Baysox lose marathon opener Indians win in 14th on 2-out single, 4-3

September 07, 1993|By Andy Call | Andy Call,Contributing Writer

CANTON, Ohio -- After five hours, 39 minutes, 14 innings and two rain delays, Canton-Akron Indians outfielder Brian Giles sent his most loyal 42 fans home with a smile.

Giles' RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the 14th inning last night gave Canton a 4-3 win over the Bowie Baysox in the opening game of the Double-A Eastern League semifinals at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium.

There were 42 (of an original 1,301) still seated when Giles sent a two-out, bases-loaded, 3-2 pitch from Dave Paveloff (5-5) back up the middle and into center field, scoring Hector Vargas.

Mike Sarbaugh had led off the 14th with a double before Vargas came in as a pinch runner. A bunt single by Ryan Martindale over the pitcher's mound and an intentional walk to Omar Ramirez had loaded the bases for Giles.

Greg McCarthy (3-3) worked the final three innings for the win.

The Baysox tied the score at 3 with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth off league saves leader Calvin Jones.

Edgar Alfonzo led off with a double and went to third on a wild pitch. He scored when Jones was late getting to Tim Holland's infield grounder, cutting the margin to 3-2. T. R. Lewis, who had walked, came in on Sammy Ferretti's sacrifice fly to left to tie the score.

Bowie trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth when a one-hour rain delay ensued.

The rain began coming down in sheets when Canton's David Bell led off the inning with a single, and the teams were sent to the clubhouses before Patrick Lennon came to bat.

Game 2 is tonight at 7:05 before the series moves to Memorial Stadium tomorrow.

Canton's Dave Mlicki (2-1) faces Terry Farrar (7-7) in tonight's game.

Canton shortstop Rouglas Odor stunned Bowie with a bases-empty home run in the fifth to give his club a 2-0 lead.

Odor, with three home runs in 263 at-bats this season, sent Jason Satre's 3-2 pitch 330 feet the other way. It curved just inside the left-field foul pole as it left the park.

The Baysox cut the deficit in half in the top of the sixth.

With two out, Jim Wawruck singled to left, Brad Tyler walked and Edgar Alfonzo ticked an infield single to load the bases. Lewis hit a two-hopper to second. Miguel Flores bobbled the ball, and his hurried throw to first was high and late as Wawruck scored from third.

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