New Britain pitcher Bennett finally solves the Baysox, 3-1

BOWIE — BOWIE -- Joel Bennett had been New Britain's most effective starter this season, except when he faced the Bowie Baysox.

But last night Bennett, who was 0-2 with an 18.47 ERA in two previous meetings, also solved the mystery of the Baysox, combining with Pete Young on a six-hitter in a 3-1 Double-A Eastern League victory before 7,053 fans at Prince George's County Stadium.


Bennett was en route to his second shutout of the season with one out in the eighth inning when Scott McClain hit his sixth home run for Bowie (53-38).

Young, who pitched for the Montreal Expos, closed out the final inning for the Red Sox, allowing only a two-out, bloop single by Cesar Devarez.


New Britain ruined the return to Bowie of highly touted starter Jimmy Haynes, whose teammates couldn't overcome his rocky third inning.

Jim Crowley, son of former Oriole Terry Crowley, hit a two-run homer off Haynes, and Paul Rappolli drove in the Red Sox's third run of the inning with a two-out single.

Except for McClain's blast, all of Bowie's hits were singles, two by Devarez.

NOTES: Pitcher Scott Klingenbeck will begin throwing again today or tomorrow after a magnetic resonance imaging test determined there was no damage to his right elbow. He is on the Baysox's disabled list after feeling something pop in the elbow during his last start. "The nerve came out and went back in. It's like when you dislocate a shoulder," said trainer Mitch Bibb. . . . Clayton Byrne was Bowie's new left fielder last night, replacing Bo Ortiz, who was sent to the California Angels' Double-A Midland team as the player to be named in the Dwight Smith trade. Ortiz hit .309 and had 54 RBIs at Bowie. Byrne, a native Australian, was promoted from Single-A Frederick (.291, 39 RBIs). "We'll gain some defensively, and Clayton has a better arm," said Bowie manager Pete Mackanin. "But we'll miss Bo's bat." . . . New Britain released Tim Holland, the Baysox's starting shortstop last season at Memorial Stadium. Holland was hitting .165 for the Red Sox, who recalled shortstop Randy Brown from the temporarily inactive list.