Throwing error on sacrifice carries Baysox to 2-1 win in 12 Ponson: 6 innings, 1 hit

Kingsale injured on slide

April 05, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

BOWIE -- On a perfect night for baseball, Akron's defense came undone in the 12th inning, giving the Bowie Baysox a 2-1 victory before 5,399 in their Eastern League opener at Prince George's County Stadium.

David Dellucci reached on a throwing error by Akron first lTC baseman Greg Thomas to start the inning before Jesse Garcia attempted to sacrifice. Losing pitcher Johnny Martinez fielded the bunt and fired the ball over Thomas' head and Dellucci circled the bases to score the winning run.

Garcia knocked in the Baysox' first run with a second-inning single, but the Aeros tied the game in the eighth on two singles and a throwing error by Bowie reliever Matt Snyder.

Baysox hitters struck out 16 times, tying a club record. Wady Almonte, the No. 5 hitter, was a victim five times and Chris Kirgan, the cleanup hitter, went down four times.

Mel Rosario's double for Bowie was the only extra-base hit for either team.

Sidney Ponson had a no-hitter for the Baysox for 5 1/3 innnings before Chip Glass singled cleanly to left field.

Ponson was removed after six innings because he was "close to 85 pitches and that's enough. I would have taken him out even if he still had the no-hitter," Bowie manager Joe Ferguson said.

One of the Orioles' top prospects, outfielder Eugene Kingsale, was injured attempting to steal third base with no outs in the bottom of the first and left the game.

"It's at least a sprain of his left knee and we don't know yet how bad it's going to be," Ferguson said. "He got himself into a bad position and made a poor slide."

Akron .. 000 ..000 ..010 ...000 ...-- ..1 ..4 ..2

Bowie ...010 ..000 ..000 ...001 ...-- ..2 ..6 ..3

Wright, Dougherty (7), Martinez (10) and Moyle; Ponson, Bullard (7), Snyder (8), Steph (10), Bennett (12) and Rosario.

Shorebirds 9, RedStixx 6: Darrell Dent went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Roberto Rivera went 2-for-5 with a homer as Delmarva rallied to win its Single-A South Atlantic League opener in Columbus, Ga.

Reliever Matt Ramagli, just purchased by the Orioles on Wednesday from the North Atlantic League, earned the win with one inning of relief.

Columbus, a Cleveland Indians affiliate, led 5-1 after three innings, but Delmarva chipped away before taking the lead permanently in the seventh.

Blue Rocks 3, Keys 2: Donovan Dulaney drew a bases-loaded, one-out walk in the ninth inning to defeat Frederick in the Single-A Carolina League opener for both teams in Wilmington, Del.

Frederick had tied the game in the top of the ninth on Lincoln Martin's groundout and Rick Short's single.

The teams had four hits apiece, and Frederick pitching dominated most of the game. Keys starter Todd Dyess struck out six and reliever Radhames Dykhoff fanned nine in 3 1/3 innings.

Pub Date: 4/05/97

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