After a day off due to last night’s rainout, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts (2-3) visit the Bethesda Big Train (2-2) at Shirley Povich Field for a 7 pm game. This is the third meeting of eight for the two Montgomery County squads with each team having won one game. It will be a battle of southpaws as UMBC Senior Bryan Gilliam (1-0) is slated to get the start for the Tbolts and Virginia Tech Junior Ryan Okuda (1-0) will take the mound for the Big Train.
You can hear the game live on the Tbolts Radio Network (Go to Media/Listen Live) starting at 6:55 pm. Neal Lavon is on the call and Clark Boinis will be handling social media.
The last time the Tbolts visited Bethesda, the Bolts erased a four-run deficit in the fourth inning with 11 runs, a team record for runs scored in one inning. They went on to win, 13-4, with Jake Pecilunas (Jr, Towson) picking up the win with five strong innings of shutout baseball in relief of starting pitcher Yash Rane (Jr, Lehigh). Nathan Schneider (Jr, St Marys College) took the loss for Bethesda.
Since then, the fortunes of both teams have dovetailed with each losing their next game—the Bolts to the FCA Braves and the Big Train to the DC Grays. Bethesda was rained out in its next contest while the Tbolts lost to Gaithersburg. All games in the Ripken League were rained out yesterday.
The Tbolts starter, Bryan Gilliam, pitched five innings in a 6-4 win over the FCA Braves on June 6 at Blair when he allowed two runs on two hits despite walking nine. The UMBC Senior was in and out of trouble throughout his appearance but, with the help of his defense, always managed to escape. Ryan Okuda, who pitched in the Big Train’s Opening Day 10-1 victory at Blair was dominant, pitching six innings and allowing no runs on just two hits. He walked one and struck out nine.
The Tbolts victory at Shirley Povich was the first for the team there in nearly three years. With their loss Saturday to the DC Grays, Bethesda has lost back to back games at home. This should be a good one.