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Monday, June 4, 2012

Big Train Down Giants 4-2 as Kish Acts the Hero: Atmosphere at Povich!

Triple by Kish Rocks Giants as
Big Train get on Right Track
Colin Kish slides into third with the game-winning triple.

The beginning of the game was unkind to the Big Train as they fell behind 2-0 after the Giants scored a run each in the second and fourth innings. However, all that would change in the bottom of the fifth.

Tyler Thomas (Shepherd) led off the bottom of the 5th inning with a leadoff single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Big Train fill-in Brandon Gum. While 2-1 wasn't good enough yet, longtime Big Train relief pitcher Hugh Adams (Florida Atlantic) came in and shut down the Giants in the top of the sixth.

A sixth inning rally pulled the Big Train past the Gaithersburg Giants in the second of the Big Train's three exhibition games Sunday night, as Colin Kish (Southern Florida) smashed a ball off the base of the scoreboard in right-center field and drove in two runs.

Hugh Adams returns after ten months and gets the win.
In the bottom of the sixth, Matt Bowman (Princeton) and Brendan Hendriks (San Francisco) each reached base. However, Colin Kishquickly found himself in a no-ball, two-strike hole. "I just tried to shorten up with [an 0-2 count] and hit it the other way," said Kish. "It worked out." 

"Worked out" was the understatement of the night. Kish knocked in both Bowman and Hendriks with a deep triple off the base of the scoreboard in right-centerfield to give the Big Train a 3-2 lead. Kishlater came in to score the final Big Train run on a delayed steal of home after Avondre Bollar (San Diego St.) elicited a throw down to second on his steal attempt. "Colin's a great player," said managerSal Colangelo. "He did great things."

Adams was able to throw a scoreless seventh inning and picked up the win in his first live game action since last Big Train season as he suffered injury setbacks during a redshirt season this year. "He threw strikes," said Colangelo. "He got after it. We're coming together as a team ... You just have to execute and get lucky sometimes and let the pieces fall right where they may."

The Big Train will play their final exhibition game tomorrow against the Herndon Braves at 5PM at Shirley Povich Field. They will then go on the road to face the Baltimore Redbirds on Wednesday and the Southern Maryland Nationals on Thursday before returning to Bethesda for their Opening Night celebration on Friday, June 8th, against the Rockville Express. 

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