Baysox gain doubleheader split Estes boosts Keys; Frederick wins, 6-5; Shorebirds fall, 3-2

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Brian Falkenborg gave up three runs on three hits and three RTC walks in 1 2/3 innings yesterday, as the Bowie Baysox dropped the first game of a Double-A Eastern League doubleheader, 5-3, to the host Norwich Navigators.

The Baysox rebounded in the nightcap with a 5-1 victory.

In the opener, the Baysox led 2-0 after their first at-bat, but the Navigators responded with four runs in the second inning, chasing Falkenborg.

Bowie got within 4-3 with a run in the fourth inning but Norwich added an insurance run in the seventh.

Howard Clark had two hits for the Baysox.

Keys 6, Bulls 5: Eric Estes pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out nine to earn his eighth win before 9,789 at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick.

Francisco Hernandez survived a rocky ninth inning to record his 19th save in the first game of second-half play in the Single-A Carolina League.

The Keys broke from a 3-3 tie with three runs in third and held on as Durham added runs in the sixth and ninth innings.

LeRoy McKinnis and Ryan Hendricks each had two doubles for Frederick.

Boll Weevils 3, Shorebirds 2: Piedmont built a three-run lead in the fifth inning and held on as host Delmarva stranded eight runners and hit into two inning-ending double plays in the first game of the Single-A South Atlantic League's second half.

Delmarva drew within 3-1 in the fifth on Carlos Casimiro's homer and to 3-2 in the sixth on an RBI double by Ryan Minor (2-for-4).

Piedmont had taken a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning on an RBI single by David Francia.

Piedmont starter Caleb Martinez allowed two runs on seven hits, striking out four in 5 1/3 innings for the victory. Kyle Kawabata struck out two of the four batters he faced in the final 1 2/3 innings to earn his eighth save.

The Boll Weevils improved to 5-0 this season against the Shorebirds.

Pub Date: 6/20/97

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