Record crowd sees Baysox lose

August 27, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

BOWIE -- Max Patkin, the Clown Prince of Baseball, entertained the record crowd of 13,710 at Prince George's County Stadium throughout last night's Eastern League matchup between the Bowie Baysox and the Reading Phillies.

But the Baysox weren't smiling after this one, as the Phillies avoided a sweep of the five-game series with a 3-2 victory.

After yielding a single and a sacrifice bunt to start the eighth inning, Bowie starter Vaughn Eshelman (11-8) hit a batter, loaded the bases with a walk and then hit another batter to let in the go-ahead run before reliever Steve Chitren took over.

Chitren, who entered the game with the bases filled, got the Baysox out of the inning, but the damage was done.

"I'm of the opinion that most games are lost and not won, and that was a perfect example of a game I think we lost," said Bowie manager Pete Mackanin, whose team will play the Phillies tonight and tomorrow in Reading, Pa., before traveling to Canton, Ohio, for a three-game series with the Canton-Akron Indians.

"I thought we had their pitcher [starter Chip Duncan] on the ropes early and we let him off the hook. If you give these pitchers a second opportunity, most of the time they're not going to give you another one."

Reliever Ricky Bottalico, one of the few bright spots on the struggling Phillies, struck out two of the six batters he faced to claim his 19th save.

Jack Voigt extended his hitting streak to eight games and put the Baysox ahead early with a two-run homer to left.

The Phillies got one back in the second inning when third baseman David Hayden singled home Mike Gomez, who reached on a double. Hayden tried to stretch his hit to right field into a double but was thrown out by right fielder Alex Ochoa.

Hayden singled home another run in the fourth to make it 2-2, but the inning ended abruptly as Ochoa registered his 20th assist by throwing out Gomez, who tried to get from first to third on the grounder to right.

Neither team could muster a hit or a runner in the fifth, sixth or seventh innings.

Duncan got the win and improved to 4-2 after striking out three and giving up two runs and four hits in seven innings.

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