The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (6-10) lost their second straight game in an 8-4 loss to the Bethesda Big Train (13-2) on Monday at Shirley Povich Field. Yash Rane (1-2, 8.20 ERA) took the loss in his third start of the season for Silver Spring. Bethesda's Ryan Metz (2-0, 0.00 ERA) continued his dominant 2018 campaign with a win in 2.2 scoreless innings pitched in relief. Brock Guffey (1-0, 2.25 ERA) started the game for Bethesda, but only pitched four innings.
Bethesda got on the board in the first inning thanks to a Carson Taylor sacrifice fly to center field. The Big Train then put up a three spot in the second, highlighted by a 3-RBI double by RF Alec Burleson which made it 4-0 Bethesda. The East Carolina product has been virtually unstoppable this season, hitting .583 with eight home runs and 25 RBI. He continued his MVP-caliber season with a 3-for-4 day at the plate.
The T-Bolts managed to fight their way back thanks to some Big Train miscues. Silver Spring tied it up in the sixth inning at four runs a piece on a costly error by Bethesda 2B Conor McCormack. McCormack's error allowed two runs to score and got the T-Bolts back into the game.
LF Andrew Shebloski provided the decisive run for the Big Train by mashing a deep home run, his first of the season, to make it 5-4. Bethesda scored three more runs for some added insurance en route to an 8-4 win over Silver Spring.
The T-Bolts are off on Tuesday but will return home to Montgomery Blair Stadium on Wednesday to take on the Alexandria Aces at 7pm. The game will be broadcast live at tboltsradio.com.