The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, fresh off an 8-3 defeat at the hands of the Gaithersburg Giants last night at Criswell Automotive Field at Kelley Park, return home to face the Bethesda Big Train at Blair Stadium. Game time is 7 pm; coverage on the T-Bolts Radio Network begins at 6:55 pm with Neal Lavon and Nate Kresh on the call. Justin Jaquis and Clark Boinis will handle social media and stadium production.
The Train and the Bolts are 1-2 in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League standings and are the sole teams with winning records. The Bolts have won six of their last ten; the Train has won seven of their last ten.
The Bolts will send lefty Bryan Gilliam (Sr, UMBC) against the Train’s righthander Michael Bechtold (Sr, James Madison). Gilliam has a 1-1 record while Bechtold is 2-0.
Gilliam has appeared in four games for the Thunderbolts, pitching 10.2 innings. He has allowed six hits, struck out nine, and walked 20 with an ERA of 5.90. But 18 of those walks came in his first two outings in which he won one (against the FCA Braves) and lost one (against the Big Train). In his last two outings, against the Big Train and the Gaithersburg Giants, he only walked two batters, allowed no runs, gave up three hits, and struck out five.
Bechtold is 2-0, pitching seven innings, allowing three hits, striking out six and walking one. His ERA is a stellar 1.28. He defeated the T-Bolts on June 20 at Shirley Povich, allowing one run on three hits, walking one and striking out four, in a game won by the Big Train, 8-1.
The Bolts have Friday off before heading to Alexandria on Saturday for a doubleheader with the Alexandria Aces, the first time the Bolts will visit Frank Mann Field. Game time for the first contest is 4:30 pm. Coverage on the T-Bolts Radio Network begins at 4:25 pm and will include both games.