Baysox hold on to win, 2-1, tie series

September 10, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

Things turned a little scary for the Bowie Baysox in the ninth inning last night at Memorial Stadium, but they held on to play another day.

Reliever Joe Borowski induced Canton-Akron's Patrick Lennon to ground into a game-ending double play with two runners on, preserving Bowie's 2-1 victory that tied their best-of-five Eastern League playoff series at 2-2.

The deciding game will be played here tonight at 7:05, as Baltimore's Daryl Smith starts for Bowie against Randy Veres. The victor will advance to meet the survivor of the Harrisburg-Albany series. The Senators lead Albany, two games to one.

A banner performance by Anne Arundel County's Rick Forney stole the thunder for the Baysox, whose two wins in this series have come by identical scores.

Forney blanked the second-best hitting team in the league on three hits before tiring after eight innings.

"I tried to go as long as I could," Forney said. "But the season fatigue of all those innings, 172 coming into tonight, made me tired. And I was up to something like 109 pitches."

Bowie manager Don Buford brought in Armando Benitez, a sensation at Albany (Ga.) and Frederick this summer, to start the ninth.

Buford said: "They [the Indians] hadn't seen him before, and I felt this was a good chance for him. Unfortunately, a lot of the pitches that were close were called balls."

The Indians erased half of Bowie's 2-0 lead with two walks and a run-scoring single by David Bell on a 1-2 pitch before Buford summoned Borowski, who has pitched 21 2/3 innings for the Baysox without allowing a run.

"If it wasn't this particular game, I would have left him [Benitez] in there," Buford said. "But I had gone as far as I could."

Borowski said he pitched away to Lennon, who homered in Canton-Akron's 6-4 victory here Wednesday and finally got the desired result.

"He's the type of hitter who sits on the breaking ball, I think," Borowski said of Lennon. "So I kept throwing him fastballs and sliders away hoping for the double play. I've been pitching real well here since I came up. I think the whole key is I've been able to throw strikes."

Forney had only one genuine trouble spot -- in the first inning. But Brian Giles was thrown out at the plate on a perfect Baysox relay as he tried to score on Bell's double into the left-field corner, ending the jam. He struck out eight, garnering most of them with his forkball, and permitted only two other hits, both harmless singles.

"I approached this the way I do every start," he said. "I go out there to win."

The Baysox had little luck hitting ex-Minnesota Twin Mike Dyer, but benefited from his misfortune to score all the runs they needed in the first inning.

Singles by Jim Wawruck and Bo Ortiz set up the rally and !B Wawruck scored when Dyer's attempted pickoff throw eluded first baseman Greg Sparks.

Ortiz was out attempting to steal second moments later, but Brad Tyler walked and scooted all the way to third on a wild pitch by Dyer that catcher Ryan Martindale had trouble finding.

T. R. Lewis' ground out sent Tyler home with what proved the

winning run.

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