Pickering's hit in 9th gives Shorebirds 1-0 victory Bombers get their first hit in top half of that inning

Minor-League Baseball

April 12, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Calvin Pickering singled home the game's only run with one out in the ninth inning, as the Delmarva Shorebirds won their first home game as an Orioles franchise, 1-0, over the Capital City Bombers last night in a Single-A South Atlantic League game in Salisbury.

Pickering, the Orioles' Minor League Player of the Year last season, came to the plate against Osvaldo Coronado with Darrell Dent and Maleke Fowler on first and third via singles.

"I don't expect them to pitch to me at that time," said Pickering, who lined the ball to left field to score Dent. "I love that kind of challenge when I'm hitting. All we needed was a fly ball to the outfield."

The Shorebirds' pitching staff held the Bombers without a hit until the ninth when Gabe Molina allowed an infield single to Garrick Haltiwanger. Shortstop Evanon Coffie had a play on the ball, but Haltiwanger beat out the chopper.

Starter Cameron Forbes, Bob Morseman and Molina combined for 13 strikeouts and the Shorebirds picked off three runners, including one at third base nabbed by catcher Tim DeCinces.

"The pitching kept throwing up zeros," said Delmarva manager Tommy Shields. "Forbes was nervous but he battled his way through it and DeCinces did a great job behind the plate. He must have blocked 15 balls."

Meanwhile, utility man Eric Chavez and pitcher Josh Towers were added to the Shorebirds' roster. The Orioles want Chavez, who was playing behind catcher Melvin Rosario at Bowie, to get more time behind the plate. At the same time, reliever Tim Olszewski was promoted to Frederick and outfielder Joel Stephens was assigned to extended spring training.

Baysox 2, Phillies 1: Lou Frazier's one-out single in the 13th inning scored Johnny Isom from second with the winning run, as Bowie won in its first road game to improve to 6-1 in the Double-A Eastern League. Isom had led off the inning with a double.

Rod Steph (1-0) earned the win.

Keys 1, Avalanche 0: Carlos Akins' eighth-inning sacrifice fly scored Mike Lanza to lift Frederick (5-2) over Salem in its Single-A Carolina League home opener.

Lanza led off the inning with a double off reliever Jason Dietrick and moved to third on Jason Lecronier's sacrifice bunt.

Pub Date: 4/12/97

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