Paveloff gives Bowie timely relief

June 20, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

BOWIE -- With Scott Klingenbeck scheduled to start and a host of other Bowie Baysox pitchers available to step in, Dave Paveloff said he was surprised when given the ball in the second inning of yesterday's series finale with the Binghamton Mets.

Although Paveloff may have been surprised to be throwing, not once did he appear to be caught off guard.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-hander retired 15 of 16 batters before the skies opened and the Baysox were awarded a 6-3 rain-shortened victory at Prince George's County Stadium.

"The coach gave me the ball, and I tried to make the most of it," said Paveloff, who entered with his team trailing 3-2. "I knew I just had to keep my team close, and that's what I did. I'm not a strikeout pitcher and I got the ground balls that I needed, and it worked out for me."

From the outset, it was apparent that Klingenbeck didn't have the same stuff he had on June 2 when he was called up by the Orioles and downed the Detroit Tigers, 11-5. The heat and the Binghamton bats took their toll on Klingenbeck, but he made it through the first inning, giving up three runs on four hits and an error.

"Scott looked into the dugout like something was bothering him, so I went out to see him," said Baysox manager Pete Mackanin, whose Double-A team took a half-game lead over Harrisburg in the Eastern League's Southern Division. "I don't know if it was something he ate or a combination of that and the heat, but when he came in off the field, he staggered a bit and I said, 'That's it. Let's bring in Paveloff.'

"And, of course," Mackanin added, tongue firmly planted in his cheek, "I knew Paveloff was going to pitch five scoreless innings. That's why I did it, anyway."

Paveloff retired the first 14 batters he faced before Jay Davis sent a liner by his ear in the sixth. Paveloff escaped the inning unscathed after forcing Doug Saunders to fly out to left.

Bowie designated hitter Hector Vargas went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Vargas opened the first with a single to left and came home when Bo Ortiz grounded out to the shortstop. A bunt single by Edgar Alfonzo -- who was playing against his brother, Edgardo -- scored Alex Ochoa (2-for-3).

The Baysox tied the score at 3 on Scott McClain's RBI single to right in the fourth. Ochoa drove in Vargas in the fifth to break the tie, and Jose Millares' two-run double produced the final margin.

Bowie (41-26), which took three of four from the Mets, sent two batters to the plate in the sixth before a severe thunderstorm sent players and spectators scurrying for cover. The storm, which lasted 30 minutes, flooded both dugouts and left a portion of the right-field wall swaying in the wind.

innings) Binghamton 300 000 -- 3 5 2

Bowie .. ..200 13x -- 6 10 1

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