Voigt goes 5-for-5 to help Baysox gain playoff spot

August 25, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

BOWIE -- The Bowie Baysox gave away 5,000 hard hats last night at Prince George's County Stadium and didn't have half enough.

Then Jack Voigt constructed quite a game for himself at the plate.

Before a crowd of 10,170 that included Orioles manager Johnny Oates, Voigt went 5-for-5 with four RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base as Bowie drilled the Reading Phillies, 8-3, and clinched an Eastern League playoff berth.

Canton-Akron, which had an outside chance to overtake the Baysox for second place in the Southern Division, lost to the Portland Sea Dogs, 4-1, to reduce the magic number to zero.

Bowie will play the first-place Harrisburg Senators in the playoffs beginning Sept. 6.

Voigt had only the second five-hit game by a Baysox player this season and launched a front-running victory with a three-run homer off Reading starter Ryan Karp (3-10) in the first inning.

Hector Vargas was 5-for-6 against the Phillies on May 28 when Bowie collected a season-high 25 hits.

"It was the first time I've ever had five hits in a game," Voigt said. "I had a more productive game when I played at Frederick with four hits and eight RBIs, but this will be one to remember."

Scott Klingenbeck (6-5) went the first seven innings for the victory. He allowed only two earned runs, but Reading did tag him for 11 hits.

He was aided by some excellent defense. Left fielder Clayton Byrne threw out a runner at the plate to end a fourth-inning threat and Voigt started a 3-6-1 double play in the seventh to stifle another rally.

Voigt doubled to ignite a two-run Bowie uprising in the bottom of the fourth after Reading had pulled to 3-2, singled in the fifth and seventh and singled home the final run with a topper along the third-base line with the bases loaded in the eighth.

L Voigt raised his Double-A batting average from .280 to .314.

"We're in the playoffs and that's another reason I'm glad they wanted to send me here [instead of Rochester]," Voigt said. "Now, if the strike's not settled I've got at least three more days to play.

"And I've only been on one championship team and that was in Venezuela. I hope this can be the second."

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