The Bowie Baysox are in a battle for second place in the Eastern League, but the team in the basement isn't making their labors any easier.
On shutout night at Memorial Stadium, New Britain bounced back from a 5-0 first-game loss in the completion of a suspended game to blank the Baysox, 2-0, last night behind the pitching of Gary Painter and Joe Ciccarella.
It was a seven-inning nightcap in which Bowie (41-35) had only one scoring opportunity and that ended in controversy.
With men on second and third and two out in the bottom of the fifth, Tim Holland hit a slow roller to second baseman Jim Crowley.
On a bang-bang play at first, umpire Brad Geaslin called Holland out to end the rally, prompting the runner and first-base coach Joe Durham to protest vigorously.
"No question about it, he was safe," said Durham, who was ejected for continuing the argument an inning later.
Otherwise, the Baysox did not push a runner into scoring position, managing just two singles while losing for the fourth time in seven meetings with New Britain (28-49).
The Baysox made a number of running mistakes in both games, but got away with them in the opener when Jim Dedrick took a 3-0, fourth-inning lead and protected it with 5 2/3 , four-hit innings.
"We didn't execute very well and didn't get enough hits in the second game," said Bowie manager Don Buford. "The season is just now at the halfway mark and we can't make the kind of mistakes we made."
The defeat in the nightcap broke a four-game Baysox winning streak and made a losing pitcher of Erik Schullstrom, who allowed four hits.
Bowie wasted little time adding to its suspended-game edge against Stephen Mintz, scoring twice in the fifth on an RBI single by T. R. Lewis and a force out by Edgar Alfonzo.
There was opportunity for more, but one out was recorded at third on Alfonzo's looping single to left, which turned into a fielder's choice and another when Lewis was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on a fielder's choice grounder.
Dedrick allowed four singles and a fifth runner when Kyle Washington erred on a routine fly ball to right-center. But he was aided by two double plays.
He has a 5-2 record and 1.55 ERA this season as a reliever.
* The Baysox have purchased a new lightweight tarpaulin to prevent reoccurrences of the problems that arise when volunteers have to be solicited to pull the old tarp on the field
during sudden storms.
During the previous homestand, about 50 people were brought out of the stands when an unexpected and heavy storm hit Memorial Stadium. They left a portion of the infield uncovered, it became a muddy mess and the game had to be postponed.
NOTES: The Baysox are expecting large crowds tonight and tomorrow night when Morganna and Max Patkin make their annual appearances. . . Chito Martinez, who has been with the Baysox since the end of April, will report to the Rochester Red Wings today to continue his comeback from a knee injury. He batted only 12 times for the Baysox, getting one hit.