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Ruta Blast Lifts Thunder to Victory in Bowie

June 16, 2019 - Eastern League (EL) - Trenton Thunder News Release

A clutch sixth inning, capped by a go-ahead two-run homer by Ben Ruta, brought the Thunder back from a three-run deficit en route to a 4-3 win over the Bowie Baysox on Sunday afternoon at Prince George's Stadium.

The win, along with a Reading Fightin Phils win over Harrisburg and a Hartford Yard Goats loss to Erie, kept the Thunder (37-27) in a two-way tie for first place in the Eastern Division with one game remaining in the first half.

Trailing 3-1, the Thunder got a single from Rashad Crawford to open the top of the sixth inning. Crawford advanced to second on a groundout before scoring on a base hit by Kyle Holder, trimming the deficit to one run. Ruta then launched a two-run homer to right field off Baysox (29-38) starter Dean Kremer (1-4), giving the Thunder a 4-3 lead.

Kremer had stymied the Thunder through his first five innings, allowing just two baserunners: a one-out double by Holder in the first inning and a solo home run by Mandy Alvarez in the fifth. The right-hander struck out nine and walked none through six innings of work.

For the third straight game, the Baysox had scored first in the game. Yusniel Diaz roped a two-run double to left field to open the scoring in the bottom of the third, the final inning of work for Thunder starter Adonis Rosa.

Preston Palmeiro added onto Bowie's lead with a fourth-inning RBI-single off Brady Lail (1-0), but the Thunder bullpen combined to hold the Baysox scoreless the rest of the way, with Lail, Brooks Kriske, Will Carter, Trevor Lane, and Daniel Alvarez all seeing time on the mound in relief.

Kellin Deglan doubled with two out in the sixth inning to extend his season-high on-base and hitting streaks to 10 and seven games, respectively.

Thunder pitching stranded nine Bowie baserunners, including stranding the tying run twice. The game ended a season-high seven-game winning streak for the Baysox.

Your Thunder return home to open a three-game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Tuesday at 7 p.m., looking to clinch the first half with a victory. RHP Deivi Garcia (2-2, 3.50) will start for the Thunder, and LHP Garrett Williams (1-6, 4.06) will go for Richmond. Dollar hot dogs will be available for all and kids can eat free for Super Value Tuesday. Tickets are available by phone at 609-394-3300 or online at

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