Baysox eliminated, 7-2, in Eastern semifinals

September 11, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

Professional baseball at Memorial Stadium ended for the second time with the same result last night.

The home team lost the game. In this case, the Bowie Baysox were eliminated from the Eastern League playoffs before 1,437 spectators.

Canton-Akron scored three runs in the first inning and rolled to a 7-2 victory over the Baysox to capture their best-of-five semifinal playoff series, 3-2.

Before moving to Camden Yards after the 1991 season, the Orioles dropped the last major-league game played at Memorial Stadium to the Detroit Tigers, 7-1.

The Orioles' goodbye was a sentimental show, with the "Field of Dreams" theme serving as the backdrop to a sad farewell.

By contrast, the Baysox, one-year residents of the stadium, left with "Thanks For The Memories" playing in the background. The players tipped their caps to the sparse crowd.

The franchise is scheduled to begin play in a soon-to-be-built, 10,000-seat stadium in Bowie next April.

The Indians, second in the regular season, advanced to the championship series against Harrisburg, which beat Albany, 8-4 last night.

The Canton-Akron heroes were Randy Veres, who pitched seven strong innings in his longest start of the year, and first baseman Greg Sparks, who drove in five runs and applied the knockout punch with a two-run homer off Dave Paveloff in the eighth.

Until then, Bowie had remained in contention thanks to four scoreless innings by Chuck Ricci after starter Daryl Smith and reliever Tommy Taylor allowed five runs in the first three innings.

"Things went their way real quick," said Baysox manager Don Buford. "We got close [within 3-2], but then we fell apart again. To be honest, we didn't have the horses at the end of the year."

The promotions of catcher Gregg Zaun and starters Rick Krivda and Brian DuBois to Rochester were the major losses in the stretch.

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