Erie right-hander Paul Morse's knuckleball baffled a bevy of Bowie batters last night. However, Tom Hage figured it out long enough to line an RBI single in the eighth inning that gave the Baysox a 4-3 victory over the SeaWolves in a Class AA Eastern League game before 3,849 at Prince George's Stadium.
Bowie (47-37), which pulled within 1 1/2 games of first-place Erie (49-36) with the victory, managed only five hits off Morse (3-1), but Hage went 2 for 4 with two RBI.
Hage homered off one of Morse's infrequent fastballs to give Bowie a 3-1 lead in the third. The Bowie designated hitter then hit a deep fly to right in the sixth before his two-out single in the eighth scored Richie Paz, who had tripled.
"I was just trying to keep my hands inside and put it in play and things worked out," Hage said. "His ball had a lot of movement."
Hage has been one of the club's best clutch hitters this season. He leads the team with 22 tying or go-ahead RBI. In addition, Hage has 41 RBI in his last 52 games.
Bowie starter Josh Towers, who was named the Eastern League's player of the week, scattered three runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings but Mike McDougal (3-5) got the victory with 1 1/3 innings of one-hit relief. Ryan Kohlmeier pitched the ninth for his 17th save.