TRENTON, NJ – Dustin Fowler set a new career-high with his 10th home run of the season in the first inning and the Thunder went on to a comfortable 5-2 win over the Bowie Baysox on Monday night at ARM & HAMMER Park.
Fowler set his personal single-season home run mark with a shot to leadoff the Thunder offense in the first inning. In the fourth inning, he added to his franchise-record for triples in a season with his 13th of the season. The 21-year-old outfielder finished the game with three runs driven in to lead the Thunder’s 10-hit attack.
Trenton scored twice in the second inning against rehabbing Orioles LHP TJ McFarland when Michael O’Neill singled home a run with the bases loaded and a second crossed when Fowler reached on an error by Joey Terdoslavich.
With the 3-0 advantage, the Thunder used a quality start from Daniel Camarena to ride the victory. Camarena recorded his fourth start of at least six innings and three earned runs or less in his last five outings to earn his ninth win of the season.
The Thunder plated two more runs in their half of the fourth when Fowler tripled home Dante Bichette Jr., who scored from first, and Billy McKinney followed him with a run-scoring single.
Fowler, McKinney and Mike Ford each recorded two-hit games on the night.
With the victory and losses by the Hartford Yard Goats and the Reading Fightin Phils, the Thunder stand 3.5 games shy of the division lead and have a commanding 8.0 game lead over the Yard Goats with 14 games to play. The team’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 8 games.
Your Thunder continue their homestand on Tuesday night at 7pm against the Bowie Baysox. Rehabbing Yankees RHP Bryan Mitchell will start for the Thunder, RHP Matthew Grimes will go for Bowie. The first 1,500 fans, ages 5-15, will receive NJEA Cloudman Soap Dispensers on Tuesday night, it’s also Dollar Dog night and Kids Eat Free. Tickets are available by phone at 609-394-3300 or online at TrentonThunder.com.