Baysox stay out front in race for playoff spot on Dellucci hit Single in 11th accounts for 4-3 win over Reading; Minor leagues

THE BALTIMORE SUN

BOWIE -- Dave Dellucci's two-out, two-strike, run-scoring single in the 11th inning completed a Bowie comeback that produced an important 4-3 Eastern League victory over Reading last night.

In their final home game, the Baysox (72-63) thus regained a 1 1/2 -game lead over Reading in the three-team battle for the second Southern Division playoff spot. Trenton, the third team involved, is two games behind the Baysox after losing again last night.

Harrisburg has already clinched the regular-season title in the division.

The Phillies (71-65) pounded Joel Bennett for three first-inning runs on home runs by leadoff man Darren Burton (fourth pitch of the game) and Dan Held (his 25th, with a man on).

Bowie, which had lost five of its previous six games, fought back inch by inch in an intense contest that included the ejections of Baysox manager Joe Ferguson and second baseman Jesse Garcia for arguing a third strike call on Chris Kirgan.

Jim Foster doubled home Johnny Isom to make it 3-1 in the fourth. Then, after the Baysox went to 0-for-23 with runners in scoring position in the series, Isom knocked in Howie Clark with his third hit. Dellucci also scored when Burton misplayed the ball for an error.

That tied the game at 3-3 after seven and Bennett and Jason Bullard kept the Phillies at bay with the help of excellent defensive plays by Dellucci (diving catch to save a run) and Clark at third.

The Baysox also stole a sign and foiled a Reading squeeze attempt in the top of the 11th.

Chip Lawrence, in the game because of Garcia's ouster, singled off losing pitcher Jason Boyd (10-6) with one out in the 11th. After David Lamb struck out, Clark singled and Keith Troutman replaced Boyd.

The count went to 1-2 on former Oriole Dellucci, who has been bothered by a sore forearm after being hit by a pitch Friday. But he lined the next pitch into right field to win the game.

Bowie finished with 409,285 in attendance for 69 games after drawing a crowd of 9,108 for the finale. The Baysox play their final seven games at New Haven and New Britain.

Indians 3, Keys 2: Kinston scored two unearned runs in the first inning after Chris Bryant's error and held on as Frederick scored two late runs in a Single-A Carolina League game.

Wady Almonte went 2-for-4 with a double for the Keys, who fell to 23-43.

Bryant and Eric Chavez each knocked in runs for the Keys, and Rick Short added a double.

Kinston committed three errors, but improved to 40-26.

Pub Date: 8/27/97

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