(PR) (Bowie, MD) – Addison Maruszak had three hits and tied a career high with four runs batted in to lead the Trenton Thunder (53-48) to a 6-4 win over the Bowie Baysox (55-44) on Saturday night at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, Maryland. The Thunder, who had lost 11 straight road games, came from behind to avoid being swept in the four-game set. In six and a third strong frames, Shaeffer Hall improved his team lead in wins to nine games.
Bowie grabbed the early lead as Joe Mahoney put his team in the lead 3-0 with a three-run double in the bottom of the first inning. Then, Addison Maruszak decided to replicate that very feat with one of his own in the top of the second. With the bases loaded and two outs, the Thunder third baseman lined a double by the dive of LJ Hoes in left field to clear the bases and tie the score 3-3.
Zoilo Almonte did not wait long to give the Thunder the lead in the top of the third inning. On the first pitch the switch hitter saw from Baysox starter Oliver Drake, Almonte deposited it over the right-centerfield fence. Almonte’s second career Double A homerun gave Trenton a 4-3 lead.
The Baysox tied the score at 4-4 in the fifth, but Maruszak singled home Damon Sublett on a bloop single to right field to give Trenton a lead they would never surrender. The Thunder added an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Maruszak scored on a wild pitch to give Trenton a comfortable two-run advantage.
Ryan Pope worked a clean bottom of the ninth inning to nab his first save for the Thunder in 2011. Pope, who led the Thunder in saves in 2010 with 17, has not allowed a run in now seven appearances with Trenton this season.
With the four-game set in Bowie behind them, the Thunder will now take on the Akron Aeros (Cleveland Indians) for the first of a three-game set on Monday night at 7:05 PM. Trenton will give the ball to RHP Cory Arbiso (4-4, 5.15), while the Aeros will counter with LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 1.86). The SBLI Pre Game Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 6:50 PM from northeastern Ohio. Tune into the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM, WBCB 1490-AM and on trentonthunder.com.