It could have been a 20,000-fan weekend for the Bowie Baysox, but yesterday's showers cut the party short.
After drawing crowds of 6,083 and 8,630 for the first two games of their series with New Britain, the Baysox had an estimated 6,000 people watching them at Memorial Stadium yesterday before the game was suspended in the top of the fourth inning with Bowie leading 3-0.
Under Eastern League rules, the game will be played to completion July 1 when New Britain returns to Baltimore with the seven-inning, regularly scheduled game to follow.
"This was tough after you have a three-run lead and your players are tuned in and excited about what's going on," said manager Don Buford.
The Baysox pulled out a dramatic 6-4 victory Saturday night on T. R. Lewis' two-run double over the head of a drawn-in outfield with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
It was the team's fourth victory this season after it was behind after eight innings. The Baysox are 13-4 at home.
After a day off today, the Baysox leave tomorrow morning for a six-game trip to Albany, N.Y., and New Britain, Conn.
Buford said Jose Mercedes probably will return to the rotation in the second game at New Britain "if the blood blister on his finger has totally healed."
Stanton Cameron drove in a first-inning run yesterday with a double off the Red Sox's Tim Smith, a 20-game loser last season.
Kyle Washington doubled in Gregg Zaun with the second run in the second and Tim Holland singled home Washington after being forced to the deck when a Smith pitch sailed over his head.
* Chito Martinez, who is recovering from a strained knee, will accompany the Baysox on the trip.
"I don't want to go to Rochester [his next scheduled assignment] and just blow the knee out again," said Martinez. "I want to make sure I'm ready."
"Chito doesn't feel he can explode going after the ball in the outfield," said Buford. "When he's in real good shape, we'll put him out there."
Martinez's duty has been confined to designated hitting.