2018 Game Recaps

Pitching carries Grays in defensive battle

July 14, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

ROCKVILLE, MD – – In need of a win to hold their current playoff standing, the D.C Grays delivered.  DC won a tight road game against the Rockville Express by a slim 2-0 score.  With just five games remaining, the Grays sit at 17-18, still holding onto second place in the Cal Ripken South Division.

The pitching staff was the highlight, as a combined effort from four different arms shutdown the Rockville offense. Cade Negley (Youngstown State) began on the mound and despite lasting only three innings, gave up just two hits. He gave way to an impressive bullpen combination of Ed Herbener (Bloomsburg U), Nathan Moore (Cincinnati), and Kyle Dean (Williams College). The three relievers allowed only three hits and amassed eight strikeouts in six complete innings. Herbener picked up the win and Dean was awarded the save.
The bats for the Grays were fairly quiet but got the job done when needed. The team totaled nine hits, coming from a group of seven different players. LF Miguel Cameron (Norfolk State) was the hero, driving in the only runs of the game on an RBI double in the second inning.
The D.C Grays only have five regular season games remaining, and are currently in line for coveted playoff spot. They have a short break for the Major League All-Star Game, and will look to solidify their position Wednesday, when they travel to Bethesda to take on the Big Train at 7:00 PM.

 

Nightmare inning dooms Grays

July 12, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

BALTIMORE, MD – – After a brief break for the Cal Ripken League All-Star game, the D.C. Grays were back in action on the road to take on the North Division-leading Baltimore Redbirds.

The game was even through five innings, but the Redbirds broke through for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and went on to win 16-7. The loss knocks the Grays back to 16-18.

It was an up and down day for the Grays pitching staff at Carl Crispino Field in Towson, MD. Mike Delio (SUNY New Paltz) got the start on the mound and allowed only one earned run in his five innings, keeping the Grays competitive for the first half of the ballgame. However, the Redbirds figured out the DC bullpen and plated eight runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning and the team could not recover.  Josh Welcher (Virginia State) made his first appearance of the summer in the game.

The offense had an admirable performance in the game, but simply could not match the Redbirds potent offense. The Grays amassed twelve total hits and four players had multi-hit days.  1B Cory Moore (Cyrpus CC) was the star of the game for DC, breaking through his slump by hitting two home-runs and picking up three RBIs.

With the loss, the Grays maintain their second-place position in the South Division by only a single game. They’ll return to action on Saturday for a critical matchup with the Rockville Express at 7:00 PM.

Grays exploit Aces errors and pick up pivotal win

July 10, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – In a vital matchup with the visiting Alexandria Aces, the D.C Grays scratched out a 6-5 win, taking advantage of mistakes by the Aces defense. With the key division win the D.C. Grays move to 16-17, sitting comfortably in a playoff spot with seven games remaining.

 

The team was largely able to squeak out the win due to mishaps in the field by Alexandria. In the four-run second inning for the Grays, the Aces committed three costly errors, all of which would make a difference in the tightly contested ball game. After the Grays relinquished the lead in the top of the fifth, RF Jahleel Sewer (Virginia State) blasted a two-run home run to right field, giving the Grays the lead which they held for the remainder of the game.

 

SP Isaac Olson (Cincinnati) had an up and down day on the bump, lasting just 4.2 innings but only allowing three hits and three earned runs. Nathan Moore (Cincinnati) became the hero of the contest delivering 4.1 innings of just one hit baseball in relief. He added on eight strikeouts making it a season high in both innings pitched and strikeouts.

 

Most the team will get the day off Wednesday before returning to action against the Baltimore Redbirds on Thursday. With just seven regular season games remaining, the Grays will have to protect their current spot in the standings in order to make the playoffs.

D.C falls in nail-biter to Bethesda

July 9, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – Riding a three-game win streak, the D.C Grays returned home to the Nationals Youth Academy Monday to square off with division-leading Bethesda Big Train. In what became a pitching duel between both staffs, the game tilted slightly toward the Big Train in the end and the Grays fell 2-1. Despite the loss, bringing the team’s record down to 15-17, the Grays remain second in the Cal Ripken South division.

