Rick Krivda doesn't want to be known as a seven-inning pitcher. But if he can duplicate the seven innings he threw last night often enough, there will be few losses and no regrets.
The 23-year-old left-hander held Reading to two hits, and did not allow a runner to get as far as second base, but left in the eighth because of the Orioles' organizational edict on pitch counts.
After 109 pitches and a 2-0 lead, he gave way to Tommy Taylor, who had an anxious eighth but a strong ninth to get his first save of the season.
"John [pitching coach John O'Donoghue] told me, 'If we don't score, you can go back out another inning. But once we score, Tommy's in,' " Krivda said.
As fate would have it, the Baysox, 12-6, broke out of their offensive doldrums with two runs in the seventh. They ended an 0-for-21 drought with runners in scoring position when Brad Tyler hit a broken-bat, RBI single to right, and got what proved to be the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Jim Wawruck.
It was enough to improve Krivda's record to 3-0 this season. Last year's minor-league strikeout king with 188, Krivda struck out seven and walked one.
NOTES: Outfielder Chito Martinez, sent down to Double-A this week by the Orioles, is out for an indefinite period with a strained ligament in his left knee. He suffered the injury running the bases in the second game of the Baysox's doubleheader Tuesday night.