BOWIE -- A committee of one turned out to be all the pitching the Bowie Baysox needed last night.
Just when manager Joe Ferguson expected to have to dip deeply into the staff, Kevin Gallaher stepped forward with a marvelous performance that kept the Baysox alive in the Eastern League playoffs.
Gallaher, released by the Detroit system in June, shut out Harrisburg on three hits for eight innings and struck out 12 batters as Bowie tied the best-of-five division-title series at two games each with a 3-0 win at Prince George's Stadium.
It was easily the most dramatic game of the series, with Bowie and Gallaher nursing a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the eighth, when Johnny Isom hit a two-run homer off reliever Tim Young.
Gallaher has been primarily a reliever for Bowie, which visits Harrisburg at 2: 05 p.m. today for the deciding game.
"That's about as good a performance as you're ever going to see from a guy that's a closer," Ferguson said. "He had some control problems early, but after that, they weren't going to hit him, I don't care how long we stayed out there."
Ferguson pulled Gallaher after 120 pitches when his pitcher started to labor somewhat in the eighth inning.
NOTE: Outfielder Dave Dellucci and right-hander Steve Montgomery were named to the Eastern League All-Star team. Dellucci hit a Baysox-record .327, second in the league. Montgomery became the Baysox ace with a 10-5 record and 3.10 ERA.
Alley Cats 9, Shorebirds 7: Charleston (W.Va.) forced a decisive third game in the Single-A South Atlantic League semifinals by scoring two runs in the 10th inning off Gabe Molina on a homer by Stephen Larkin, brother of Reds shortstop Barry Larkin.
Darrell Dent went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Delmarva.
Pub Date: 9/06/97