Yanks club Baysox playoffs next End regular season at Memorial with loss


The Bowie Baysox didn't get nearly as much use out of Memorial Stadium as the Orioles did, and they still have at least one more game to play there, an Eastern League semifinal this week.

But as their parent club did in October 1991, the Baysox ended their regular season at the old ballpark with a loss, 9-6 to the Albany-Colonie Yankees yesterday before 5,501.

All in all, the Baysox, who are expected to move into a 10,000-seat stadium in Prince George's County next season, proclaimed their experience at Memorial Stadium a success.

"We're leaving a major-league stadium with a rich history of world championship play and world championship teams. It was exciting for us to be here this year," said Bowie manager Don Buford.

"It was a real nostalgic feeling for me to play where so much history was made and to get a sense of that," said infielder Dan Ramirez.

The Baysox, who finished third, ended the year with a 42-28 record at home (.600) and attracted 255,851 fans in 61 dates for an average crowd of 4,194, also good for third in the Eastern League.

Bowie will open its best-of-five playoff series with the second-place Canton-Akron Indians tonight in Canton, Ohio, in the first of two games there, before the series shifts to 33rd Street Wednesday night at 7:05 for Game 3.

Games 4 and 5 would take place at Memorial Stadium Thursday and Friday, if they are necessary.

Yesterday, Baysox starter Tommy Taylor was clubbed early by the Yankees, who scored six runs in the first two innings.

Taylor, who worked four innings and allowed eight runs on five extra-base hits, including two prodigious home runs to center field in the first two innings.

"We wanted him to pitch well. It's just unfortunate that he didn't, though he did not get a breaking-ball call in the first couple of innings," said Buford. "When the opposing club can just sit on your fastball, it makes it tough and you can get home runs, like you saw today."

From there, Buford was reduced to trying to get his relievers some work before the playoffs, and the bullpen was effective, limiting Albany to one run and three hits over the last five innings.

Rameriz, who started the game at second, came in to pitch the ninth and shut out the Yankees on one hit.

Rameriz, who pitched in two games last year at Frederick, managed to do something no other pitcher could do yesterday. He kept right fielder Jalal Leach, who drove in four runs and had hits in each of his previous four at-bats off the bases. Leach, who had a two-run, second-inning homer, popped to third off Rameriz.

"John [pitching coach John O'Donoghue] asked me in the fifth how my arm was feeling, and he told me I might finish the game," said Rameriz, who has not allowed an earned run in his three appearances. "I felt comfortable out there. I just wanted to throw strikes."

NOTES: The Indians, who played a doubleheader Saturday night, were given permission by the league to cancel one game of yesterday's doubleheader. . . . LF Sam Ferretti ran his hitting streak to 16 games with a first-inning double. . . . Buford said Jim Wawruck, who missed yesterday's game with a slight hamstring pull, should be available for the playoffs. Stanton Cameron, who has missed the last 10 games with a sprained ankle, may not be available for the playoff series.

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