Baysox's new 'home' is 7-3 loser

May 11, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

The setting provided some peculiar elements for the Bowie Baysox's third "opening day" at home yesterday.

A solar eclipse early in the game. Rick Forney of Arnold, pitching at the Naval Academy before good friends and relatives. No admission charge to Bishop Stadium.

But none of that bothered the defending Eastern League champion Harrisburg Senators, who pounded Forney for 12 hits and scored a 7-3 victory before 619 fans.

"When you're between the lines, it doesn't matter where you're playing," said Harrisburg hitting hero Mark Grudzielanek, who had four singles and drove in three runs and leads the league with a .389 average.

The Senators second baseman is 7-for-10 in a showdown series of Southern Division powers that started Monday night with Bowie's final game at Frederick, a 6-0 loss to Carlos Perez. The younger brother of Pascual and Melido threw a two-hitter at the Baysox.

The Baysox (16-12) are 9-6 in their home parks of Grove Stadium, Wilmington's Judy Johnson Field and the Naval Academy.

Mackanin stayed with Forney into the ninth because he is now supposed to stretch out his starters.

The Navy mound was fairly familiar to him since he played there several times as a high school and Anne Arundel Community College pitcher.

"Rick went through the same kind of funk about this time last year," said Mackanin. "He just needs to be more aggressive."

It was Forney's first loss in five decisions.

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