Runs were at a premium when the T-Bolts (12-17) met the Braves (13-14) on Thursday night as both teams combined for only three runs. Fans of pitching duels and bullpen mastery were in for a treat. Huei-Sheng Lin (1-2, 5.49 ERA) started the game for the T-Bolts, going 4.1 IP, allowing a run on four hits and four walks while striking out six. In the fifth inning Lin loaded the bases and then hit Jeff Steuck to score Frank Nigro and make it a 2-1 ballgame. Enter Jacob Pecilunas (1-1, 8.35 ERA) who got out of the jam with a strikeout and a fly-out. The Towson University Sophomore proceeded to throw for 3.1 IP in total, giving up only one hit and no runs while sending two packing via the punch-out. Teddy Blumanauer came in for a single batter to finish off the eighth before Kiernan Garner came in to close it out in the ninth.
John Defazio (0-3, 5.40 ERA) took the loss for the Braves despite a fine effort on the mound. The University of Tampa Sophomore pitched for 5.1 innings, giving up five hits and three walks, striking out an impressive eight of twenty four batters he faced (33%).
Defazio really only one mistake in this game. In the first inning with Zach Buck on first base the righty gave Tucker Childers something to swing at, and Childers made sure the man on the mound would regret it, clobbering the baseball for a 2-run shot, his third of the year. That was all the offense the T-Bolts would need as they won the ballgame 2-1.