Entering Tuesday’s game against the Bethesda Big Train, Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts’ starters were among the worst in the Ripken League in walks and runs allowed.
They did not do much to help their cause against Bethesda, as Thunderbolt pitchers issued 14 walks, while Ryan Okuda shut down the Silver Spring-Takoma offense in a 12-0 loss to the Big Train.
Bryan Gilliam took the mound for the Thunderbolts and had command issues once again. He walked nine for the second consecutive outing — seven in the first inning — and unleashed three wild pitches while allowing seven runs and just one hit. The Big Train only scored one of those seven runs on a hit — a Martin Vincelli-Simard single in the second.
Gilliam was lifted for Greg Albert three batters into the second inning. Albert pitched somewhat effectively, allowing two runs and walking five in five innings.
Meanwhile, the Thunderbolts offense could muster nothing off Okuda, who tossed six scoreless innings for the second time this season. Only one runner reached scoring position, as Okuda allowed three hits and one walk while striking out five.
Alex Mykut made his Thunderbolts debut in the seventh inning and started strong, but allowed three runs in the eighth on Tate Soderstrom’s two-run homer and Matt Thomas’ RBI double.
Jack Weeks, Tyler Naumann and Logan Barker picked up where Okuda left off for Bethesda, shutting out the Thunderbolts to finish them off.