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. Better yet, for the first time in four 1993 starts, he did not yield a home run.
He was named the Orioles' top minor-league pitcher a year ago when he won 17 games in Single-A stops at Kane County and Frederick.
"They [the Orioles] think I'm still learning," he said. "[But] I'm past the learning stage. I know how to pitch. Starting out 3-0 in Double-A is a great step. I'm not saying I don't have anything else to prove. Triple-A is the next step."
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. It's uncertain how much time he will miss. . . . The Baysox have made just one error in their last eight games. . . . The Baysox's Jim Dedrick (0.00), Chuck Ricci (0.00) and Jason Satre (1.11) rank 1-2-3 in ERA in the Eastern League. Dedrick has worked the most innings (13) of any EL pitcher who has not allowed an earned run. . . . Outfielder Kyle Washington is 0-for-the-road in 19 at-bats this season, but is 11-for-29 at Memorial Stadium after getting two hits last night.