FREDERICK, MD., JULY 7 -- Winston-Salem provided former Oriole Oswald Peraza a rude welcome back to professional baseball, knocking the Fredrick starter out of the game after two innings en route to a 6-2 victory tonight before 5,600 at Harry Grove Stadium.
The Spirits improved their Carolina League Southern Division-leading record to 12-4. Frederick is 7-9.
Peraza, who was 5-7 for the Orioles in 1988 before tearing the rotator cuff in his pitching arm, said he was pleased with his first outing since Aug. 2, 1988, although he recognizes he has a long way to go before he can return to the majors.
"It's going to be tough to be successful," he said. "Right now I'm happy with anything I do. I never expected to be pitching again by this time."
Peraza yielded a one-out single to Paul Blair in the first inning, then walked Elvin Paulino. After the runners advanced on a wild pitch, cleanup hitter Gary Scott knocked a double to the wall in left-center field, scoring Blair and Paulino.
In the second inning, Kevin Roberson led off with a double. Peraza then struck out Fernando Ramsey, but the pitch was wild, allowing Ramsey to reach base. Peraza balked, scoring Roberson. Ramsey scored on second baseman Tony Beasley's fielding error.