Juan Tolentino had four hits and Steve Green threw a five-hitter for the Erie SeaWolves, who eliminated the Bowie Baysox from playoff contention with a 10-1 victory in a Class AA Eastern League game last night before 8,287 at Prince George's Stadium.
The loss eliminated Bowie (69-67) from the race for the second and final playoff spot in the Southern Division. Defending Eastern League champion Harrisburg has completed a spectacular run from last place in June to lock up at least second place.
Tolentino had batted just .177 against Bowie entering this game, but he finished 4 for 5 with two runs batted in and two runs scored. He had three singles and a triple and reached base one more time on an error.
Shawn Wooten added three RBI, including a two-run single, and Chris Walther had a two-run homer after twice grounding into double plays. Erie finished with 15 hits, getting at least one hit in every inning but the ninth.
Augie Ojeda drove in the lone Bowie run, lining a homer just inside the right field foul pole with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to ruin Green's shutout.
Bowie starter Josh McNatt (0-1) walked four and was pitching from behind in the count throughout his three-plus innings. The Baysox turned three double plays in the first three innings, but Bryan Graves and Chuck Abbott smacked consecutive RBI doubles in the fifth and Tolentino added an RBI single for a 5-0 lead.