BOWIE, MD – For just the second time in two years, the Trenton Thunder earned a victory at Prince George’s Stadium—winning 6-4 over the Bowie Baysox Wednesday night.
After dropping Game 1 of the series in walk-off fashion, the Thunder were able to fend off a late Bowie rally Wednesday night after jumping out to sizeable early lead. In the 4th inning, the offense used a leadoff single by Tony Renda to get the wheels turning. After Renda stole bases on consecutive pitches (SB No. 20 & 21) to get to third base with one out, Rob Segedin singled him home for the game’s first run. With those stolen bases, Renda joins Ali Castillo with 20+ SB this season, marking the first time since 2005 that the Thunder have had multiple players with more than 20 steals in a year.
Following Segedin’s single, Dante Bichette Jr. doubled into the left field corner to score Segedin to double the lead. The next batter was Castillo who clubbed his second homer of the season off the billboard in left field to make it a 4-0 lead for Thunder starting pitcher Eric Ruth. Ruth earned his seventh win of the season and lowered his season ERA to 3.22 with six innings of 1-run ball.
The victory improved the Thunder to 2-17 at Prince George’s Stadium since the start of 2014.
The Binghamton Mets were postponed at NYSEG Stadium Tuesday night, and split a doubleheader with the Richmond Flying Squirrels Wednesday night bringing the Thunder back to within 3.5 games out of a playoff spot in the East Division. Meanwhile, Reading won for the 15th time in 16 games to maintain their lead for first place in the division over the Thunder at 8.0 games.
The Thunder and Baysox return to action Thursday night at Prince George’s Stadium for a scheduled 7:05 p.m. first pitch for the final head-to-head matchup of the regular season. Pre-game coverage begins on 91.3 FM WTSR and online at www.trentonthunder.com beginning at 6:50 p.m.