Holland and Baysox help Smith feel at home, 2-1

August 25, 1993|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,Staff Writer

It was supposed to be a homecoming of sorts for Bowie Baysox pitcher Daryl Smith, but teammate Tim Holland stole the show.

The Bowie shortstop laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Baysox edged the New Britain Red Sox, 2-1, before 5,652 fans at Memorial Stadium last night.

With one out in the ninth and the score tied, Bowie's Stanton Cameron began the rally with a double off losing pitcher Tim Smith (7-11). Designated hitter Brent Miller was walked intentionally and center fielder Kyle Washington singled to left to load the bases.

With a 2-1 count, Holland laid down a bunt along the third-base line to score Cameron.

Manager Don Buford said opportunity presented itself after Smith got behind in the count.

"It was a good situation," he said. "The pitcher was behind in the count, and he had to throw a strike."

Reliever Joe Borowski (2-0) was credited with the win.

Smith, 33, a Baltimore native and Northern High School graduate, pitched eight strong innings, giving up four hits, one earned run and one walk. He struck out seven.

A veteran of the Rangers, Indians, Phillies, White Sox and Royals organizations, Smith was making his Baysox debut after the Orioles had signed him as a free agent Monday. He had played in Italy and Mexico the past two years.

Smith said he relished the chance to play before family and friends.

"I felt great," he said. "I heard their voices, although I didn't see their faces unless I saw them before the game . . . I just wanted to work hard and put in a good performance."

Buford was impressed. "He threw strikes. All of his pitches were around the plate. He had good command of his fastball and changeup."

Bowie tied it with a run in the eighth off Smith. Washington led off with a single to right. He moved to second on Holland's ground out and scored on catcher Jimmy Roso's single to left.

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