Ochoa's 10th-inning hit lifts Baysox over Phils

August 24, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

BOWIE -- Alex Ochoa capped a three-run eighth inning with a game-tying homer, then won it with a 10th-inning single to give the Bowie Baysox a 4-3 victory over the Reading Phillies before 7,011 at Prince George's County Stadium last night.

Ochoa's winning hit -- a liner to shallow left -- improved the Baysox's record to 75-53, but more importantly put them in position to secure a playoff berth when the teams meet tonight in the third game of a seven-game series.

The Phillies started the scoring in the Double-A Eastern League game in the sixth.

Luis Brito singled to left and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mike Gomez. Starting pitcher Brian Sackinsky fielded the ball, but his throw to second sailed over the glove of shortstop Edgar Alfonzo and into center field, putting runners at first and second with none out.

Rick Holifield followed with a double to right that was ruled a hit despite going in and out of the glove of right fielder Ochoa. Brito came home to break the scoreless tie. A wild pitch by Sackinsky gave Reading its second run and a sacrifice fly to right-center put the visitors ahead 3-0.

"I've been harping on making the play at second base on sacrifice bunts and I was happy that he just made the attempt," said Bowie manager Pete Mackanin. "We're trying to teach these guys to make the right play and not go safety first and I was happy he tried it."

The Baysox rallied in the eighth. Curtis Goodwin, who yesterday was named to the Eastern League All-Star team along with teammates Hector Vargas and Jimmy Haynes, started things fTC with a bloop single. He came home on Alfonzo's double to left. That chased Reading starter Mark Tranberg (3-10).

Ricky Bottalico replaced Tranberg, and Jack Voigt hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Alfonzo to make it 3-2. Ochoa tied it with a home run to left.

Armando Benitez got his eighth win with one strikeout in two innings.

"Things are going our way right now, and I had a real good feeling when we tied the game up," said Mackanin. "I've got Benitez and [Joe] Borowski as closers whereas [Reading] only has Bottalico. It's a great makeup and Benitez only threw 20 pitches tonight, so he can probably pitch an inning tomorrow, too."

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