Dellucci homers twice, Baysox even series, 7-3

September 04, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- They have been victimized often by left-handed pitching this season, but last night the Bowie Baysox gained some revenge at wind-swept RiverSide Stadium.

With Harrisburg's Neil Weber searching for the plate in vain, the Baysox took control in the fifth inning and went on to a 7-3 win to even their Eastern League playoff series at one win each.

The best-of-five Southern Division title showdown will shift to Prince George's Stadium for the next two nights.

Weber threw 111 pitches and went to 11 three-ball counts in 4 1/3 innings, and the Baysox capitalized for a three-run fifth to knock him out.

Weber beat Bowie three times during the regular season while recording a 1.03 ERA.

Dave Dellucci hit homers to right and center field against Weber and Scott Mitchell, respectively, to highlight Bowie's 10-hit attack. Dellucci had six regular-season home runs off the Senators' staff.

His first homer launched the big inning, and then -- after retiring Johnny Isom -- Weber walked three straight batters and left in favor of Mitchell.

Mitchell appeared to have thrown a third strike against Brian Bogle, but plate umpire Rob Drake ruled his breaking pitch a ball, walking home a second run.

Jesse Garcia then bunted safely to knock in another run and increase Bowie's lead to 5-1. Garcia is now 8-for-11 with the bases loaded this season.

David Lamb and Dellucci homered consecutively against Mitchell to put it away in the seventh.

"Our approach at the plate was tremendous," said Dellucci. "We hadn't been playing too well lately and the first night we were tired from getting in at 4: 30 a.m. and didn't play our game."

The beneficiary of all the offense was Hut Smith, who had lost his previous three decisions since beating Harrisburg, 5-2, in early August.

Smith allowed only three hits and a run in 6 2/3 innings before being forced to leave when he knocked down a hard shot through the middle by John Pachot with his bare hand.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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