by John Vittas
Robin Mowatt pitched seven scoreless innings to propel the Gaithersburg Giants to an 8-2 win over the Herndon Braves Saturday at Herndon High School.
Mowatt allowed just allowed just three hits, struck out six and did not walk a batter. He needed just 73 pitches to get through seven innings.
"My fastball command was really good today," Mowatt said. "I actually didn't have to use my changeup. Curveball was pretty good as well, but my fastball was definitely there tonight.
The Giants scored four runs in the first two innings off Herndon starter Jack Falvey, but did not register a hit until Chris Kashangaki's three-run double in the second. All four runs were unearned against Falvey due to a pair of errors committed by the Braves' infield.
"He went to his offspeed, low, trying to get me to ground out," Kashangaki said. "But then he missed out over the plate with a fastball and I was able to get extended and drive it over the right fielder."
Jay Graham added a two-run single and Mark Williams recorded a double and two walks in the win.
Before the Braves scored two in the ninth, Giants' pitching went a string of 21 consecutive innings without allowing a run.
"Everybody's getting ahead. That's the key," Kashangaki added. "They're pounding low in the zone, can't get hurt there."
They have now won three games in a row, improving to 4-2 on the season and pulling into a three-way tie for first place.
"Everybody's getting more comfortable," Kashangaki said. "Everybody's getting in a rhythm and playing with confidence."
The Giants will look to continue their win streak Sunday in Alexandria, taking on the Aces at 1:30pm. Vince Molesky (0-1) will be on the mound.
To listen to my postgame interview with Mowatt and Kashangaki, click here