Frustrated Baysox Miss Ko Punch Against Trenton

Brown's 10th-inning Hr Off Snyder Wins It, 8-7

Minor Leagues

April 21, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

BOWIE -- Frustration was the name of the game for the Bowie Baysox yesterday.

Randy Brown's 10th-inning home run off closer Matt Snyder was the difference in an 8-7 Trenton victory, but it was the lack of a clutch hit that really undermined the Baysox in a Double-A Eastern League game at Prince George's Stadium.

Bowie (9-5) had the bases loaded with one out in each of the final two innings and couldn't deliver a knockout after battling back from deficits all afternoon.

"It was a tough game. We had our opportunities and didn't execute," Baysox manager Joe Ferguson said. "But you can't score if you don't get them out there [on base] and we did that."

Brown's homer over the centerfield fence came with one out in the 10th after Bowie had missed a big chance in the bottom of the ninth when the Thunder botched a bunt play.

A bases-loaded walk to Kevin Curtis by Brad Tweedlie (1-1) tied the game at 7 before Melvin Rosario's grand-slam bid hooked foul.

Rosario then bounced into a forceout at the plate and Tweedlie struck out Chris Kirgan.

In the 10th, a broken-bat single by pinch-hitter Howie Clark and two walks by Tweedlie filled the bags again. But Dean Peterson entered to get the third and fourth hitters in the Bowie lineup, Mike Berry and Johnny Isom, on a pop-up and fly ball.

Homers by Patrick Bryant and Michael Coleman punctuated the Thunder attack, but it was Brown who did the major damage, driving home four runs altogether.

Bowie's only lead came via a three-run fourth launched by Curtis' double and culminated by Lou Frazier's run-scoring forceout.

The Thunder answered with a three-run fifth with Bryant leading off with his homer against Sidney Ponson, who suffered his second straight sub-par outing.

"Sidney has had a lack of command in the last two games," said Ferguson of the player Baseball America rated the Orioles' No. 1 prospect. "I don't believe he used his pitches properly. He went to a lot of deep counts."

Ponson had pitched 16 straight scoreless innings at home before Trenton (10-6) nicked him for a second-inning run. The Baysox got Ponson off the hook in the eighth on a pinch double by Rosario and two groundouts.

Keys 9, Cannons 5: Jim Foster went 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs and Carlos Akins knocked in three runs to power Frederick to a Single-A Carolina League victory at Prince William.

Reliever Jason Rogers (2-0) allowed one hit and no runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Boll Weevils 4, Shorebirds 0: Piedmont left-hander Kris Stevens became only the second pitcher in the Single-A South Atlantic League to throw a complete game this season. He allowed just two hits and struck out seven to deal visiting Delmarva its third consecutive loss.

Kevin Nichols broke a scoreless tie with a bases-empty homer in the fifth.

Pub Date: 4/21/97

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