The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts hope to play the Gaithersburg Giants tonight at Criswell Automotive Field if Mother Nature cooperates. Game time is 7 pm, broadcast time on the T-Bolts Radio Network is 6:55 pm. Neal Lavon and Nate Kresh are on the call. Justin Jaquis is handling social media.
Last night’s game against the FCA Braves was cancelled due to rain and thunderstorms forecast for the game. The game will be made up at a later date.
The weather forecast for Gaithersburg is not promising with thunderstorms predicted for the afternoon and a 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms in the evening. We will update you as soon as we learn of any postponements or cancellations. Thursday is also expected to be rainy but Friday looks to be sunny.
Luke Rettig (So, Lehigh) takes his 1-1 record to the mound for the Bolts against Thomas Burbank (So, Texas) who has an 0-1 record this season. Luke was named Pitcher of the Week by the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League yesterday. After struggling in his first game, Rettig responded by throwing seven scoreless innings as part of what would be a 5-0 T-Bolts win over the DC Grays on June 12 at Blair. He allowed just three hits, walked one, and struck out nine. He also struck out nine batters. He was able to drop his ERA from 22.50 to 5.00 and also decreased his opponent's batting average against him by nearly 200 points. Rettig's performance began what would become a four-game T-Bolts win streak.
Burbank has pitched 8.2 innings in four appearances for the Giants. He allowed nine runs so far with five walks, nine hits, and an impressive 14 strikeouts. His ERA stands at 7.26. His loss came against the DC Grays on June 6. He also plays the field for Gaithersburg and has appeared in eight games and has one RBI.
Thunderbolt hitters have a team average of .278, highest in the league. The Bolts have pushed across 68 runs in ten games, led by catcher Luke Trainer (Jr, Millersville) who is currently hitting .450. Five players are hitting over .300.