Baysox throw off wild Akron

DeShields contributes little to 4-3 victory

April 10, 1999|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

BOWIE -- The Bowie Baysox's 1999 season was delayed almost exactly two hours by a severe thunderstorm last night, but it was worth their wait.

With Orioles second baseman Delino DeShields in their lineup on a rehabilitation assignment, the Baysox capitalized on the wildness of two Akron pitchers and a crucial error to score a 4-3 Eastern League victory before 5,424 chilled spectators at Prince George's Stadium.

Bowie broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning when Akron catcher Angelo Encarnacion threw wildly into center field with two runners moving after a strikeout of Carlos Casimiro. The attempt to cut down pinch-runner Darrell Dent allowed Ivanon Coffie to trot home with the winning run.

The Baysox took a 2-1 lead in the third inning on Aeros starter Jamie Brown's bases-loaded walk to Johnny Isom, then expanded to 3-1 in the sixth on a run-scoring grounder by Wady Almonte following three bases on balls issued by Jimmy Hamilton.

Less than half the announced crowd was in attendance in sub-50 degree temperatures when DeShields completed what may be a one-game stint in Double-A ball. He is eligible to be activated from the Orioles' disabled list today.

DeShields suffered a fractured left thumb in an intrasquad game March 4 when he was hit by a line drive struck by outfielder Luis Matos.

Batting in the leadoff spot, he hit the first pitch from Brown for a solid single to right field, then was picked off first by Encarnacion.

Brown nicked DeShields with a pitch in the third inning before the new Oriole lashed a line drive the opposite way to third that turned into a fifth-inning double play. Marc Deschenes caught DeShields looking at strike three in his final at-bat before retiring from the game after six innings. He demonstrated no ill effects from the injury.

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