(PR) (Bowie, MD) – For the second straight day Trenton rallied from behind with two out in the ninth, this time getting a grand slam home run from Ramon Flores to defeat the Bowie Baysox, 8-5, in a thrilling game Sunday at Prince George’s Stadium. Flores’ first home run of the season was the Thunder’s second slam of the game, coming only three innings after JR Murphy’s bases-loaded blast in the sixth.
Trenton had not hit a grand slam since June 4, 2012 – then collected two in the span of four innings on Sunday. The Thunder had not won a game in which they trailed after eight innings all season until Saturday night – then went on to produce a late-game victory for the second game in a row.
After Bowie rallied from a 4-0 deficit to take the lead with five unanswered runs, the Thunder faced Baysox closer Zech Zinicola (0-2) in the ninth. Zinicola walked three batters (one intentionally) to load the bases, but got an out at the plate on Ali Castillo’s fielder’s choice ground ball for the second out of the inning.
That brought up Flores, who had not homered in 192 at-bats during the season. He drilled a 1-1 pitch over the right field fence that scored Neil Medchill, Kevin Mahoney and Castillo in front of him. Jeremy Bleich pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to record his first career save.
Murphy’s grand slam, his fifth homer of the season, came against Bowie starter Mike Wright and was one of only three hits the righty allowed in six innings of work. It followed two errors and a walk to Tyler Austin.
Trenton starter Matt Tracy pitched brilliantly for 5.2 shutout innings, allowing only three hits and striking out eight. Reliever Danny Burawa allowed two runs in the seventh, then Branden Pinder (1-1) entered and gave up three more in the eighth.
Bowie’s Cale Iorg lined a two-out, two-run double against Pinder in the eighth inning to put the Baysox in front 5-4. It was Pinder’s first blown save in six chances this season, but it set the stage for Flores’ heroics in the ninth.
Trenton will try to win three of four in the series on Monday afternoon, as it finishes the trip with a Memorial Day matinee beginning at 2:05 pm. Right-hander Jose Ramirez (0-2, 2.10) is expected to start for the Thunder while the Baysox counter with righty Zach Clark (1-2, 9.26). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 1:50 pm.