Baysox start slowly, then pound Red Sox


It was not Rick Krivda's night.

The Bowie Baysox left-hander ranked among the Double-A Eastern League's pitching leaders when it started, but he was gone after the New Britain Red Sox racked him for three first-inning runs with two out.

But the rest of the game belonged to the Baysox, who responded to their second largest home crowd of the season (6,083) with a resounding 13-4 victory.

Erik Schullstrom rescued Krivda with a scoreless five-inning performance and their teammates poured on the offense against three New Britain pitchers.

"He was outstanding," said manager Don Buford of Schullstrom. "He wanted to go more but that's about the most pitches [93] he's thrown for us."

Buford had a 30-minute talk with Krivda after the game to explain why he was removed after one inning.

"I just told him the mannerisms he was showing after giving up the runs weren't positive ones," said the manager. "I wasn't taking a chance and going any farther. All his pitches for hits were up. I just sensed something was wrong."

Schullstrom struck out nine in his stint, the team high for the season, and while he was on the mound, the Baysox built a 6-3 lead.

Tim Holland contributed a two-run double and stretched his hitting streak to a team-best eight games in the second inning. And Gregg Zaun equaled Holland's batting streak with a three-run double off former major-leaguer Peter Hoy in the seventh that put the game out of reach.

In between, Brad Tyler hit his third home run into the right-field bleachers off Red Sox starter and loser Jim Vanegmond (0-5).

The Baysox added another run in the third inning on the second of five singles by Edgar Alfonzo, another season high for Bowie.

Zaun later added a run-scoring single for his fourth RBI of the game.

Martinez was activated by the Baysox yesterday and started last night as the designated hitter.

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