Baysox unravel against Phillies in 6-3 defeat

Four-run Reading third brings end to Bowie's three-game win streak

Minor-League Baseball

April 08, 2000|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

BOWIE -- The Bowie Baysox had won their first three, but the streak ended last night before 8,916 fans at Prince George's Stadium.

A four-run Reading uprising in the third held up against a Baysox offense that went dormant for the final five innings and the Phillies prevailed, 6-3, in the Double-A Eastern League.

Starter Sean Douglass -- three weeks short of his 21st birthday -- absorbed the hard-luck loss for Bowie, which was making its debut under manager Andy Etchebarren.

"I made some mistakes, but it wasn't too bad for the first time," said Douglass after his first start at this level. "The fastball and the changeup located pretty well from the beginning, but with the breaking ball, I threw some good ones and some poor ones."

The Phillies launched their decisive rally with a one-out double by Jason Knupfer. One out later, Douglass walked Eric Valent and hit Skip Kiil to create a jam. He then hung a curve to 31-year-old Pete Rose Jr, who punched it into right field for a two-run single.

Douglass appeared to be escaping when Rusty McNamara hit a fly ball to deep right field that Darnell McDonald seemed to have in hand, but the ball caromed off McDonald's glove for a two-base error and two more runs scored.

"He dropped the ball. It just happened," said Etchebarren. "I've got to think it got on him a little quicker than he thought it would."

Jason Michaels and Kiil later slugged bases-empty homers to provide Reading insurance.

Singles by McDonald and Jayson Werth, their double steal and a sacrifice fly by Howie Clark scored Bowie's first run in the first.

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