BOWIE, MD – At Prince Georges Stadium, a house of horrors in recent seasons for the Trenton Thunder, the Bowie Baysox rallied for a 4-3 walk-off win Tuesday night.
Before 2,255 fans the Thunder fell behind early and claimed a 3-2l ead in the 7th inning but were unable to hang on for the victory. In the 9th inning, Mark Montgomery entered looking for his 14 save of the season, but the first pitch of the inning went for a home run to Bowie’s David Freitas. After a groundout, the next three batters reached to load the bases with one out. With the infield and outfield drawn-in to potentially eliminate the winning run at the plate, ex-Thunder infielder Corban Joseph delivered a walk-off single in a game that took just 2:02 to complete.
The loss drops Trenton to 1-8 in Bowie this season and to 1-18 in Bowie since the start of the 2014 season.
Thunder starting pitcher Jaron Long did not allow an earned run in eight innings of dominating work. The only two runs coming off of him were in the 2nd inning following an error to Tyler Wade. Wade bobbled a two-out grounder with a runner at first base and was unable to record a putout at second base. The next batter was Drew Dosch who laced a triple to right-centerfield past the dive of Tyler Austin to bring home both runners and give the Baysox an early 2-0 lead.
Five separate batters for the Thunder had hits in the ballgame, and after Tony Renda brought home Cito Culver with an RBI ground out in the 6th inning to trim the deficit in half, the Thunder bats got one big swing an inning later. With Tyler Wade at first base and two outs in the inning, Danny Oh chopped a ball high over the head pf the first baseman Trey Mancini and into the rightfield corner. It went for an RBI triple, but when right fielder Brandon Snyder had trouble digging it out of the corner, Oh was waved home and scored ahead of the tag for a 3-2 Thunder lead.
The Binghamton Mets were postponed at NYSEG Stadium Tuesday night, so with the loss the Thunder fall to 4.0 games out of a playoff spot in the East Division. Meanwhile, Reading won again to extend their lead for first place in the division over the Thunder to 8.0 games.
The Thunder and Baysox return to action Wednesday night at Prince George’s Stadium for a scheduled 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Pre-game coverage begins on 91.3 FM WTSR and online at www.trentonthunder.com beginning at 6:50 p.m.