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Bullpen Shortcomings Plague Thunder Again; Judge to Scranton

BOWIE, MD – The Trenton Thunder fell to the Bowie Baysox for the third straight game to begin their four-game series, falling to 37-32 on the season.

And, according to YES’ Jack Curry, outfielder Aaron Judge, who is hitting .284 (71-for-250) with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs. is about to be promoted to Triple-A Scranton, which, with promotions and injuries, has been left with just two outfielders.

After falling behind in the 4th inning when the Baysox scored a run on an RBI groundout by Glynn Davis, the Thunder rallied for three runs the very next inning off Bowie starter, Terry Doyle. The Thunder loaded the bases with no outs in the inning due to a hit-by-pitch, a single and an errant throw by Doyle to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Francisco Arcia. Trenton went on to score three runs in the inning with RBI delivered by Taylor Dugas and Jake Cave. Due to the error in the inning, only one of the three runs in the frame were earned on Doyle- who went seven innings and faced the minimum three batters in five of those.

Thunder starting pitcher Caleb Smith allowed one run through five innings before surrendering a leadoff homer to Trey Mancini in the bottom of the 6th to cut Bowie’s deficit in half at 3-2. After consecutive outs, Rossmel Perez and Drew Dosch collected doubles to plate a run and tie the game. After Dosch’s game-tying double, Smith was pulled from the game in favor of Caleb Cotham who stranded the go-ahead run in scoring position.

Bowie’s bats exploded in the 8th inning off Mark Montgomery who allowed three runs on three hits and a walk as the Baysox broke open a 3-3 tie into a comfortable 6-3 lead.

The loss is the ninth straight loss at Prince George’s Stadium dating to the start of the 2014 season, and Trenton is just 2-16 overall against the Baysox since the beginning of last year. With the loss, the Thunder have dropped seven of the last nine games as they continue to hold a lead in the East Division Wild Card race.

The four-game series concludes Monday with a 6:35 p.m. scheduled first pitch between the two clubs. Trenton throws RHP Kyle Haynes (1-3, 1.87) against RHP Elih Villanueva (4-5, 2.96) which features pre-game coverage beginning at 6:20 p.m. on 91.3 FM WTSR and online at www.trentonthunder.com.

This post is a press release courtesy of the Trenton Thunder Media Relations Department.

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