Good response might prompt more weekday Baysox games

June 20, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Judging from the response to Monday's experiment, the Bowie Baysox might be playing a few more weekday games.

The club scheduled an unusual day-night doubleheader against Trenton with the opener a makeup of the rained-out April 9 home opener.

A crowd of 2,625 attended in steamy weather although school was still in session in two neighboring counties and the District of Columbia.

"We're trying to get exposed to new people," said Bowie general manager John Danos. "We handled this day mostly through our group sales, targeting community centers, kids' camps and the elderly."

Tickets purchased in advance cost only $1 for children and $3 for adults.

"This is 2,625 more people than we would have gotten running a regular doubleheader," said Danos. "We had a tough schedule with 33 dates before June 2 and a miserable, rainy spring, so we're trying to give the fans more opportunities to see us."

Danos is considering midweek day games after all schools in the area have closed.

Leslie makes impression

Last week, the Delmarva Shorebirds had five games in a two-day period in Greensboro, N.C., including the minor leagues' first tripleheader since 1989.

So, Sean Leslie, a middle reliever, had to make a spot start.

He responded with a seven-inning no-hitter in a 9-0 victory, striking out two and walking one. It was Leslie's first professional win.

Now, the Montreal Expos have assigned Leslie to Vermont in the New York-Penn League -- with the goal of making him a starter.

The Shorebirds won four of five at Greensboro to continue their rampage on the road. They started the season with a 12-game trip, winning 11. They ended the first half with a nine-game trip, winning eight.

Around the horn

In his first two games back at Rochester, Mark Smith went 8-for-9. Then, with Orioles GM Pat Gillick in attendance, he hit a grand slam off Columbus' Scott Kamieniecki . . . . The Red Wings' weather toll has risen to eight home rainouts and 14 doubleheaders. . . . Brent Bowers had two hits and an RBI in his Rochester debut. . . . Ex-Oriole Todd Frohwirth held opponents to a .176 batting average in his first three outings. . . . The Red Wings won't play at Frontier Field this summer, but the new stadium will open July 11 with a Beach Boys concert, then be host to professional soccer. . . . Bowie drew 13,924, its biggest crowd of the year, Saturday night with fireworks as the added attraction. The Baysox will reach 1 million fans at Prince George's Stadium (which opened in June 1994) next month. . . . Since Marcus Hostetler returned to his submarine delivery, he has held right-handed batters to a .143 average.

Pub Date: 6/20/96

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