CANTON, Ohio -- The Bowie Baysox took advantage of a throwing error to score two runs in the eighth inning and open the season with a 4-2 victory over the Canton Indians last night at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium.
Eight of the nine Bowie batters recorded hits and top Orioles pitching prospects Rick Forney and Armando Benitez opened and closed in impressive fashion.
"I'd have to say we looked pretty solid for not being in any kind of a groove," Baysox manager Pete Mackanin said. "We've spent most of the last two or three days on the road. But, all things considered, I was real pleased."
Baysox leadoff batter Curtis Goodwin was 2-for-5 and stole a base. He had 61 stolen bases at Single-A Frederick in 1993.
"When you can have your No. 3 batter [Alex Ochoa] lay down a key bunt like he did [in the eighth], you know your other guys are contributing pretty well," Mackanin said.
The Baysox got their big break in the eighth with two on and one out.
Bowie's Edgar Alfonzo dropped a bloop single into right. Canton outfielder Tony Mitchell raced in to get the ball, then bypassed the cutoff man trying to get Rob Lukachyk racing for home. Mitchell's throw bounced just in front of catcher Ryan Martindale, then rolled between Martindale's legs to the backstop.
Alfonzo was already past second at that point. The umpire awarded two bases on the overthrow, allowing Brent Miller to score and give the Baysox a 4-2 lead.
Reliever Kevin Ryan (1-0) got the victory. Steve Adkins came on to force a double play and Benitez finished for his first save.
Forney started for Bowie and was lifted after giving up three consecutive hits in the sixth. He allowed seven hits and finished with seven strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings.