FREDERICK — BOWIE -- The pre-game sky was bright with fireworks to celebrate the season opener. Then the Bowie Baysox bombed away on their own last night.
The Baysox clubbed three home runs in the first three innings to back left-hander John O'Donoghue and went on to romp past the Trenton Thunder, 10-1, in a Double-A Eastern League game.
O'Donoghue returned to the Orioles' organization with a flourish after a year with Albuquerque, the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate.
He allowed only one hit -- a leadoff double in the fourth by Donnie TC Sadler -- and threw only 73 pitches during his six innings.
"That's as good as I've ever seen John throw and I had him the better part of two years in Rochester," said Bowie manager Bob Miscik.
"I didn't have anything outstanding, but I was getting ahead of the hitters and tried to throw as many strikes as I could," said O'Donoghue, who had two stints with the Orioles three summers ago.
Danny Clyburn was voted the Orioles' outstanding minor-league position player this spring, and he showed why with a three-run, first-inning homer to the opposite field off loser Brian Barkley.
Barkley went on to permit nine runs in the first three innings,
including a line shot over the right-field fence by Brent Bowers in the second and a leadoff homer by Kevin Curtis over the left-field fence in the third.
The crowd was announced as 2,802, but barely a third of that total was in the stands on a windy, bone-chilling night.
O'Donoghue was unaffected, however. Only two Thunder players reached base against him and Chris Allison was thrown out by Kris Gresham in trying to steal in the first inning.
"Mentally, I think he's thankful we've given him another opportunity," said Miscik of his starter. "I think he realizes his time is running out."
O'Donoghue will be 27 next month. He was released by the Dodgers during spring training and then signed by the Orioles, apparently for Rpchester.
"I'm thrilled because it's like coming home," he said. "My time with the Dodgers was well spent, but I needed a place to pitch and here I am.
"My in-laws live a half-hour away [Alexandria, Va.], so I'm glad to be here. I'm just going to get work in and do the best I can, pitch to pitch."
Trenton 000 000 100 -- 1 6 2
Bowie ..351 000 01x -- 10 12 1
Barkley, Blais (5), Schullstrom (7), Eversgerd (8) and McKeel; O'Donoghue, Yan (7), Schuermann (8), Lemp (9) and Gresham. HR: B--Clyburn (1), Bowers (2), Curtis (1).
Keys 15, Hillcats 7
FREDERICK -- Tom D'Aquila went 4-for-5 with four RBIs to lead Frederick over Lynchburg in the Single-A Carolina League.
Chris Fussell (1-0) earned the win (five innings, two hits, one run, two walks and six strikeouts).
Red Wings 7, Lynx 2
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Cesar Devarez drove in three runs with a double in a four-run third inning, helping Rochester complete a three-game sweep of Ottawa.
Playing just his second game of the Triple-A International League season, Devarez went 4-for-4, with two doubles and two singles. His two-out double in the third inning gave Rochester (3-1) a 5-0 lead.
The Red Wings improved to 3-1. Ottawa dropped to 2-4.
Sand Gnats 13, Shorebirds 9
SAVANNAH, Ga.-- Savannah used a 10-run fourth inning to hand Delmarva its first Single-A South Atlantic League loss after six victories.
Pub Date: 4/11/96