Baysox's rally falls short, 4-3 Yankees hold off Bowie in first game


It was too little, too late for the Bowie Baysox in the first game of last night's doubleheader with the Albany-Colonie Yankees at Memorial Stadium.

Despite scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and one in the bottom of the seventh, the Baysox could not overcome the Yankees and lost, 4-3.

The Yankees (45-41) used a decisive three-run fifth inning and an insurance run in the sixth to hold off the Baysox, who fell to 47-41.

Down 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Baysox began the inning with two quick outs. Then Baysox left fielder Sam Ferretti walked and went to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Yankees catcher Gordon Sanchez.

First baseman T.R. Lewis then drove a shot over the left-field wall for two runs.

Yankees pitcher Brien Taylor got third baseman Edgar Alfonzo on a pop to first to end the rally.

In the seventh, Baysox designated hitter Gregg Zaun hit a single to left. Yankees manager Bill Evers brought in reliever Rafael Quirico, who got the next two batters to ground out, and Zaun moved to third.

Baysox Jimmy Roso, pinch hitting for second baseman Brad Tyler, hit a single to right, and Zaun scored. Richard Batchelor was called in and gave up a single to Brent Miller, who pinch hit for catcher Cesar Devarez.

Center fielder Kyle Washington grounded out to third for the final out.

Taylor recorded the win, improving to 8-5. Baysox pitcher Jose Mercedes was the loser and dropped to 2-5. Batchelor got his 17th save.

Before the fifth inning, the game had become a pitching duel between Taylor, the New York Yankees first pick in the 1991 summer draft, and Jose Mercedes (2-5).

Taylor had given up only three hits until the sixth inning.

Until the fifth, Mercedes gave up two hits -- both in a first-inning jam with bases loaded and one out.

But Mercedes struck out left fielder Lyle Mouton, and third baseman Tim Flannelly popped to third to end the inning.

But in the fifth, Mercedes was not as fortunate. With two outs, Yankees shortstop Robert Eenhoorn hit a double down the left-field line. Right fielder Jalal Leach singled to right, and

Eenhoorn scored.

Yankees second baseman Kevin Jordan advanced Leach to third with an infield single. Mouton then hit a two-run double to right center. Flannelly lined to shortstop to end the inning.

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