Twelve days ago, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts fashioned their best pitching performance of the season, shutting out the DC Grays thanks to Luke Rettig’s seven stellar innings.
They nearly repeated that effort Monday against the Grays, allowing two hits and riding a dominant start from Alex Mykut in an 8-1 win.
The Thunderbolts’ offense backed Mykut early as they plated three runs in the second inning against Hayden Wynja.
Lucas Donlon first came in on a wild pitch, then Lyle Miller-Green scored after a throw from Austin Deming got away from Grays catcher Alex Vasquez. One batter later, Chris Brady scored on Dominic Ford’s RBI groundout to put Silver Spring-Takoma up 3-0.
The Thunderbolts extended their lead to five in the third, as two runners came across after Brady’s two-out popup fell between Bryan Call and Justin Johnson.
That was more than enough for Mykut, who dazzled in his first start of the season. He allowed one hit in five shutout innings while striking out six.
Wynja would be pulled for the Grays in the fifth inning after surrendering five runs and four hits in 4.1 innings while striking out five and hitting four batters. Kyle Subers came in and shut down the Thunderbolts until the ninth, allowing one baserunner in that span.
Greg Albert was equally effective out of the bullpen for Silver Spring-Takoma, giving up one hit across the final four innings while striking out five and picking up the save.
The Grays briefly threatened in the eighth, loading the bases and bringing in a run to break up the shutout, but the Thunderbolts immediately answered.
Donlon, Miller-Green and Brady each drove in a run in the ninth as Silver Spring-Takoma roughed up Subers, securing their ninth win of the season.