Errors and sloppy play proved costly for the Bowie Baysox, who lost their fourth straight game, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Binghamton Mets last night in a Double-A Eastern League game at Memorial Stadium.
The most glaring example of the kind of night it was for Bowie came in its half of the eighth inning. With one out, Stanton Cameron lashed a double into the gap in right field.
Bowie manager Don Buford held his hands high in the third-base coaching box, instructing Cameron to stop at second. He disregarded the sign and was easily caught at third on a perfect relay from right fielder Chris Butterfield to second baseman Quilvio Veras to third baseman Butch Huskey.
"I was two strides from second base and the right fielder hadn't picked the ball up," Cameron said. "They needed to make two good relays to get me and they did. I was trying to do too much."
The Baysox rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game with two runs in the sixth, but they handed over the winning run in the next inning.
Veras led off the top of the seventh with a ground rule double into the right field stands. He took third on Bert Hunter's pop out to second and when Ricky Otero lofted a fly ball to shallow right, he was ready to challenge the throw. But Cameron dropped the ball, making Veras' trip to home easy and setting off a chorus of boos from the stands.
Baysox mistakes led to Binghamton's first two runs. With two out and a pair of runners on, the Mets' Joe Delli Carri slapped a hard grounder down the third-base line. Third baseman Brad Tyler, stationed close to the bag, appeared ready to make the play, but the ball skipped past him and caromed off the fence in front of the third-base seats and away from left fielder Jim Wawruck. Buford was surprisingly unfazed by his team's mistakes.
"I'm just trying to teach and develop them to make it to the next level," Buford said. "Sure, there were foolish mistakes. But, in my position, I'm always thinking in terms of development."
In the bottom of the sixth, Bowie broke through against Mets starter Joe Roa. With one out, Tyler and T.R. Lewis singed. Both scored on Cameron's double into the right-center-field alley.