Shades of Murray send Senators by Baysox, 4-3

August 15, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

It was a familiar sight at Memorial Stadium. Two on base and a guy named Murray lofts a drive over the left-center field fence. Only this was Glenn Murray of the Harrisburg Senators, not Eddie of the Orioles' bygone days, and the Bowie Baysox never got over the blow.

The Eastern League-leading Senators built a 4-0 lead on the home run, then held off Bowie, 4-3, before 6,275 last night.

Chuck Ricci, a late starter for the Baysox after Rick Krivda was promoted -- gave up the third-inning shot that followed a single by Mike Hardge and a hit batsman. Ricci had not started a game since July 6, 1992.

"We were looking to get five or six innings out of Chuck, and he gave us that," manager Don Buford said. "But if you make a mistake like that against Murray, he'll hit it a long way."

The loss was the second straight for Bowie (62-57) after a six-game winning streak, its longest of the season.

Two runs in the fourth inning, which enabled the Baysox to get back into the game, came on an error, a wild pitch, a walk and run-scoring hits by Tim Holland and Cesar Devarez.

Miguel Batista sailed through seven innings with the 4-2 lead, then gave way to reliever Mike Thomas, who was 0-2 with a 33.75 ERA against Bowie in two previous appearances. Thomas appeared en route to another rough outing when the first batter he faced, Stanton Cameron, homered into the upper deck, just inside the left-field foul pole. The homer was the seventh in the past 12 games for Cameron, who leads the Orioles organization with 20 overall.

But Thomas picked off Brent Miller, the second batter who had singled, to weather that jam, then left Devarez, who doubled to start the Bowie ninth, stranded at third.

The loss will keep the Baysox in fourth place and heading toward a potential playoff series with Harrisburg.

NOTES: The trickle-down effect on pitching in the organization will continue. After losing Krivda to Rochester, Buford expects ex-Detroit Tiger Brian DuBois to join the Red Wings tomorrow. "We'll probably get Jason Satre back," he said. Satre was the Baysox' top starter (5-2, 3.39 ERA) for the first two months. The disposition of Eric Schullstrom, who has been designated for assignment, will also be decided tomorrow. . . . Mike Mussina may be the final major-league pitcher to appear at Memorial Stadium when he makes his second rehab start today. He is scheduled to throw about 80 pitches in a matchup with Brian Looney, who shut out the Baysox with 10 days ago at Harrisburg.

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