Big Train first baseman Logan Driscoll chases down Matthew Lawrence who is caught in a pickle between Vinny Esposito and Driscoll. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEBETHESDA—The 13-5 Bethesda Big Train were looking to bounce back from the previous night’s 9-3 loss to the Baltimore Redbirds. However, Sunday night’s game wasn’t any better, as Bethesda ended up getting steamrolled by the 5-12 Baltimore Dodgers by the score of 10-1. While the game was played at Shirley Povich Field, the Dodgers were technically the home team.
The first score occurred in the bottom of the third inning when Baltimore infielder Joey Ortiz hit a sacrifice fly to drive in catcher Shamoy Christopher. Then, outfielder David Bellamy headed home on a passed ball to put the Dodgers up 2-0.
Baltimore increased their lead with three more runs in the fifth inning; outfielder Jaren Shelby scored on a passed ball, and Ortiz hit a two-run homer to left field to drive in outfielder Brian Tagoe. The Dodgers led 5-0.
Bethesda’s only run of the game happened in the top of the sixth when shortstop Fox Semones headed home on a sac fly to left field by second baseman Vinny Esposito that cut the deficit to 5-1.
But the Dodgers continued to dominate the rest of the game. In the bottom of the sixth, third baseman Zach Seal advanced to first and then second on a throwing error at first base as designated hitter Brandon McIlwain scored. Then Christopher hit a sac fly to drive in first baseman Shane Coker. Baltimore’s lead increased to 7-1.
Brian Tagoe rounds third heading for home plate on his home run hit. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE
It didn’t get any better for the Big Train as McIlwain would make his way home again on a balk by Bethesda pitcher Noah Eppert in the bottom of the seventh to impro
ve the Dodgers’ lead to 8-1. Baltimore topped it off in the eighth inning when Ortiz and Tagoe scored on a 2-RBI single by shortstop Austin James.
Baltimore pitcher Casey Gast pitched a phenomenal seven innings, striking out four batters and allowing only three hits and the lone run. Gast would finish the night with an ERA of 1.35. Ortiz was stellar in the batter’s box as he went 2-for-4 with two runs and three runs batted in.
The Dodgers won only their sixth game of the season with their record currently standing at 6-12. Manager Derek Brown said the key to tonight’s win was at-bats. “They (batters) were really patient,” he said, “and when the pitch came, they did a lot with it tonight.”
Meanwhile, the Big Train fall to 13-6. Bethesda has now lost two games in a row where they allowed nine or ten runs. “Walks, errors, and lack of effort,” Looked over by his shadow, a young boy watches the game from the only location he was tall enough to see without looking through a fence or protective netting. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEmanager Sal Colangelo said. “That’s it in a nutshell.”
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