Early Home Runs Doom Big Train in Baltimore

Joe Nahas (UMBC)

BALTIMORE – After exploding for four home runs against the Gaithersburg Giants on Sunday, it was the long ball that killed the Big Train in their 2-0 loss to the Baltimore Redbirds Tuesday night.


“They’re always good so you always know what you’re going to get,” starting pitcher John Murphy (Maryland) said. “They’re aggressive at the plate and they’re aggressive on the base path. You just try your best to make your best pitches and keep them honest on the base path.


The Big Train found themselves in an early hole after solo home runs from AJ Lee and Cole Zabowski in the first and second inning respectively.  Both homers came off Murphy, who was shaky early in his three-inning outing. However, the Terrapin righty finished the third with a 1-2-3 inning, the last out coming by way of a strikeout.


“I think it was a pretty good outing,” Murphy said. “I think those two home runs I made my pitches, they were both inside fastballs and the first pitch of the game so you know you’ve got to give props to the hitters.”


Joe Nahas (UMBC) was spectacular in relief of Murphy. The Frackville, PA native went three innings giving up two hits while striking out five. The outing also dropped his season ERA from 2.55 to 2.17.


“They did a great job,” manager Sal Colangelo said. “They did all the little things. They made pitches when they needed, they had good command, they located well and they doubled up on pitches and they did what we needed.”


Luke Heyer (Kentucky) and Zach Jancarski (Maryland) lead the offensive charge for the Big Train. Both hitters went 2-for4 on the night. Heyer has been particularly impressive of late.  The third baseman is now 9-of-18 in his last five games.


“He’s taking quality at-bats,” Colangelo said of Heyer. “He’s swinging the bat well. He’s waiting for his pitch. He’s not trying to just over-swing. He’s trying to do the little things.”


While the game was decided by a couple solo shots on the scoreboard, some close umpiring came into play during the tight contest. James Outman (Sacramento State) narrowly missed a home run down the left field line that appeared to hook foul after going over the fence but was ultimately called out of play in the top of the second.


The Big Train will head home Wednesday for a critical double-header against the Baltimore Dodgers.  After Tuesday night’s competition Bethesda sits 1.5 games back of the Alexandria Aces in the South Division with eight games left.


“I’m not worried about the second game – let’s get a win in game one,” Colangelo said. “I expect Tyler Smith to throw a great game and us come back and take care of business and us be ready to go the second game. One at a time.”


First pitch in game one of the double-header from Shirley Povich Field is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
December 2022
November 2022
September 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
March 2020
February 2020
October 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
November 2016
September 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
September 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
November 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
December 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
December 2011
You Tube
Number 11
Number 21
Number 40
Number 42
Number 5
Number 7