Alfonzo's 3-run hit lifts Baysox over Phillies, 4-2

August 26, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

BOWIE -- No matter what happens tonight, the Reading Phillies probably won't have any fond memories of their first series at Prince George's County Stadium.

The Bowie Baysox made sure of that last night as they rallied from an early deficit and downed Reading, 4-2, before a near-capacity crowd of 12,467.

The Baysox, who clinched an Eastern League playoff spot with Wednesday's 8-3 win, will try to sweep the five-game series tonight before following the Phillies back to Reading, Pa., for a two-game series.

"We're in a good stretch right now and you just kind of feel like you're going to win," said Baysox manager Pete Mackanin, whose team is 6-2 on this homestand and 18-6 in August. "The way I feel now is, we're going to win and I don't care if we're down by three or four runs."

Shortstop Edgar Alfonzo didn't seem to care, either, as he erased a two-run margin in the fifth inning with a two-out double to right-center field that scored Kris Gresham, Curtis Goodwin and Jose Millares (2-for-3).

After giving up a bases-empty home run to Rick Holifield on his second pitch, Annapolis High graduate Rick Forney (13-8) put it behind him and gave the Baysox a strong 7 1/3 innings. Before being relieved by Armando Benitez, Forney -- who received additional instruction from Orioles pitching coach Dick Bosman -- struck out three and yielded two runs and six hits.

"My location was decent, but the curveball bailed me out," said Forney, who got a home run-saving catch from Goodwin in the first inning. "On different nights you learn something about yourself. I didn't have my best stuff tonight, but I battled through."

Jack Voigt, who had gone 5-for-5 with four RBIs the night before, gave Benitez some breathing room with an eighth-inning single to center that scored Rob Lukachyk.

Benitez picked up his 14th save in a commanding fashion, striking out three in 1 2/3 innings and not allowing a base runner.

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