One night after Mother Nature cancelled the Big Train's originally scheduled home opener, the weather cooperated on Saturday night as Bethesda hosted the Gaithersburg Giants at Povich Field.
Danny Mooney (Davidson) got the start for the Big Train and put together six quality innings in his season debut. Mooney would give up just three hits and two walks while striking out seven. Three innings of one-run ball from the bullpen and four runs of offense would help to get Mooney his first win of the season.
The majority of the runs would come in the third inning. Four consecutive Big Train batters would reach base. Kevin Tatum (Cornell) would double home two runners and then be singled home by Tucker Tobin (George Mason) to give the Big Train a 3-0 lead heading into the fourth.
Following the big inning, Big Train pitchers Mooney and Will Resnik (High Point) would combine to pitch four shutout innings and keep the game at 3-0. Tobin would later add another run on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly.
The Big Train gave up one run late, but Trevor Charpie (Tennessee) came on to pick up the save.
"We've got a group of guys this year that just want to win, want to play, want to get better and more importantly, just want to have fun," said manager Sal Colangelo. "Just the little things. Taking care of batting practice, getting that set up, getting the tarp set up. This is a great group of kids. Very talented, top to bottom."
The 4-1 win brings the Big Train to an even 1-1 on the season, and they'll look to get over .500 tomorrow night on the road at Blair Stadium in Silver Spring against the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts.
The Big Train return home to Povich Field on Monday for a doubleheader against the DC Grays, and will host fireman, policeman, and active and former service members on Hometown Heroes Night! Get your tickets to both of those games here or at the gate!
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