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Game Preview: Bethesda Big Train vs Gaithersburg Giants

By:Melyssa Cave
Cameron Daugherty (Bowling Green State University) watches a run score in the Big Train home opener on Thursday

On Saturday, after suffering their first loss of the year to the Baltimore Redbirds, Bethesda Big Train returns to Shirley Povich Field to face the Gaithersburg Giants, who are riding a two game winning streak. The game will be the first matchup between the two teams this season. Last season, Big Train won three of four against the Giants, with a +15 run differential and a 1.50 team ERA.

Big Train’s probable starter is Alex Calvert (Erskine College). At the end of his first college season, Calvert holds a 4.48 ERA over 68.1 innings pitched, including 4 complete games. Over that time, he struck out 77 batters and walked 26.

Two Big Train hitters to watch in Saturday’s game are second baseman Clayton Daniel (Jacksonville State University), who is sporting a .500 batting average (7 for 14) with 6 walks, 8 runs batted in, and only 1 strikeout, and first baseman Cameron Daugherty (Bowling Green State University), who is batting .316 (6 for 19), with 2 walks and 3 doubles.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 PM. Teachers get in free (with proper ID) for Teacher Appreciation Night. 

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