Thunder Fall in Slugfest with Baysox
Trevor Stephan struggled out of the gate for the Thunder on Saturday night in Bowie, surrendering six runs over his first two innings in a 9-4 loss to the Bowie Baysox at Prince George's Stadium.
The loss handed Bowie its seventh straight win and the series victory, but with a Reading Fightin Phils loss to Harrisburg and a Hartford Yard Goats rainout in Erie, the Thunder (36-27) maintained co-possession of first place in the Eastern Division with Reading.
The Baysox (29-37) strung together four straight hits to open the bottom of the first inning against Stephan (1-4), including back-to-back RBI-singles by Yusniel Diaz and Ademar Rifaela. Jesmuel Valentin added another run-scoring single later in the inning for a 3-0 Bowie lead, but Thunder right fielder Ben Ruta fired home on the play to snuff out Rifaela attempting to score from second on the play.
Stephan surrendered three more runs on three hits in the second to put the Baysox in front 6-0, but the right-hander recovered to hold the Baysox scoreless over his final two innings in the third and fourth and retired seven of the final eight batters he faced. Stephan's six runs allowed matched a season-high.
After left-handed starter Alex Wells (4-1) held the Thunder scoreless through three innings, Zack Zehner clobbered a two-run homer to left field to put the Thunder on the board, 6-2. Mandy Alvarez added an RBI-single later in the inning to trim the deficit to three runs.
Zehner led the Thunder with three hits in the game, matching a season-high.
Ryan McKenna slugged a three-run homer off Thunder reliever Andrew Bellatti in the sixth to re-extend Bowie's lead to 9-3. Kyle Holder later added the final Thunder run in the eighth with a solo homer off the right field foul pole against Baysox right-hander and former Thunder hurler Dillon Tate.
The Thunder left nine runners stranded in the game, including six over the first four innings.
Your Thunder conclude their road trip on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. against the Baysox. RHP Adonis Rosa (3-1, 3.71) will start for the Thunder, and RHP Dean Kremer (1-3, 4.76) will go for Bowie. Pregame coverage begins at 1:20 p.m. on 920 AM The Jersey or online at TrentonThunder.com/Broadcast.
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