Coming into Sunday’s game against the Gaithersburg Giants, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts wanted to get their pitching back on track after a bumpy start to the season.
Unfortunately for the Thunderbolts, that was not the case, as the Giants scored in all but two innings on the way to a dominating 13-6 win.
The Thunderbolts started quickly against Giants pitcher Max Goron, with Daulton Martin driving in Luke Trainer in the first. The bats continued to stay hot in the second, as Davonn Griffin scored on a wild pitch and Dominic Ford and Trainer drove in runs, putting the Thunderbolts up 4-0.
Gaithersburg began to claw back shortly after, plating a run each in the second and third innings against Thunderbolts starter Tanner Jacobson. He was pulled after only three innings but was relatively effective, allowing two runs and five hits while striking out three.
Brendan Collins came on in the fourth and struggled with his command, something that would be a common theme among Thunderbolt pitchers. He walked six batters, hit another and uncorked three wild pitches, allowing four runs to come across and putting the Giants up 6-4.
Gaithersburg continued their surge in the fifth, as Harris Williams led off with a home run off Austin Weber. Tommy Crider later singled in Cade Doughty to extend the Giants’ lead to 8-4. Doughty led the way for the Giants, reaching base in each of his six plate appearances and driving in a run.
Jared Johnson further extended the Giants’ lead in the sixth, pounding a three-run homer to right.
The Thunderbolts briefly responded in the seventh, with Lucas Donlon and Quinn McKenna driving in runs to cut into the Giants’ lead. However, the Giants countered in the bottom of the inning with a Brandon Greim RBI double.
Gaithersburg’s bullpen shut down the Thunderbolts from there, sealing their victory by getting Jack Schroeder to fly out.
Thunderbolt pitchers issued 15 walks in the game, something they will look to clean up as they face the Giants once again Monday night.