By Rob Stadnik
After another game in which the Dodgers were unable to hold on to a late inning lead, they will have to focus early for an early start in Silver Spring. The first of two the team will play against the T-Bolts will begin at 4:30pm.
In the last meeting between these two teams the Dodgers took a one run lead into the ninth inning but surrendered three runs to come out on the losing end, by a score of 6-4.
Carson Klepzig had a big game in the last meeting going 3 for 5 with a double and scoring twice. He most definitely be behind the plate for at least one of today’s games.
William Brown (Anne Arundel CC) will make his second start against the Dodgers in game one. He comes in with a record of 2-0 in his two starts and has a 3.21 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 14 innings. In the previous game against the Dodgers, Brown went eight innings, giving up four runs on five hits, and earned the win.
In game two Corey Fields (UNC Pembroke) will make his third start. Fields is 0-0 with a 5.90 ERA in just 10.2 innings pitched. In his last time out he lasted just 4.2 innings surrendering six runs, four earned, on nine hits.
Whomever the Dodgers send to the hill, he will need to be aware of T-Bolts newcomer Brodie Leftridge (Tennessee). He made his 2017 debut in last night’s ball game and 3 for 4 with four runs scored and stole three bases against Gaithersburg.
The Dodgers bats will look to stay hot, as the team has scored five or more runs in their last three games. Leading offensive charge is shortstop Austin James (State College of Florida), who is riding a nine game hitting streak, including a pair of hits in last night’s game. During his streak James is hitting .351 with a pair of doubles and 10 runs batted in.
The issue for the Dodgers continues to be an inability to keep teams off the scoreboard in the final innings. In their 11 games this summer, Dodgers pitchers have allowed 36 runs in the seventh inning or later, including 18 in the ninth inning and beyond. In each instance the opponent has scored multiple runs and on only two occasions have they been held off the board.
With two seven inning games today, it may just play into the Dodgers hands. A double header sweep could work wonders on the teams confidence and put them right back in the playoff picture.