Baysox, at away home, triumph, 5-2

April 13, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

FREDERICK -- The pre-game rumor was that the Orioles were going to try to fly Sid Fernandez into Frederick in time to pitch for the Bowie Baysox last night.

Fernandez was scheduled to go for Triple-A Rochester at Scranton, Pa., but rain there was threatening to knock him out of his second rehabilitation start before his Orioles debut this weekend in Texas.

The Fernandez contingency plan never was instituted and the Baysox endured nicely without him, defeating the Trenton Thunder, 5-2, in their home-away-from-home opener to remain undefeated in the Eastern League.

"Roland [Hemond] and Doug [Melvin] considered trying to get Sid here," said Lee MacPhail, Orioles assistant in player development and scouting. "But not for long."

It all worked out well for Bowie (3-0), which had not played since Saturday because of a rainout and a day off. Those developments had disrupted the Baysox's strong starting rotation, which figures to be the backbone of this year's team.

But the uncertainty didn't fluster right-hander Scott Klingenbeck, who went six solid innings for a victory, allowing his only run after he lost control of a throw to third base when he had a Thunder runner trapped in the fifth inning.

His errant throw sailed over Scott McClain's head and allowed Darren Milne to score the game's first run.

"Obviously, Scotty didn't let the uncertainty [about Fernandez] affect him," said Bowie manager Pete Mackanin. "It's a good sign that these guys are growing up and understand what they have to do."

The five-man Baysox rotation has graduated from Single-A Frederick with glowing promise. It showcased another member last night when Brian Sackinsky pitched two scoreless innings -- pTC with two strikeouts -- in relief of Klingenbeck.

Sackinsky was rained out of his first scheduled start Sunday at Canton-Akron.

Only Armando Benitez, the highly regarded closer, had any real difficulty on a chilly night that helped to limit the Grove Stadium crowd to 423.

Benitez blew away the first two hitters he faced with six straight strikes, then permitted a run on three walks and a double before finishing with another strikeout by getting pinch-hitter Joe Perona on a 3-2 fastball with the bases loaded.

Bowie is playing at assorted sites -- mostly here -- and is headquartered in Frederick until Prince George's County Stadium is ready for play.

Klingenbeck said, "I think it's rough living out of a hotel, out of a suitcase," he said. "It's like spring training. But everything changes when you get to the ballpark, especially one you're used to."

Fourteen current Baysox played for Frederick last summer, so Grove Stadium is a comfortable site.

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