its longest winning streak of the season.

Henderson was leading the Florida State League with 127 strikeouts when he was promoted a week ago. He quickly showed why.

The Baysox mustered absolutely no offense through seven innings asthe Senators built a 6-0 cushion. Henderson had to contend with only four base runners in that stretch and none of them reached second.

"The first time around is usually tough on us," said Bowie manager Don Buford. "He [Henderson] didn't look overpowering, but he got ahead of hitters and mixed up his pitches well."

Meanwhile, Wilstead -- who had four RBI coming into the game -- singled home a run in the first, hit a sacrifice fly to climax a %J two-run second and homered against Jose Mercedes leading off the sixth in his first three at-bats.

Murray tripled home a run in the third for his 77th RBI and Tracy was looking like a genius.

Mercedes stayed in for eight innings and 119 pitches when he normally would have been pulled. The Baysox bullpen was taxed by Thursday's doubleheader and Rick Krivda is leaving for Rochester today.

"I had to leave him in longer to protect my pitching," said Buford. "We were very thin."

Shaky defense finally drove Henderson from the mound in the bottom of the eighth. He got two outs and had what should have been two more. But errors by Chris Martin and Shane Andrews opened the door for three Bowie runs.

NOTES: Krivda was called up by the Red Wings after last night's game to replace Mike Oquist on their roster. Chuck Ricci will start in Krivda's spot tonight.

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