Goodwin, Ochoa save best for clutch in win

August 22, 1994|By Brad Snyder | Brad Snyder,Sun Staff Writer

BOWIE -- Curtis Goodwin and Alex Ochoa wanted to show two members of the Orioles' coaching staff, who were at yesterday's game, that they should be major-league outfielders next season.

There was one problem: Pitching coach Dick Bosman and outfield/bench coach Don Buford left early. Buford left in the eighth inning, and Bosman left in the ninth.

They missed clutch plays by Goodwin and Ochoa. The team's two brightest Double-A prospects led the Baysox to a 7-6, 10-inning, come-from-behind victory over the Albany-Colonie Yankees before 6,688 at Prince George's Stadium.

In the top of the 10th, Ochoa made a leaping catch in right field, taking a home run away from Yankees slugger Bubba Carpenter, whose two-run homer had helped Albany-Colonie take the lead in the eighth.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Goodwin, who had hit an inside fastball to the opposite field for a game-tying single in the eighth, nearly took off the head of Yankees reliever Keith Seiler with a shot that went for an infield single, leading to the winning run.

Goodwin is not too upset that the coaches missed it.

"We treat them like family," said Goodwin, who went 3-for-5, stole his league-leading 51st base and scored a run. "Family's got to go home sometimes, too."

The presence of the Orioles coaches, due to the players strike, has kept Ochoa going in August.

"It just gives you a little more aggressiveness," said Ochoa, who was 1-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and sacrifice. "I think it helps us out a little bit. The season's running down; we're getting tired. It gives you a little lift, their being here."

Goodwin's shot was just a part of the wild bottom of the 10th for the Baysox. After a leadoff single by Clayton Byrne and a sacrifice bunt by Ken Arnold, Goodwin's liner landed in Seiler's glove, but it popped out toward the shortstop.

That gave the Baysox men on first and third with one out. Then the Yankees delayed the game.

Rain was minutes away with dark clouds looming over the field, but the Yankees wanted to wait until the Baysox turned on the lights.

First base umpire C. B. Bucknor threw Albany-Colonie manager Bill Evers out of the game as the manager was walking away from an argument. Evers further delayed the game by throwing two water coolers onto the field.

The water coolers were removed, the lights went on, the rain began to fall and play resumed.

Edgar Alfonzo, who had hit safely in his last eight at-bats, was intentionally walked to load the bases. Pinch hitter Jose Millares got the game-winning hit, a single through the hole at shortstop.

The Baysox pulled ahead 5-3 in the sixth on Ochoa's run-scoring single and Doug Lindsey's two-run double.

Albany-Colonie tied it at 5 in the eighth on Carpenter's two-run shot. The Yankees pulled ahead 6-5 two batters later. Ken Ryan gave up a single to Tom Wilson, followed by a triple to Jason Robertson.

Closer Joe Borowski (3-4) got the win for the Baysox (73-53). Mike DeJean (0-2) took the loss.

Even if Buford and Bosman weren't around to see the game's conclusion. Goodwin said that they should read about it.

"It'll all be on paper," he said.

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