Indians get sweep of Baysox, 7-1 Smith hit hard after promotion


CANTON, Ohio -- For the Bowie Baysox, happiness was seeing Ohio in their rearview mirror.

The Canton-Akron Indians completed a four-game sweep of Bowie last night with a 7-1 victory in Double-A Eastern League action.

"Nothing makes playing on the road difficult," Baysox manager Don Buford said. "But you like to see consistency in all phases of the game. I think you probably didn't see that tonight or the last three nights."

The Indians took nine of 10 from the Baysox this season at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium. Bowie won seven of the 10 contests in Baltimore.

The sweep extended second-place Canton's win streak to seven games. The Baysox trail the third-place Albany-Colonie Yankees by 1 1/2 games in the Eastern League.

Bowie's Mark Smith (0-1) experienced a rough outing after being promoted from Single-A Frederick. The Indians scored seven runs off Smith in 2 1/3 innings before he was replaced by Chuck Ricci.

The Baysox had come to Canton with eight pitchers before Smith and Jason Satre were added yesterday.

"We certainly would like to have a complete pitching staff, but there were injuries throughout the organization and we had to make adjustments here," Buford said.

T. R. Lewis and Jim Wawruck had two hits each for Bowie.

Julio Peguero, Canton's first batter, led off with a single, Miguel Flores followed with an RBI double and the rout was on.

Greg Sparks widened the gap to 3-0 with a bases-empty home run in the second.

The Indians added four runs in the third to chase Smith. David Bell hit a run-scoring double and Hector Vargas drove in two runs with a shot off the wall in left.

Dave Mlicki (1-0), who is coming off shoulder surgery this spring and is one of Cleveland's top pitching prospects, was the winner for Canton, giving up two hits in five innings.

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