Both ends of the Bowie Baysox battery had all sorts of problems last night, and the Albany-Colonie Yankees sensed the uneasiness and took complete advantage in a 12-4 rout before 7,410 fans at Memorial Stadium.
Bowie's Gregg Zaun, still recoving from tendinitis, was starting at catcher for only the second time since his return from the disabled
list Thursday and it was apparent that his arm strength was nowhere near 100 percent. Albany stole five bases in the first three innings.
"He's used to throwing runners out, and he just can't do that now," second baseman Brad Tyler said of Zaun, who was replaced in the fifth inning by Cesar Devarez. "What we need is for the pitchers to hold runners on."
Starting pitcher Eric Schullstrom (5-7) was tagged for seven runs and six hits in three innnings.
The Yankees took immediate advantage of Zaun when Rich Barnwell singled to lead off the game and stole second. Robert Eenhoorn walked and then the pair pulled off a double steal. One out later, Barwell scored on a fielder's choice.
After the Baysox scored twice in the bottom of the first -- thanks to a Brent Miller two-run homer -- Albany scored four times in the second after two were out. Joe DeBerry doubled, then Schullstrom walked Gordon Sanchez and Barnwell before Eenhoorn hit a grand slam to left.