 

Cade Negley (Youngstown State) started for the Grays and was incredibly solid, building off his impressive 0.57 ERA summer thus far. He lasted 5.1 innings, allowing just one earned run and picking up seven strikeouts. His one earned run came in an unlucky sixth inning and snapped the Grays pitching stretch of allowing no runs in 25 innings. Relievers Ed Herbener(Bloomsburg) and Kyle Dean (Williams) continued where Negley left off, giving up only 1 combined run in 3.2 innings.

 

The bats struggled for the D.C. on Monday amassing only five singles as the lone base hits in the ball game. It seemed as though a late rall y was brewing for the Grays in the bottom of the ninth inning, as 3B John Marti (Lafayette) advanced to third base on a double error by the Big Train, but team was unable to bring him in. 2B Brian Dempsey (Boston College) scored the lone run for the offense on a wild pitch.

 

With just eight games remaining in the regular season each one will matter for the D.C Grays down the stretch. They’ll continue their playoff push Tuesday at home when they take on the Alexandria Aces at 7:00 PM.

 

Dominant start and late insurance leads to third straight victory

July 8, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

BALTIMORE, M.D. – – Coming off a doubleheader sweep on Saturday, the D.C Grays continued rolling along, picking up their third straight win Sunday over the Baltimore Dodgers, 10-0. This marks the second consecutive shutout for the Grays and brings their record to 15-16, good enough for second place in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League South Division.

For the third straight game in a row, the pitching for the Grays was nothing short of brilliant. Ace J.P. Woodward (Lafayette) started the game and shut down the Dodgers offense, allowing just two hits in 6.2 innings. Michael Delio (SUNY New PALTZ) came on in relief and matched Woodward’s dominance, also allowing just two hits in the remaining 2.1 innings. The two picthers on the day combined for 10 strikeouts.

Once again, the offense was able to back up the strong pitching with ease, especially by padding the lead late in the game. The team plated three runs through the first four innings, before exploding for seven runs in the final two innings of the ball game. The bats were led individually by CF Tre Terry (Thomas Nelson CC), who went 2-3 and knocked in 3 RBI. 2B Brian Dempsey (Boston College) picked up right where he left off on Saturday, going 2-4 and raising his batting average to .303.

The Grays are in action again on Monday when they take on the division-leading Bethesda Big Train. First pitch will be at 7:00 PM.

Timely hitting leads to doubleheader sweep

July 7, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – After previously dropping three games in a row, the D.C Grays had an opportunity to bounce back in a doubleheader against the last place team in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League, the Loudon Riverdogs. The team did just that, exploding to a 10-2 victory in game one and following that up with a 9-0 win in game two. With the sweep that D.C Grays move to just two games shy of .500, currently sitting at 14-16 overall.

In the first game of the day that started at 4:04 PM, the Grays offense broke out early, scoring seven runs in the first two innings, including six in the second inning. The second inning was capped off by a three-run home run from 2B Brian Dempsey (Boston College), his first of the season. SP Anthony Amoroso (SUNY New Paltz) remained a rock on the mound, allowing just two earned runs in seven innings of work. Another notable performance from game one was leadoff hitter 3B John Marti (Lafayette) going 3-4, hitting a home-run in the first inning and scoring three runs.

In game two, the pitching staff of SP Sammy Senders (Richmond) and relievers Kyle Dean (Williams College) and Mitch McIntyre (BYU) allowed just two hits on the way to a combined seven-inning shutout. The hitting continued to come at clutch moments, as the Grays broke out for another six-run inning, this time in the bottom of the sixth. DH/RF Jahleel Sewer (Virginia State) plated 3 RBI in the blowout win.
After the important doubleheader sweep Saturday, the Grays find themselves currently in a playoff spot in the standings. They’ll look to continue to solidify their position Sunday, as they travel to Joe Cannon Stadium to take on the Baltimore Dodgers at 7:00 PM.

Sloppy plays costs Grays in third consecutive loss

July 6, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – After a two-day break for Independence Day, the D.C Grays came back to the Nationals Youth Academy looking to right the ship after two losses earlier in the week. However, a tough day on the mound and some untimely mistakes led to a 7-2 loss against the Silver Spring Takoma T-bolts. Thethird straight loss for the Grays brings their overall record to 12-16.

It was a rough night on the mound for the D.C Grays, mostly due to a lack of control. The staff issued 10 free passes, more walks than total T-Bolts hits. After a few wild pitches and two costly errors from the defense, the staff only officially allowed three earned runs. Ed Herbener (Bloomsburg) was the bright spot on the mound, going 2.1 innings and striking out four in relief.

