Three runs in the top of the 8th inning turned a Thunder lead into a 3-1 Thunder loss Wednesday afternoon at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Before 5,029 raucous Education Day spectators, the Trenton Thunder struck for a run in the 4th inning off Bowie Baysox pitching, but put the burden on the pitching staff to make the 1-0 lead stand up. However, in the 8th inning, newly-inserted Conor Mullee allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a catcher’s interference to turn a one-run lead into a two-run deficit.
Starting pitcher Eric Ruth did just that in his seven innings of work, allowing a hit and a walk and no runs, while facing just one batter over the minimum. Only one of the nine batters in Bowie’s lineup reached base against him (Mike Yastrzemski: 1B, BB) and he needed just 74 pitches to send the game into the 8th inning. Though Bowie eliminated Ruth from factoring in the decision, his record remains at 1-0, but ERA drops to 2.01 on the season. Ruth has now tossed 18.2 consecutive scoreless innings over his last three starts.
The Thunder outhit the Baysox 8-5 in the game, marking the second time in as many days that the Thunder have outhit the Baysox but still lost. Six of Trenton’s eight hits came from a pair of players. Taylor Dugas and Jake Cave both put together three-hit nights, including a pair of hits in the 9th inning to bring the tying run to the plate. Ali Castillo popped out and Aaron Judge grounded out to end the ballgame without any runs crossing the plate.
Trenton and Bowie return to action Thursday night with a 7:00 p.m. scheduled first pitch. The Thunder have not yet announced their starter, while Bowie is sending RHP Dylan Bundy (0-3, 4.50) to the mound for his eighth start of the season. Pre-game coverage begins on 91.3 FM-WTSR, 1490 AM-WBCB and online at www.trentonthunder.com starting at 6:40 p.m.