After last night’s rain out both teams, the Trenton Thunder and Bowie Baysox, were eager to get on the field after two days off. The teams split the doubleheader, with the Thunder shutting out the Baysox 3-0 in Game 1 and the Baysox retaliating to squeeze out the 4-3 victory in Game 2.
Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph joined the Baysox on a Major League Rehab Assignment. He played in both games of the doubleheader, batting second as the designated hitter. Joseph showed why he is the Baysox All-Time leader in hits as he went a combined 4-for-5 with a double, three singles, a run scored, an RBI and he was hit-by-a-pitch.
The first game featured a pitcher’s duel through four innings as both teams were held scoreless by the opposing starting pitcher. The top of the fifth inning saw the only runs of the game. With one out, Baysox starter Brandon Barker issued a one out walk to Cito Culver. Tyler Wade was then hit-by-a-pitch and Dustin Fowler reached on an infield single to load the bases. With two outs, Billy Fleming tripled to right field to clear the bases and give the Thunder a 3-0 lead and eventually the win.
Baysox starter Brandon Barker took his first loss as a Baysox. He threw 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking two in the loss. Reliever Jimmy Yacabonis recorded the final five outs, allowing two hits and striking out two batters.
Trenton starter Vicente Campos threw a complete-game shutout in the win. Over seven innings, he allowed just three hits and struck out seven Baysox batters.
Game 2, unlike Game 1, saw runs on the board immediately. Baysox starter David Richardson issued a lead-off walk to Tyler Wade. With one out, Miguel Andujar and Lane Adams hit back-to-back singles to bring home a run and give the Thunder a 1-0 lead.
After being shut out over nine innings, over the span of the doubleheader, the Baysox scored their first runs of the day in the bottom of the third frame. Joseph sparked a two-out rally for the Baysox when he reached on a single to right field off Trenton starter Jordan Montgomery. Garabez Rosa then singled to left field and Quincy Latimore followed with a home run to center field to give the Baysox a 3-1 lead.
Bowie tacked on another run pivotal run in the fourth inning. Glynn Davis hit a one out single to left field and scored on a two-out double to left field from Joseph to give the Baysox a 4-1 advantage.
In their final at bat the Thunder would mount a valiant rally. Fowler hit a lead-off infield single to third base and moved to second after a throwing error on a pick-off attempt by Baysox reliever Donnie Hart. Adams followed with a one-out single to left field to score Fowler. Adams eventually moved to second base on defensive indifference with two outs. Fleming followed with a single to left field to bring home a run to make the score 4-3. Genison Reyes then replaced Hart on the mound to record the final out of the game and to earn his first save of the season.
Richardson threw four innings and allowed one run on five hits while striking out five and walking two in the no decision. Reliever Jason Stoffel threw 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three batters in the win.
Montgomery took the loss for Trenton, throwing five innings and allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking one batter.
The Baysox are home through Sunday, June 26 for a six game homestand against the Trenton Thunder and Altoona Curve. Thursday, the Baysox will celebrate Olympic Night at 6:35 p.m. in the series finale against Trenton. RHP David Hess (3-5, 3.96) will pitch for the Baysox and he will be opposed by RHP Chance Adams (1-0, 0.00).
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