Baysox drop opening series

April 10, 1995|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

BOWIE -- The first series of the season was not kind to the Bowie Baysox.

Yesterday, they fell behind early again and never caught up as the Norwich Navigators scored a 6-2 victory to take their season-opening Eastern League series, three games to one.

Baysox starter Toby Lehman, a Rule V draftee from the Chicago White Sox, pitched well enough after a shaky first inning, but a three-run homer by Brian Turner off Bowie reliever Scott Conner in the sixth put the game away.

It was the fifth homer of the series by the Navigators, a New York Yankees affiliate that moved to Norwich, Conn., from Albany-Colonie, N.Y.

"This is an inexperienced Double-A team that is still going to make some mistakes," said Bowie manager Bob Miscik. "I look for us to do a lot better as the season goes along."

Norwich pitching held the Baysox without a home run. Bowie scored only 13 runs in the four games.

The Baysox had a chance to make a serious run after Turner's homer pushed Norwich ahead 5-0 in the top of the sixth.

In the bottom half, starter and winner Jeff Antolick weakened. An error began his downfall. Then one-out singles by Roy Hodge, Eric Chavez and Sean Hugo accounted for one run and loaded the bases.

Jose Millares then hit a towering fly to right that Alexis Cabreja lost in the sun, the ball falling for a single and a second run scoring.

But Antolick pitched out of what could have been a disaster by inducing Gregg Castaldo to hit into a rally-killing double play.

That was the only real uprising by the Bowie offense, which produced 10 hits, including a wasted triple by Castaldo, but couldn't get one when it counted most.

"We just haven't come up with many big hits yet," said Miscik. "In RBI situations today, we were too aggressive, not waiting for pitches we could handle.

"They hurt us in this series with some home runs, and I thought they got a lot of breaks and we didn't."

Norwich scored twice in the first inning on a run-scoring double by Nick DelVecchio and a run-scoring single by Scott Romano.

In the sixth, Conner hit DelVecchio with a pitch to open the inning and Romano singled to center. Turner followed with his shot over the right-field fence.

The Navigators' bullpen did not allow a hit over the last three innings and allowed only two base runners, one of whom was erased on a double play.

Norwich 200 003 001 -- 6 10 1

Bowie . 000 002 000 -- 2 10 2

Antolick, Long (7), DeJean (9) and Figga; Lehman, Conner (5), Lane (7), Lemp (9) and Waszgis. HR: N--Turner (1).

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