Baysox win playoff opener, 7-6


HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Curtis Goodwin and Kris Gresham saved it; then Edgar Alfonzo won it.

Given new life when Goodwin made a sensational throw to retire Matt Rundels at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, Bowie struck for a run in the top of the 10th on Alfonzo's double and edged Harrisburg in a 7-6 thriller that opened their best-of-five Eastern League playoff series last night at RiverSide Stadium.

With one out in the 10th, Goodwin beat out an infield single and stole second, his 11th steal against the Senators this season. Then Alfonzo doubled into the left-center-field gap.

The Baysox had a chance for more when Rob Lukachyk reached on an infield single and sent Alfonzo to third, but Lukachyk was thrown out trying to steal second and Jack Voigt struck out.

Rundels had walked and reached second on Armando Benitez's balk with one down in the bottom of the ninth.

Phil Dauphin then lined a shot to left-center that Goodwin had no chance to catch. Rundels held up between second and third momentarily, making sure Goodwin couldn't make the play, then sped for the plate.

Goodwin fired a strike on the fly to Gresham, who blocked the plate, held the ball and tagged out a stunned Rundels.

Benitez struck out Tyrone Horne to end the rally and force extra innings.

Joe Borowski allowed a leadoff triple to Mark Grudzielanek in the Senators' 10th but escaped the jam by striking out Randy Wilstead and inducing Yamil Benitez to bounce into a double play after a walk to Tyrone Woods.

The teams played to a 9-9 standoff in the season series, and the first seven innings reflected that.

Bowie jumped to a 2-0 first-inning lead on a two-run double by Alex Ochoa that Tyrone Horne misjudged in left field.

That gave the Baysox a 59-17 edge in scoring against Harrisburg during the first two innings.

The way Jimmy Haynes was going, it appeared the slim edge might be enough. He struck out seven straight and went into the fourth in command.

But the Senators got to him on three singles, one of which Ochoa overran for an error that allowed a run to score.

Scott McClain's bases-empty homer regained the lead for Haynes, 3-2, in the fifth, but Mike Hardge answered with a homer leading off the bottom half to re-tie the score.

In the bottom of the sixth, Haynes made a mistake on an 0-2 pitch to Yamil Benitez, a strikeout victim twice previously. Benitez hammered a hanging curve over the left-center-field fence to put Harrisburg ahead for the first time, 5-3.

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