Forney, Baysox come up short in 7-6 loss 11th-inning homer wins it for Yankees

September 04, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

For a moment, it looked as though Bowie Baysox pitcher Rick Forney was going to have just enough luck to pitch a no-hitter over the Albany-Colonie Yankees last night at Memorial Stadium.

Instead, Forney not only lost the no-hitter and the shutout on one seventh-inning pitch, but didn't even get a decision in Bowie's 7-6 loss to the Yankees in 11 innings before 4,768.

Still, Forney's strong stint overshadowed the Memorial Stadium return of Glenn Davis, and gave the Baysox a bit of consolation after blowing a 3-0 lead.

"The kid pitched a very good game for his very first time here. It's too bad we couldn't get a win for him," said Bowie manager Don Buford.

Albany first baseman Joe DeBerry hit a towering home run of about 420 feet into the temporary bleachers in right-center off losing pitcher Dave Paveloff with one out in the 11th for the win.

It was DeBerry's third homer of the year off Bowie pitching and the second time he had homered to beat the Baysox this year.

Albany tacked on three more runs in the 11th, all with two out, to seal the win, though the Baysox had a final thrill in the works.

Brad Tyler and Brent Miller walked to lead off the bottom of the 11th, and T. R. Lewis hit a drive to the alley in right. Albany's Rich Barnwell ran a long way and appeared to arrive in time to make the catch, but he dropped the ball -- Albany's fifth error of the game -- scoring Tyler.

Kyle Washington then chased reliever Brian Faw with a double down the left-field line that scored Miller and Lewis, cutting the gap to 7-5.

Albany's Rich Polak then struck out shortstop Tim Holland, whose two-out error in the top of the inning opened the door for the Yankees. Sam Ferretti flew to center, driving in Washington. But Bo Ortiz grounded to second to end the game.

Bowie, which clinched an Eastern League playoff slot earlier this week, can nail down third place in the league and a best-of-five playoff meeting with Canton-Akron Monday night with a win tonight or tomorrow afternoon.

Forney, 21, an Annapolis High graduate, had been sharp at Single-A Frederick, where he amassed a 14-8 record with a 2.78 ERA and 175 strikeouts in 165 innings.

"He had good control, with a curve, change and split-finger," said Buford. "At this level, the hitters are a little better. As long as he's keeping his pitches down and in the strike zone and getting his outs, he'll do fine."

Forney held the Yankees hitless for 6 1/3 innings and appeared to catch a huge break when a drive off the bat of second baseman Kevin Jordan seemed headed for the left-field bleachers, but was knocked down just short of the wall by a gust of wind into Lewis' glove.

But the next batter, left fielder Lyle Mouton, hit a pitch into the right-field bleachers, ending the no-hitter and the shutout.

Davis, who is expected to rejoin the Orioles Monday night after completing a three-team rehabilitation assignment, had middling success, going 1-for-3, with a two-out double to left-center in the first, but striking out in the third and grounding to short in the sixth.

Davis came in to score Bowie's first run of the night in the first on Lewis' double to right. Washington knocked in Lewis on a single to right to give the Baysox a 2-0 lead.

Bowie pushed home another run in the fifth, when Ferretti led off the inning with a single to left and moved to third when Albany pitcher Ron Frazier's pickoff throw skipped past DeBerry and rolled to the seats.

One batter later, Cesar Devarez blooped a fly to shallow left that shortstop Carlos Rodriguez caught on the run, giving Ferretti enough of an opening to beat the throw home for a 3-0 Bowie lead.

The Yankees, however, tied the score in the eighth with two runs off reliever Chuck Ricci, who started the inning for Forney.

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