PP Game Notes: Trenton 9 - Bowie 5

The Trenton Thunder defeated the Bowie Baysox by a score of 9-5 in front of 6,899 fans at Waterfront Park on a beautiful Saturday for baseball in Trenton. Trenton's losing streak was halted at eight consecutive games with the win. According to Aaron Rifkin, "It's nice to celebrate a win. It's been a while. We kinda forgot what that feels like."

Steve Braun, the Thunder hitting coach, said, "Winning breeds winning." The Thunder will try to win the series tomorrow afternoon at Waterfront Park in the rubber game of the three game series.

Rik Currier (2-2) got the win in relief for Trenton and Tom Jacquez (2-2) took the loss for Bowie.

Bowie jumped to a 1-0 lead off Ramirez in the first when Val Majewski took a 3-1 pitch out to left. The Thunder came back in the bottom of the second with back to back leadoff doubles by Jackson Melian and Aaron Rifkin to tie the game at 1-1.

The Baysox added another run in the top of the third to take a 2-1 lead. Gary Cates hit a one out double to left and scored two batters later when Val Majewski singled to right. Bowie first baseman Walter Young grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to end the inning.

The Thunder took a lead for their first time in 68 innings in the fourth. Jackson Melian received a one out walk and advanced to second on a balk by Baysox starter Scott Rice. Aaron Rifkin walked before Mitch Jones grounded into a fielders choice that was thrown wildly to first by second baseman Gary Cates, allowing Melian to score. The next batter, JT Stotts, doubled to the left field corner and Jones scored putting the Thunder up 3-2.

Bowie came right back in the top of the fifth with two of their own to take a 4-3 lead. Joey Hammond led off the inning with a walk. After retiring the next two batters, Walter Young doubled to right center allowing Hammond to score and the game was tied at 3. Keith Reed followed with a single to center that scored Young and gave Bowie the 4-3 lead.

Rik Currier came on behind Ramon Ramirez in the sixth and the second batter he faced, Lance Burkhart, took him deep on a no doubt about it shot over the left field wall to extend Bowie's lead to 5-3. Trenton came back to cut the Baysox lead to 5-4 in the bottom half of the sixth on Robinson Cano's leadoff homerun to right.

The Thunder didn't stop there. In the seventh, they sent eight men to the plate and scored four runs to take an 8-5 lead. After Sandy Madera led off the inning with a fly out to left center, Ferdin Tejeda singled to right to start the rally. Tom Jacquez was brought in behind Andy Mitchell out of the Bowie bullpen to face Kevin Reese who doubled to right. Dioner Navarro was intentionally walked before Robinson Cano grounded into a fielders choice that scored Tejeda. Jackson Melian, the next batter, reached on an error by Bowie third baseman Omar Rogers that allowed Reese to score. Aaron Rifkin singled to center scoring Cano and then Keith Reed booted the ball and that allowed another Thunder run to score, giving them a 8-5 lead.

Trenton added one more run in the bottom of the eighth when Sandy Madera homered to left, giving the Thunder their eventual 9-5 margin of victory.

John Blankenship was transferred to Tampa after the Thunder's 7-2 loss to Bowie on Friday night. Blankenship was 1-1 with a 9.42 ERA in 12 games this season for Trenton. He had allowed 15 earned runs in his 14 innings pitched. Hansel Izquierdo has been transferred to the Thunder from Triple-A Columbus. In Columbus, Izquierdo was 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA. In 19 1/3 innings pitched, he has allowed only five earned runs He is wearing uniform number 62 for the Thunder.…Pitching match-ups for the Altoona Series that starts on Monday have Chien-ming Wang (1-3) going against Ian Snell (3-3) in the opener, Matt Smith (3-3) facing off with Landon Jacobsen (1-2) on Tuesday, Javier Ortiz (1-3) against Bobby Bradley(2-1) on Wednesday, and Ramon Ramirez (0-1) against Mike Connolly (2-2) on Thursday, in the final game of the home stand.

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