T-Bolts Take Both Games of Doubleheader Against Dodgers

The Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts (9-14) recovered from Saturday's heartbreaking walk-off loss to beat the Baltimore Dodgers (7-14) in both games of their daytime doubleheader.

In the early game which started at 4pm, the weather on the official box score simply read: "HOT". It was a scorcher all across the east coast. Keirnan Garner (1-1, 2.70 ERA) started the game for the T-Bolts and while he left the mound with a no-decision, he was still throwing heat on the mound. The Catonsville Community College product pitched five solid frames of one-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks while whiffing three. Austin Weber (1-0, 4.50 ERA) came in relief of Keirnan and got the win after pitching four innings, conceding four runs on six hits and four walks, striking out five batters in his appearance. Wilhelm Allen (0-3, 7.10 ERA) was the pitcher of record for Baltimore after he went two and third innings, giving up a run on no hits and a walk.

This was a textbook example of a back and forth affair, with the T-Bolts taking the lead in the second on a Raven Beeman solo shot, only to give that lead back in the fourth as the Dodgers got one on an RBI-single from Myles Mensah. The T-Bolts continued the tug of war battle by pushing two runs across in the top of the sixth, courtesy of a Tucker Childers two-run bomb. This was another short-lived advantage as the Dodgers scored two runs right back in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game back at three apiece. Two more runs for Takoma in the top of the seventh, two more of the Dodgers in the bottom of that same inning. After a brief, silent eighth inning the T-Bolts put up their sixth run of the contest in the top of the ninth, but this time the run stood and the T-Bolts won the back and forth affair, 6-5.

In the nightcap as the sun set and the day cooled, the T-Bolts offense stayed hot, scoring eight runs to beat the Dodgers in the contest. Yung-Tai Lu (2-0, 3.21 ERA) was marvelous in his outing, starting for the T-Bolts and going five innings while surrendering six hits, no walks, and only one run. Antonio Bianchini (1-1, 3.00 ERA) was the losing pitcher for the Dodgers, giving up five runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three.

The game was shortened to seven innings, but that was all the T-Bolts need to put up eight runs. Corey Rosier batted from the leadoff spot and led the offense, going 3/4 scoring two runs and driving in four. The Chipola College freshman has been perhaps the highlight of this T-Bolts team this year and showed that in this ballgame, hitting two solo home runs. Nick Atkinson had the other offensive performance to watch as he collected two hits in three at-bats, scoring two runs and driving in three on the day. Atkinson and Rosier combined for seven of the team's eight RBIs.

The T-Bolts put their two-game win streak on the line against the Gaithersburg Giants at 4pm on Monday at Criswell Field. The Giants are 12-12 on the year after losing their last time out against the DC Grays. Listen live to the game on tboltsradio.com