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Baysox commit 5 errors, 3 balks in 5-1 setback Minor leagues


BOWIE -- In Bowie Baysox files, this one goes under the heading "Forgettable."

They committed five errors and three balks, mustered four hits off four Trenton Thunder pitchers and lost, 5-1, in a Double-A Eastern League game before an announced crowd of 3,943 last night at Prince George's Stadium.

Less than half that many fans were in the stands on a bone-chilling night punctuated by gusty winds blowing toward right field that forced cancellation of scheduled post-game fireworks.

Trenton (9-5) didn't need any help from the weather, using run-scoring hits by Andy Abad and Lou Merloni (a double) and a bases-empty homer by Randy Brown to control the game.

Converted outfielder Ron Mahay (2-1) went five-plus innings for the victory, but was charged with the only Baysox score when Johnny Isom delivered a run-producing grounder in the sixth.

Rocco Cafaro (1-1), guilty of the three balks, surrendered all but one of the runs to the Thunder, the league's top scoring team.

Bowie (8-4) retained first place in the Southern Division by percentage points over the Thunder and Harrisburg, which had its game postponed yesterday.

Keys 11, Cannons 3: Frederick sealed a Single-A Carolina League road win over Prince William with seven runs in the ninth.

Carlos Akins drove in two runs for the Keys, who beat Braden Looper, the St. Louis Cardinals' 1996 first-round pick and a former Team USA pitcher.

Crawdads 9, Shorebirds 5: Hickory scored four runs in the top of the ninth to beat Delmarva (8-8) in a Single-A South Atlantic League game in Salisbury. Hickory (8-7) scored three earned runs off Gabe Molina in the inning.

Pub Date: 4/19/97

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