Thunder Split Doubleheader

(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – Waterfront Park witnessed two come-from-behind victories on Saturday evening as the Trenton Thunder (63-63) and the Bowie Baysox (69-57) split two seven-inning contests. The Thunder erased a 2-0 deficit in game one with a three-run third inning that was keyed on a Zoilo Almonte two-run double. In game two, the Baysox scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning on a Brandon Waring single to avoid being swept. The Thunder finish Saturday’s Eastern League action tied with New Britain for third place in the Eastern Division, six games back of first-place New Hampshire.Bowie took an early 2-0 lead in the third inning of game one, but the Thunder answered back in a resounding way. In the bottom of the third, Yadil Mujica led the frame off with a double just inside the left field line. Mujica was then brought in on a one-out single into centerfield by Corban Joseph to get the Thunder on the scoreboard. Later in the inning with two outs and runners at first and second base, Zoilo Almonte lined a double off of the wall in left field to score two and put Trenton ahead 3-2.

All of game one’s scoring occurred in the third inning. Making a Major League rehabilitation assignment, Jeff Marquez was solid in his six frames, allowing two runs on just three hits. The righty, a member of the Trenton Thunder class of 2007 and 2008, retired the Baysox in order in every frame other than a two-run Bowie third. Pat Venditte and Josh Schmidt combined to hurl a spotless ninth inning to lock down the game one win for the Thunder, the team’s third straight victory.

The Thunder were out fast in game two, scoring three times in the bottom of the first inning. Corban Joseph singled home Austin Krum after his leadoff triple to once again get the Thunder scoring started. After Ray Kruml singled, Rob Lyerly began a stretch of back-to-back sacrifice flies to centerfield. Zoilo Almonte provided the second one, and the Thunder led 3-0 after just one frame of game two.

But, the Baysox used a two-run fifth inning and four and two-thirds of scoreless relief pitching to take the second game from the Thunder. Trenton was able to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Jose Pirela struck out and Jose Gil grounded out to shortstop.

The Thunder and Baysox will finish their three-game series with a Sunday evening contest at Waterfront Park. Trenton’s LHP Shaeffer Hall (10-7, 4.40) will hurl the game’s first pitch at 5:05 PM and will oppose Bowie’s RHP Tim Bascom (8-3, 3.26). Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM and online at trentonthunder.com. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Jay Burnham and Hank Fuerst will begin at 4:45 PM.

The first 1,000 kids (ages 5 to 15) to tomorrow’s Healthfirst New Jersey Kids’ Club Sunday will receive TD Bank Drawstring Backpacks. It’s also Soccer Night at Waterfront Park. For ticket information, contact the Thunder Ticket Office at 609-394-3300 or log on to trentonthunder.com.

3 Responses to “Thunder Split Doubleheader”

  1. Peter Lacock Says:

    Darn, a sweep would have been nice but there’s still time.
    Pitching will (or will not) carry them.
    At least what’s left of the pitching.

  2. Jim Amato (@otamamij) Says:

    Anyone ever ask Tony why he took out Venditte after two K’s in game 1? As a switch pitcher, a matchup move doesn’t make much sense to me…

  3. thunderbaseball Says:

    I think Schmidt’s stuff in that situation was the best way to go…

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