PP Game Notes: Bowie 5 - Trenton 4

The Bowie Baysox defeated the Trenton Thunder 5-4 in front of 7,228 fans at Waterfront Park. The Thunder have now lost nine of their last ten games en route to a 15-19 record.

Sean Spencer (1-0) got the win for the Bay Sox with an inning and two thirds of relief behind starter Cory Morris. Jacobo Sequea got his seventh save for pitching two scoreless final innings. Ben Julianel (0-2) took the loss for Trenton in relief. Sean Henn threw 115 pitches in six innings and lacked his good command, running many deep counts and not being able to put hitters away. Henn said he "felt fine, although having to pitch out of trouble every inning, it wears on you." He was completely unaware of how high his pitch count was.

Bowie took an early lead in the top of the third when Eli Whiteside hit a long home run to left to give the Baysox a 1-0 lead. Bowie wasn't done there, though. After Gary Cates grounded out, Jose Morban walked. After another ground out, Vaj Majewski walked to put Bowie runners at the corners after a passed ball by Dioner Navarro, his ninth of the season. With Keith Reed at the plate, Sean Henn tried to pick off Majewski at first. When he did, Morban broke for the plate and the throw from Aaron Rifkin was dropped by Navarro, allowing Bowie to take a 2-0 lead.

Bowie added more in the fourth off Henn. Tony Mota hit a one out single to left center that was followed by another single to center off the bat of Joey Hammond. After a wild pitch that Dioner Navarro could have blocked, Eli Whiteside hit a blooper to right that fell in front of Mitch Jones. Bowie could have scored more had it not been for a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Gary Cates that ended the inning, with Bowie holding a 3-0 advantage.

The Thunder cut the Bowie lead to 3-2 with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Navarro's one out single to center was followed by a two run homer to right off the bat of Robinson Cano. They would take the lead in the next inning, scoring two runs and taking a 4-3 lead. Jake Weber hit a one out single to left center that was followed by a walk to Mitch Jones. Sean Spencer came on behind Cory Morris and promptly hit the first batter he faced to load the bases. The next batter, Ferdin Tejeda, singled right back off of Spencer. The ball caromed out past the second baseman and into shallow right field allowing two runs to score.

Bowie came back with two in the eighth to take a 5-4 lead. With one out, Kevin Reed singled to left. Walter Young followed with a single to center. Ben Julianel was lifted in favor of Jeremy Ward. The first batter Ward faced, Tony Mota, singled to right, allowing Reed to score and tie the game at four. After a walk to Joey Hammond, Eli Whiteside grounded into a fielders choice that allowed Walter Young to score, and Bowie had a 5-4 lead.

Jeremy Ward has been acquired by the Yankees for a player to be named later from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for a player to be named later, Ward has been assigned to Trenton. This year Ward has split time between Tucson of the Pacific Coast League and El Paso of the Texas League. After starting the season in Tucson and going 1-0 with a 9.45 ERA in six innings of work, he was sent down to El Paso where he went 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in five and two thirds innings of work. To open a roster spot for Ward, Charlie Isaacson was sent down to Tampa. In nine games with the Thunder this year, Isaacson was 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA. Opponents were hitting .308 against Isaacson during his time in the Eastern League….Pitching match-ups for the four game series against Altoona that will conclude Trenton's 11 game home stand have Chien-ming Wang (1-3) going against Ian Snell (3-3) tomorrow night, Matt Smith (3-3) facing off with Landon Jacobsen (1-2) on Tuesday, Javier Ortiz (1-3) taking on Bobby Bradley (2-1) on Wednesday, and Ramon Ramirez (0-1) dueling with Mike Connolly (3-2) in the finale on Thursday….Sandy Madera hit his first Eastern League home run against Bowie on Saturday….After the next four games against Altoona, the Thunder head to Reading for a three game series before returning home to play the Harrisburg Senators.

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