BOWIE, MD – In a game that took just 1:53 to complete, the Thunder were swept briskly by the Bowie Baysox in their four-game series at Prince George’s Stadium.
The contest swung in the favor of the Baysox on the very first pitch thrown by Kyle Haynes, when big league rehabber Jonathan Schoop connected on a homerun for a 1-0 lead. The next inning, Bowie struck for four more runs on three hits, a hit-by-pitch and a walk to stretch the advantage to 5-0. Haynes went on to toss four scoreless innings at the end of his outing, going six full innings with five earned runs and four strikeouts.
Trenton’s offense could never get going against Bowie starting pitcher Elih Villanueva. The righty from Florida State did not allow a hit through five innings before the Thunder got to him with a double from Eddy Rodriguez in the sixth but could not score. The Thunder had four hits in the game in Villanueva’s complete-game shutout, with Rodriguez finishing 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
The nine-inning shutout was the first shutout by an opposing pitcher against the Thunder since Caleb Clay for the Harrisburg Senators in June of 2013. Villanueva needed just 90 pitches in the outing, which matched the franchise record for shortest road game in franchise history (August 24, 2001 at Norwich) and was just one minute shy of the overall franchise record for shortest game (April 23, 2005 vs. New Britain).
Dating to the start of the 2014 season, Trenton is now 0-10 in Bowie and 2-17 overall against the Baysox. The current four-game losing streak for the Thunder is their third such streak of the season making them 2-8 over their last ten games.
The Thunder board the bus and head south to Richmond where a four-game series against the Flying Squirrels commences at The Diamond, Tuesday with a 6:35 p.m. scheduled first pitch. Trenton throws RHP Eric Ruth (5-0, 1.71) against LHP Adalberto Mejia (1-0, 2.31) which features pre-game coverage beginning at 6:20 p.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR and online at www.trentonthunder.com