PP Game Notes: Baysox 7 - Thunder 2

<p>The Trenton Thunder lost to the Bowie Baysox by a score of 7 to 2 in front of 6,976 fans at Waterfront Park. </p><p> Bowie jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on the strength of a lead-off triple to the right field corner off the bat of Tony Mota. The next batter, Walter Young, hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Mota and Bowie never looked back.

David Crouthers (2-1) got the win for Bowie, pitching seven and a third innings and allowing only the one run on three hits. Javier Ortiz (1-3) took the loss for Trenton giving up six runs in seven innings in addition to uncorking two wild pitches.

The Thunder tied the game at one in the bottom of the fifth when Aaron Rifkin hit a solo home run to right center field off Bowie starter David Crouthers.

The Baysox added four in the sixth to take a 5-1 lead. Val Majewski hit a one out double to left that was followed by a single to left off the bat of Tony Mota. Walter Reed was hit by a pitch to load the bases with Baysox. Keith Reed followed with a single to left center that scored Majewski. The next batter, Joey Hammond grounded into a fielders choice that Thunder catcher Dioner Navarro couldn't hang onto and allowed another run to score. Eric Whiteside followed with a double to the left field corner that plated Young and Reed to put Bowie up 5-1.

Bowie added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take a 7-1 lead. In the seventh, Bowie scored on a solo home run to right by Vaj Majewski to put Bowie up 6-1. In the eighth, Keith Reed doubled to left to lead off the inning and after a line out to Aaron Rifkin at first and a walk to Eric Whiteside, an Omar Rogers ground out moved the runners to second and third. With Jose Morban at the plate, Dioner Navarro allowed a passed ball to get to the backstop and Whiteside came home for Bowie's seventh run. The Thunder came back with one in the ninth to cut the Baysox lead to 8-2. Robinson Cano led off the inning with a walk. Jackson Melian reached on an error by Bowie first baseman Walter Young. Mitch Jones, who was pinch hitting for Jake Weber, hit a single off the second base bag that scored Cano for the Thunder run.

Manager Stump Merrill is away from the Thunder this week attending his daughter's college graduation in Maine. Rick Down, the Yankees roving minor league hitting instructor, is the Thunder interim manager until Merrill returns on Monday when the Thunder play the Altoona Curve at Waterfront Park….The Thunder have now gone 64 consecutive innings without leading for an entire inning…JT Stotts is in a 6-for-42 slump, Robinson Cano is in a 2-for-18 slump, and Dioner Navarro is in a 1-for-16 slump. These three players are a combined 9 for their last 76. ..Pitching match-ups for the rest of the weekend have Ramon Ramirez (0-1) going against Scott Rice (1-2) tomorrow and Sean Henn (1-1) going against Cory Morris (1-3) in the finale on Sunday.

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