Senators rip Baysox, 9-3, force 5th game

September 10, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

BOWIE -- In a series that has meant nothing but misery for the home team, the Harrisburg Senators came back from the brink of elimination last night.

Down 3-0 after two innings, the defending Eastern League champions awoke with a vengeance and slugged Bowie into submission, 9-3, before 6,388 at Prince George's County Stadium, forcing a decisive fifth game in the Southern Division playoffs.

The Senators and Baysox will meet tonight at RiverSide Stadium Harrisburg to determine an opponent for Northern Division titlist Binghamton in the league championship series.

Form augurs well for visiting Bowie, since the home team has not won a game in the series. But Harrisburg is on the verge of repeating its feat of last September, when it lost two straight at home, only to rally to win the title against Canton-Akron.

Tyrone Horne was the Baysox's chief nemesis with a two-run, fifth-inning double that knocked out Vaughn Eshelman and a two-run homer that greeted ace reliever Armando Benitez in the seventh.

"We were down but not out. We had faith in ourselves," said Horne. "Never count somebody out."

Harrisburg trailed into the top of the fifth after Jack Voigt's first hit of the series, a bases-empty homer, launched a three-run Bowie rally against Darrin Paxton and Eddie Dixon.

Paxton was forced to leave the game with one out in the second when he slipped trying to field a slow roller by Hector Vargas up the first-base line and sprained an ankle.

"I thought we got a big break there when the starter had to leave," said Bowie manager Pete Mackanin. "But the next guy pitched better than he did."

Dixon relieved and allowed a two-out infield single by Doug Lindsey before Jose Millares drove a liner to left field that Horne tried to stab with a dive. He missed and the ball rolled to the wall, permitting Vargas and Lindsey to score.

But Horne more than compensated for the miss, doubling to knock out Eshelman after a double by pinch hitter Gary Hymel and a sacrifice fly by Matt Rundels pulled Harrisburg to within 3-2.

Kevin Ryan escaped that trouble, but allowed a run in the sixth on two singles, a sacrifice and Hymel's sacrifice fly.

Then Harrisburg added some icing in the seventh on a one-out single by Phil Dauphin and Horne's booming home run over the message board in right-center field.

The Baysox threatened once after Dixon carried his team through the fifth.

With Derek Aucoin on the mound, two walks set up a key situation for Alex Ochoa, who sent a line drive to right field. Dauphin made a nice catch, then doubled off Voigt easily.



BOWIE BAYSOX vs. HARRISBURG SENATORS Eastern League semifinal series (Best of five; series tied, 2-2) Game 1: Baysox, 7-6 (10 innings)

Game 2: Baysox, 3-0

Game 3: Senators, 2-1

Game 4: Senators, 9-3

Tonight at Harrisburg: Baysox's Garrett Stephenson (3-2, 5.15) vs. Senators' J. J. Thobe (7-8, 4.33), 7:05

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM), WMJS (92.7 FM)

Note: Winner advances to Eastern League championship series against Binghamton.

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