The offense was better, although the Grays struggled to score runners in scoring position. The team totaled 11 hits, but left eight runners on base, in addition to having a handful of baserunners be thrown out on the basepaths. RF Jawan McAllister (Longwood) bounced back with a 2-4 day, picking up his third home-run of the season, and 2B Brian Dempsey (Boston College) continued his recent hot hitting with a 3-4 evening.

The Grays will look to snap their losing streak Saturday as they take on the Loudon Riverdogs in a doubleheader. The games will take place at the Nationals Youth Academy. The first game begins at 4:00 PM.

Defense unravels in meltdown against Aces

July 3, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – The D.C Grays returned home Tuesday, the evening before Independence Day to take on local and division rival the Alexandria Aces. In a game that could later have major playoff implications, D.C unraveled, losing 12-1. The Grays now fall to 12-15, swapping places with the Aces in the division standings, and falling out of the current playoff picture.

The game fell apart quickly for the Grays, as the Aces plated six runs in the top of the second inning. Only three of these runs were earned, as the Grays committed three errors that contributed to the Aces explosion. The defense ended the day with six errors, while the pitching staff allowed only six combined earned runs. Highlights from the mound came from reliever Sammy Senders and traditional 1B turned reliever Cory Moore who each picked up two strikeouts and allowed no runs.

The day wasn’t much better for the offense, as the Grays only pieced together six hits. Another glaring issue for the bats was their inability to bring runners around to score, as they left 13 runners on base. DH Jahleel Sewer and SS Colton Kent both had two-hit days, while 2B Brian Dempsey picked up the Grays lone RBI, his 11th of the summer.
The Grays will have the next two days off before returning to action Friday at the Nationals Youth Academy at 7:00 PM to take on the SS-T T-Bolts.

Offense struggles against division leading Redbirds

July 2, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

BALTIMORE, MD – – The Grays travelled north on Monday to conclude their five-game road trip against the Cal Ripken Collegiate North division leading Baltimore Redbirds. Unfortunately, due to a strong outing from the Redbirds pitching staff, the Grays fell 6-2, bringing their overall record to 12-14.

The game began as a pitching duel, with Grays starter Isaac Olson (Cincinnati) allowing just two hits in the first five innings. However, Olson struggled in the sixth, first loading the bases and then giving up a grand slam that broke open the game for the Redbirds. Olson concluded his day with six innings pitched, allowing three earned runs and picking up three strikeouts.

With a chance to move to .500 for the first time this season, the team’s offense struggled picking up just five hits. The team left 10 runners on base and stuck out 16 times in the game. C Ryan Shaw (Richmond) continued his impressive play, going 2-3 and raising his season average to .238.

D.C will return to the Nationals Youth Academy Tuesday for an important playoff picture matchup against the Alexandria Aces. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Grays stumble first but bounce back in doubleheader split

July 1, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press

GAITHERSBURG, MD – – The Grays stayed on their brief road trip Sunday, taking on the Gaithersburg Giants in a doubleheader. It was a tale of two games, as the team was stifled in game one, falling 9-1, but bounced back, trouncing the Giants 9-4 in game two. The split doubleheader brings the Grays to 12-13, remaining just one game shy of a .500 winning percentage.

Little went right for the Grays in game one of the evening. The team committed five errors, and only picked up seven hits, not being able to string many of those hits together. Starter Cade Negley (Santa Clara) was a bright spot for the team in the first game, pitching five strong innings, allowing no earned runs and fanning eight Giants batters. John Marti (Lafayette) picked up the Grays lone RBI in the eighth inning.

It was a different story for D.C in game two, as the bats broke out in key moments, and the team took advantage of four Gaithersburg errors. The teams first two runs came on a home-run in the second inning from 1B Cory Moore (Santa Clara), his first of the season. The Grays later plated five runs in the top of the sixth inning, started by a two RBI ground-rule double from C Ryan Shaw (Richmond). J.P Woodward (Lafayette) picked up the win on the mound with another quality start of six innings, allowing just one earned run.

The Grays will conclude their five-game road trip Monday, as they look for another win against the Baltimore Redbirds at 7:00 PM.


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