It was only his third start of the season, but the Bowie Baysox's Tommy Taylor made the most of it.
With only two other starts mixed among his 38 appearances, Taylor pitched a four-hitter for seven innings in the Baysox's 4-3 victory over the New Britain Red Sox last night before 2,468 at Memorial Stadium.
The 23-year-old right-hander gave up all three New Britain runs in improving his record to 4-6. Taylor was pressed into duty as a starter because the Baysox recently lost three pitchers via trade or promotion.
"The only time he got in trouble was when he got two pitches up," Bowie manager Don Buford said. "One went for a home run. Otherwise, he kept the ball down, like we preach."
Bowie right fielder and leadoff hitter Jim Wawruck had a big night, going 3-for-4, including a double and an RBI triple, and scored twice.
Sweeping the three-game series with the Red Sox gave Bowie its fourth win in a row.
The team starts a seven-game road trip tonight. The third-place Baysox maintained their one-game edge over the fourth-place Albany-Colonie Yankees in the Eastern League. Albany beat the Reading Phillies, 7-2.
The Baysox jumped to a 4-0 lead after three innings. Wawruck scored the opening run after doubling in the first inning and, in the third, tripled home the second run and then scored the third.
New Britain inched within 4-3 after six innings, thanks largely to Alex Delgado's two-run homer, his first of the season.
The Harrisburg Senators and the Canton-Akron Indians have two of the four Eastern League playoff spots wrapped up, leaving Albany, Bowie and the Binghamton Mets to fight for the remaining two.
Bowie will play Albany seven more times, and Binghamton is matched eight times against Harrisburg. If Harrisburg, with the regular-season title clinched, doesn't suddenly go flat, the schedule clearly favors the Baysox.
"If we win four from Albany and two out of three from New Britain, that should put us in the playoff picture," said Buford.
The only negative for Bowie is that seven of its final 10 games are on the road. However, the Baysox went 5-3 on their most recent road trip to Albany and New Britain.
NOTES: Jason Satre (5-3) will start for the Baysox against Albany's Darren Hodges (10-8) tonight, followed by Terry Farrar (7-6) vs. Mark Carper (6-9) tomorrow night, Jim Dedrick (8-3) vs. Keith Garagozzo (4-5) or Ryan Karp (0-0) Saturday night and Jose Mercedes (5-8) vs. Ron Frazier (3-2) Sunday. . . . Bowie OF Stanton Cameron has 50 home runs in just under two seasons in the Orioles organization. His eight home runs in August match his 1992 total for the same month. . . . More than 70 people have signed up for One Last At-Bat at Memorial Stadium before the Baysox's game Sept. 4. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day, fans who contribute $100 to the Epilepsy Association of the Eastern Shore will bat against former major-league pitchers. There is room for 53 more participants. Call (800) 776-5694 for information. . . . The Baysox have canceled Family Day because of scheduling problems.