The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts used two of their most complete efforts of the season Sunday to sweep the Alexandria Aces in a doubleheader. Wednesday night, though, the Aces flipped that script.
Alexandria rode a well-rounded offensive performance plus six strong innings by Brandon McGaw in a 10-2 win over the Thunderbolts.
The Aces jumped on Silver Spring-Takoma starter Bryan Gilliam early. They loaded the bases in the first inning and picked up a run on a RBI hit batsman.
Two innings later, Stephen Hill walloped a two-run home run to put Alexandria up by three.
Gilliam was lifted after completing the third inning. He allowed three runs and four hits while striking out two.
Rojo Prairie shut down Alexandria in the fourth inning, but the Aces would continue their steady offensive attack in the fifth.
Scotty Morgan hit his eighth home run of the season with a solo shot to right field, and Dominic Toso drove in a run on a bloop double to put Alexandria ahead 5-0. They later added another run in the sixth.
Meanwhile, the Thunderbolts could not solve McGaw. He needed just 72 pitches to get through six scoreless innings, giving up two hits and no walks while striking out six.
McGaw departed before the start of the seventh inning, though, allowing the Thunderbolts to muster their only offensive threat of the night.
Tony Gallo reached scoring position, and with two outs, Ian McMillan crushed a home run to left field, cutting the deficit to 6-2.
But the Aces would answer with two runs each in the eighth and ninth innings, putting Silver Spring-Takoma away and snapping the Thunderbolts’ five-game winning streak.
Silver Spring-Takoma will look to get back on track tomorrow in Lorton, as they face the FCA Braves in another doubleheader.