The Trenton Thunder last night showed Bowie the balance that has made it the Class AA Eastern League's best team this season. Raul Gonzalez and Shea Hillenbrand both hit two-run homers, and Paxton Crawford pitched a five-hitter as Trenton defeated the Baysox, 5-0, before 3,777 at Prince George's Stadium.
Bowie (36-28) had split its first six games this season with Trenton (44-19), but Gonzalez's third-inning homer off Josh Towers (6-3) helped the Thunder take a 3-0 lead. Hillenbrand added his two-run shot in the fourth and ruined Bowie's celebration of Prince George's Stadium's fifth anniversary.
Trenton entered the game with a league-high .288 team batting average. The Thunder led the league in hits (622) and runs (366), and it had seven starters in last night's lineup batting .297 or better and finished with 10 hits.
Crawford didn't need much help on this night, however, despite entering the game with a 2-3 record and a 6.38 earned run average. Opposing batters also were hitting .282 off the right-hander, but after getting two hits in the first inning, the Baysox could do nothing with Crawford.
"He threw strikes and we just didn't get any hits," Bowie Manager Joe Ferguson said. "We've done well against them but didn't tonight."