Edgar Alfonzo drew a bases-loaded walk with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning last night, giving the Bowie Baysox a 3-2 victory over the New Britain Red Sox in the opener of an Eastern League doubleheader at Memorial Stadium.
The second game did not end in time to be included in this edition.
The first game was delayed by rain in the bottom of the seventh for 1 hour, 38 minutes.
Zack Dzafic replaced starter Tim Smith after the delay, completed Smith's sixth strikeout, then got one of his own to send the game into extra innings.
After reliever Dave Paveloff survived a Red Sox threat in the top of the eighth, Jimmy Roso singled to lead off the Baysox's half.
A single by Brad Tyler moved pinch runner Sam Ferretti to second and both advanced on a sacrifice by Jason Alstead. New Britain catcher Kevin Carroll lost the ball briefly, preventing any play at third.
With the infield in, T. R. Lewis grounded to first baseman Jason Friedman, who threw home in time to nab Ferretti. The Red Sox intentionally walked Brent Miller, loading the bases with two out.
Alfonzo then walked on a 3-1 pitch, collecting his second RBI in a game in which he did not get a hit.
The Baysox took a 2-0 lead against Smith in the first on a one-out walk to Jim Wawruck, a single by Lewis, an RBI single by Miller and Alfonzo's run-scoring grounder.
Bowie did not have another hit until two were out in the fifth when Tyler bunted over the pitcher's head and beat it out.
A first-inning New Britain threat against Rick Krivda went awry when Jim Morrison was nabbed at third on a double-steal attempt.
But the Red Sox scored a run in the second after Krivda hit Bryan Brown with a pitch and balked him to second. Friedman looped a single to center to knock home the run.
New Britain tied the score in the fifth after Krivda walked Les Wallin to leadoff the inning. Kevin Carroll's sacrifice and Morrison's shot past Alfonzo at third scored Wallin.
Bowie's All-Star pitcher left the game after walking Wallin with one out in the seventh. Carroll also walked after going to 3-2 against Paveloff, who escaped the inning by getting a fly out and a strikeout.
After Smith struck out Cameron to start the Baysox' seventh, the tarpaulin was paced on the infield.
Smith entered the night 1-1 against the Baysox with a 3-1 victory in his most recent outing. Krivda had made just one start against the Red Sox and was removed after one inning of a 13-4 Bowie victory.
Planes, buses and all-stars
Making the Eastern League All-Star Game in Memphis, Tenn., next Monday night should be an adventure for Baysox manager Don Buford and Krivda, the team's only representative.
The Baysox are playing in New Britain, Conn., the day before and no flights are available to Memphis after the game.
"It's going to be very difficult," said Buford. "Rick and I will have to ride the bus back here [about seven hours], then get up very early to catch a flight [on game day]. We have no choice."
Buford was not pleased with the shortage of Baysox on the roster, particularly since he became the All-Star manager because his team had the top record of all American League teams in Double-A.
"We should have had at least two players," he said, mentioning left fielder Jim Wawruck, catcher Gregg Zaun (currently injured), second baseman Tyler and pitchers Jim Dedrick and Chuck Ricci (now with Rochester) as deserving.
Buford said he is unfamiliar with much of his all-star squad and will "try to give every pitcher an inning and play everyone on the roster."
NOTES: Entering last night's doubleheader, the Baysox had scored four runs in their past 43 innings against New Britain, the league's last-place team. The stretch included a shutout by the Red Sox' Frank Rodriguez and a combined shutout by Gary Painter and Joe Ciccarella. . . . Kevin Ryan has been moved to the Bowie bullpen where he had made only one appearance all season. In his relief outing against Harrisburg, Ryan allowed six runs (one earned) in two-thirds of an inning. . . . Chito Martinez, who left the Baysox this week, has been activated at Roches ter. . . . Because of the rain delay last night which chased many fans home early, Max Patkin has agreed to return today to perform again.