Braves Drop Match-Up vs. T-Bolts, 6-2
July 13, 2017
OAKTON, VA- In an important game for the Braves playoff push, the Braves dropped a close contest to the Silver Springs-Tacoma T-Bolts 6-2.
Southpaw Garrett Lutkins got off to a good start, striking out a pair of T-Bolts in the first inning. In the bottom half, Richard Constantine launched a two-out solo shot to center field, giving the Braves an early 1-0 lead.
Center fielder Nick Wheeler led off the 2nd inning with a double down the left field line, but was stranded at 3rd base to end the inning. Lutkins retired the T-Bolts in order as the Braves maintained their 1-0 lead.
The 3rd inning was not kind to Lutkins and the Braves as a one out walk followed by a single started up a threat for the T-Bolts. A walk loaded the bases with one out. Lutkins then induced a broken-bat popout to shortstop, only to have a lined single fall in front of left fielder Michael Kuzbel to give the T-Bolts the 2-1 advantage.
The Braves looked to answer back in the bottom half of the 3rd. Cayden Stover worked a one out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Richard Constantine then worked a full count walk, and Stover stold 3rd on a breaking ball in the dirt. Unfortunately for the Braves both Stover and Constantine were left on base to end the Braves threat.
Will DiGuilian entered for Lutkins in the 6th inning and sat the T-Bolts down in order in his first appearance for Herndon this season. In the bottom half of the 6th, Richard Constantine ripped a ground-rule double to left center field to lead off the inning. Ciarran Devenney laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Constantine to 3rd with only one out. The Braves again failed to capitalize with a good scoring opportunity, and headed to the 7th still down 2-1.
The T-Bolts threatened in 7th putting the first two men on. DiGuilian would induce a ground ball to Stover at short, who fired it to 3rd baseman Brett Norwood to nail the lead runner. A hit by pitch would load the bases with one out, and a fielders choice ground out would chase DiGuilian out of the game and increase the T-Bolts lead to 3-1. Conner Hall would enter the game with runners on the corners and two outs, and get the much needed ground ball out to Norwood at 3rd.
Hall would struggle with his command in the 8th, walking in a run to make the score 4-1 T-Bolts. Mitch Holloway would relieve Hall in a tough spot with the bases loaded and one out. A hit by pitch on a curveball that slipped out of Holloway's hand would score another T-Bolts run. However, Brett Norwood would turn a slick double play, diving to his right, touching the bag and firing to first for the inning-ending double play.
Brett Norwood would continue his terrific game with a lead off single to center and would advance to 2nd on a single by Stover. Norwood would get a great jump off 2nd, swiping his ninth stolen base of the year to set up a no out, runners on the corner situation for the red-hot Constantine. Stover would follow Norwood's act, stealing 2nd base. Constantine would draw a walk, loading the bases for catcher Ciarran Devenney. Devenney would shoot a single to left, scoring Stover from 3rd to cut the T-Bolts lead to 5-2. Alex Bernauer would hit into a 1-2-3 double play, proving costly for the Braves, as Nick Wheeler would pop out to 1st to end the threat.
The T-Bolts would lead off the 9th with a double to left center, and that runner would come home on a throwing error to make the score 6-2.
The Braves would go down in order in the 9th, dropping the game 6-2.
With the loss, the Braves drop to 14-20. They will be back in action tomorrow, July 14 to take on the division-leading Alexandria Aces at Frank Mann Field. First pitch is set for 7:00pm.