Krivda, Baysox stop Phils, 2-1 BASEBALL


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.

Krivda faced one batter over the minimum for seven innings, pitching the Bowie Baysox to a 2-1 Eastern League victory over the Reading Phillies at Memorial Stadium.

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.

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