Baysox miss in clutch vs. Phillies, 4-2 Minor leagues

THE BALTIMORE SUN

BOWIE -- Frustration was the order of the game for the Bowie Baysox yesterday.

They left the bases loaded three times, the last in the ninth inning, and left 11 stranded overall to fall to the Reading Phillies, 4-2, in Eastern League play at Prince George's Stadium.

A boisterous crowd of 5,783 -- mostly children from day camps -- had thinned considerably after a 43-minute rain delay interceded with the bases full and one out in the bottom of the ninth.

When play resumed, left-hander Robert Dodd entered to face Chris Kirgan, who popped out. Then, Keith Troutman finished off Bowie (39-37) by retiring Bryan Bogle on another popout.

It was a hard-luck defeat for Chris Fussell (1-7), who gave up two runs and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings but was undermined by one bad inning when he allowed three singles and Bogle (just back from a hamstring injury) committed two outfield errors.

NOTES: Pitcher Francisco Saneaux and outfielder Jason LeCronier have returned to Frederick. Saneaux was erratic at Bowie (13 2/3 innings, 32 walks, seven wild pitches and five hit batters). Opponents were batting .190 against him, but he had an 8.56 ERA.

Warthogs 9, Keys 7: Four Frederick errors led to four unearned runs as visiting Winston-Salem came back to win a Class-A Carolina League game.

Shorebirds: Delmarva's scheduled South Atlantic League game last night against the Cape Fear Crocs was postponed because of rain.

Pub Date: 6/27/97

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