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Orioles minor league recap 9/14: Baysox fall to the Thunder in Eastern League Championship, 5-2

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In a best of five series, the Thunder got the deciding third win against Bowie last night.

MILB: APR 21 Erie Seawolves at Bowie Baysox Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Trenton Thunder 5, Bowie Baysox 2

After coming into last night’s matchup down two games to one in the series, Bowie was unable to win and stretch the series to a fifth game. Trenton’s pitching staff held the Baysox offense in check for most of the night, surrendering only four hits, one walk and two runs.

Tyler Herb, who went 4-2 with a 3.95 ERA at Bowie during the regular season, was on the mound in game four. But he wasn’t there long, lasting only two innings while allowing five hits, three earned runs, one walk and two strikeouts. He threw 45 pitches over that time span, including 25 strikes.

The Thunder reached Herb for all three runs in the top of the second, his final inning of work. Kellin Deglan led off with a solo shot to left. Then Kyle Holder singled and Herb managed to retire the next two batters. With two outs, Rashad Crawford singled home Holder, who had advanced to second on an earlier ground ball. Herb then issued a four pitch walk to Ben Ruta, and Zack Zehner hit an RBI ground rule double.

Tayler Scott replaced Herb in the third and gave up a solo home run to the first batter he faced, Chris Gittens. He was able to pitch 1.2 innings without incident after that. The fifth and final run of the night for Trenton came late in the game off of Diogenes Almengo. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Trenton’s Isiah Gilliam stroked an RBI single into center field.

The Baysox were actually held hitless until the sixth inning, when Cedric Mullins broke up the no-hitter and the shutout with a solo homer to right center field. The only baserunner before that point was Mason McCoy, who worked a walk in the third.

Anderson Feliz launched a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the ninth to account for Bowie’s second run, but it was too little, too late.

And with that, Bowie’s magical season came to a close last night. But congratulations to the guys for making it this far. It just goes to show you how the talent level in the organization is on the upswing and hopefully there’s a handful of players from this team banging down the door to the majors sooner rather than later.

You can view the complete box score from last night’s Baysox-Thunder game here.