Senators foil Krivda, Baysox


Rick Krivda has twice pitched excellent baseball this season against the Harrisburg Senators, leaders of the Double-A Eastern League.

He still hasn't found a way to beat them.

Last night, the Bowie Baysox left-hander gave up two first-inning runs, one of them unearned, then settled down to shut out the league's most dangerous offensive club for the next seven innings.

The damage was irreversible, however, as Harrisburg left-hander Kirk Reuter blanked the Baysox for a 2-0 victory before 1,133 at Memorial Stadium.

Reuter, the Senators' No. 4 starter, has pitched 21 consecutive scoreless innings.

"Our guy got the ball up in the first inning, and that was the difference in a well-pitched game," said Baysox manager Don Buford. "Their guy had us hitting ground balls [14 outs] all night."

"I guess I was trying to be too fine [early]," said Krivda, who went seven innings and gave up only five hits, one a homer by Cliff Floyd, at Harrisburg on April 23. The Baysox lost the game, 2-1, on an unearned run in the 10th.

"I think I expected every pitch to be right there. But that team can really swing the bats. They have a good mix of veterans and young guys and a lot of pop."

Plus a little luck.

With one out in the first, Tim Barker started the game's only successful rally with a dribbler down the third-base line that stayed fair for a single.

Floyd followed with a line single to right, sending Barker to third. Floyd took off on a steal attempt and Baysox catcher Gregg Zaun threw wide and high to second. The ball went into center field for an error and Barker scored.

One out later, Shane Andrews singled home Floyd.

Krivda, previously unbeaten, then accomplished his aim of "not putting too many men out there with the big guys up."

With some help from his defense, including a sensational play by Brent Miller to start an inning-ending 3-6-3 double play, Krivda had only two other runners in scoring position to deal with after the first.

Edgar Alfonzo threw one out at the plate trying to score on a grounder to third, and Miller's effort prevented the second from scoring.

But the Baysox attack had no answer to Rueter, who did not pitch in their first series.

Bowie (15-8) had only two men reach second base all night, both times with two out.

So, the Senators built their league lead to 2 1/2 games over the Baysox with their fourth straight victory and 12th in the past 14 games.

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