T-Bolts Start Fast, then Fade in 6-3 Loss

Down late in Sunday’s game against the Gaithersburg Giants, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts hoped to repeat their comeback from Saturday night and walk away with their third straight win.

Instead, Gaithersburg’s pitching locked down, sealing a 6-3 win for the Giants and snapping the Thunderbolts’ winning streak.

Silver Spring-Takoma jumped on Giants starter Zach Adams early, sending eight batters to the plate and scoring three in the first inning. Ryan Roell and Lyle Miller-Green provided the damage with run-scoring singles.

Gaithersburg quickly clawed back against Yash Rane, plating one in the second on Brendan Hord’s home run and three in the third thanks to Cade Doughty’s three-run blast. Jared Johnson later scored on a groundout in the fourth to add to the Giants’ lead.

Rane settled down in the fifth but walked Harris Williams to begin the sixth. He was pulled a batter later, finishing the day allowing six runs and five hits in 5.1 innings while striking out three.

Carson Jones then welcomed new pitcher Bryan Gilliam with a single, scoring Williams to put Gaithersburg up 6-3.

Adams, meanwhile, settled in and dominated, tossing five innings of four-hit ball, striking out seven and picking up the win.

Cameron Bush came on for Gaithersburg in the sixth and continued to shut down the Thunderbolts offense, striking out four and allowing two baserunners until the ninth.

For Silver Spring-Takoma, Gilliam continued his resurgence as a reliever, allowing two baserunners and striking out four in 2.2 innings.

The Thunderbolts threatened in the ninth, putting two runners on before Bush was lifted for Matt Watters.

Cade Swisher drew a walk to load the bases with no outs, but Watters retired three straight batters to end the threat and give the Giants their eighth win of the season.