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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Special Event with ESPN's Tim Kurkjian; Big Train Players in Pro Ball; DC Sports Night a Success

Wednesday Night Features ESPN's Tim
Kurkjian and Special Baseball Picnic Meal!
ESPN's Tim Kurkjian will be at Povich on Wednesday for Baseball History Night.  
Come out to Povich Field on Wednesday night for Baseball History Night
when the now #22 ranked Bethesda Big Train face the Alexandria Aces! On this special night, you can get to the ballpark at 6:00, before the game at 7:30, and buy a special ticket that includes...  
  • Admission to Wednesday night's game.
  • A chance to meet ESPN's Tim Kurkjian and famed baseball author Paul Dickson.
  • Participation in a baseball trivia contest (with prizes) with ESPN's Tim Kurkjian.
  • Participation in a quick tutorial on how to keep score with author Paul Dickson.
  • A voucher for a hot dog, a bag of chips, and a drink at the Home Run Cafe.
Tickets for this special event can be purchased here or at the gate. This night is sure be one of the best nights of the season so make sure you don't miss out! 
Big Train Players in Pro Ball
Matt Bowman played for Big Train, now plays for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Here is a mid-season update on how Big Train alumni are currently doing in pro ball. Thanks to Volunteer Coordinator Emeritus Bill Hickman for putting this together. To get you started, here are some updates on Big Train players of the very recent past. To see the entire report, click here
Martin Agosta, RHP (BT 2011) Signed with the San Francisco Giants on 7/11/2012 for a $612,000 bonus (He was their #2 draft pick).  He will be in their Scottsdale training camp for the rest of the summer.
Michael Aldrete, RHP (BT 2011) Johnson City Cardinals (Appalachian Lg. - Rookie) 1-0, 4.91 ERA in 6 games.
Cody Allen, RHP (BT 2008 & 2010) Columbus Clippers (International Lg. - AAA) 2-2, 2 saves, 2.43 ERA in 23 games, after starting season with the Carolina Mudcats (Carolina Lg. - Hi A) 0-0, 0.00 ERA in 2 games and Akron Aeros (Eastern Lg. - AA) 0-0, 1 save, 1.17 ERA in 5 games.
Matt Bowman, RHP (BT 2010-11-12) Brooklyn Cyclones (NY-Penn Lg. - ss-A) 1-1, 2 saves, 3.24 ERA in 4 games.

To see the entire report, click here
DC Sports Night a Success Despite Big Train Loss
Gary Clark & Darnerien McCants at Big Train
Gary Clark & Darnerien McCants at Big Train

Gary Clark and Darnerien McCants were in the house last night to help the Big Train celebrate DC Sports Night, as fans with hometown jerseys received free admission. Clark in particular was impressed with Povich Field, describing it as "unbelievable." Both former Redskins receivers, Clark and McCants spent time giving fans a chance to get some autographs and pictures with their favorite hometown athletes.
The Big Train were unable to come up with the win last night, falling 6-3 to the Alexandria Aces. Jon Carlson (High Point) took the mound for the Big Train last night, giving the team four solid innings. Carlson allowed no earned runs while giving up just three hits and recording four strikeouts.

The Big Train scored two early runs in the second and third innings. The first run coming in on an Avondre Bollar (San Diego State) double and the second on a solo home run by Brennan Middleton (Tulane).

Alexandria scored four runs and took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth. Cameron Cuneo (UC Santa Barbara) would come in to pitch the fifth inning. Cuneo would go three strong, giving up just two hits and no runs while striking out two. Cuneo's solid three innings of work would give the Big Train a late chance to rally.

However, the Big Train rally would come up short. Though they were able to score one run to cut the lead to one, the Aces scored a couple in the ninth to seal the game.
Be sure to come see if the now #22 ranked Big Train can get their revenge against the Aces on Wednesday night as they host the Aces again at Povich Field.

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