Big Train Dominates in 14-3 Rout of Dodgers

Chris Lewis (Sacramento State) steals his third bag of the season. Lewis also swatted a homer, the team’s first of the summer. Photo Credit: Brenda Dunham/©2015 Eye on the Ball Photography

The Bethesda Big Train obliterated the Baltimore Dodgers 14-3 Wednesday night at Povich Field for their fourth straight win. The Big Train improved to 11-2 on the season and extended their lead in the South division to 4.5 games.

After two consecutive walk-off doubles, Tim Yandel (Tulane) turned in another great game for Bethesda, this time from the pitching rubber. Yandel earned his second victory of the season in a strong six-inning outing, allowing just one earned run and scattering five hits while walking none and striking out eight over 76 pitches, 57 for strikes. He now leads the Big Train in innings pitched (19.0) and owns a nifty 1.42 ERA on the season.

Southpaw Luis Collazo (Virginia Tech) dazzled in his relief outing, going two scoreless, hitless innings and striking out four. Blake Smith (Mississippi State) turned in a scoreless relief inning as well.

Offensively, the Big Train scored six runs in the first two innings and kept on rolling throughout the ball game, adding their seventh run in the fifth inning and compiling a seven-run, ten-batter seventh inning to notch a season-high single-game run total.

Second baseman Brandon Hunley (Sacramento State) had an excellent offensive performance, reaching base safely five times in five plate appearances. He roped two hits and three RBIs, walking twice and getting hit by a pitch. He also stole two bases. Leftfielder Chris Lewis (Sacramento State) had three hits, including a mammoth three-run home run over the left field fence, his first of the summer, the Big Train’s first of the summer. Lewis also added a stolen base. Shortstop Zach Kirtley (St. Mary’s (CA)) reached base three times and scored three runs. First baseman Harrison Crawford (Creighton) had a multi-hit game, including a double.

Notes: Seven of nine Big Train hitters collected at least one hit in the ball game. Eight of nine reached base multiple times…Justin Morris (Maryland) made his 2015 Big Train debut tonight, reaching base and scoring twice…Four members of the Big Train (Logan Farrar (Virginia Commonwealth), Lewis, Hunley, Tony DiLeo (Eastern Michigan) had multiple RBIs in tonight’s game…The Big Train batted around in the seventh inning, the second time this season the team accomplished the feat.

The Big Train have an away game tomorrow at 7PM against the Alexandria Aces, followed by a return to Povich Field Friday night for a 7:30 game against the Vienna River Dogs. The first 250 fans to arrive will receive a free Cal Sr. Bobblehead. Also, kids run the bases after the game.

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