BOWIE -- The Bowie Baysox franchise has never reached the Eastern League championship series, and now it faces a mountain to make it this season.
Bowie's susceptibility to left-handed pitching surfaced again last night as Trey Moore went 7 2/3 innings to lead Harrisburg to a 5-3 victory in the third game of the Southern Division playoffs.
The Senators lead the best-of-five series, two games to one, and tonight will face a makeshift Baysox pitching arrangement in Game 4 at Prince George's Stadium.
Bowie lost in the division series in 1993 and 1994 and in 1991 when the franchise was still in Hagerstown.
Hiram Bocachica hit Chris Curtis' first pitch of the game off the left-field scoreboard, the Senators added another first-inning run, and they took a 3-0 lead on Chris Stowers' RBI double in the third.
Moore, who allowed just six hits, shut out the Baysox until Melvin Rosario homered with one out in the sixth. The Senators' lefty had escaped a big jam in the previous inning when Johnny Isom lined out to right field with the bases loaded.
Then, Harrisburg closer Ben Fleetham cemented the game in the ninth by striking out Rosario after Jim Foster had sliced Bowie's gap to two runs with an infield single.
Bowie left 11 men on base, including four in scoring position.
The defending league champions will send J. D. Smart (6-3) to the mound tonight in an effort to clinch the series. The winner will meet the Northern Division winner in the final round starting Sunday.
NOTES: Ferguson said right-hander Joel Bennett, a Harrisburg killer, will not start Game 4 tonight because of tenderness in his arm. "We'll probably pitch by committee," Ferguson said. Bennett is 1-0 with an 0.96 ERA against Harrisburg in four appearances.
Shorebirds 7, Alley Cats 6: Richard Paz broke a 3-3 score in the sixth inning with an RBI triple as visiting Delmarva edged Charleston to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three, second round of the Single-A South Atlantic League playoffs.
Delmarva scored six runs in the sixth, on five straight hits, including three straight doubles by Tim DeCinces, Carlos Casimiro and Charles Alley.
runs on a wild pitch and an error.
Pub Date: 9/05/97