July 18, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press
BETHESDA, M.D. – – After a four-day break for the MLB All-Star game, the D.C Grays returned to action on the road against the Bethesda Big Train. In a game that had various playoff implications, the Grays fell 5-4. The loss forces the team back to 17-19, making each one of their remaining four games vital for playoff seeding.
The staff performed admirably against a potent Bethesda offense on Wednesday. J.P Woodward (Lafayette) started the game and gave way to Isaac Olson (Cincinnati). The two traditional starters went a total of six innings, allowing five earned runs and combining for five strikeouts. Cal Ripken Collegiate League Pitcher of the Week Nathan Moore (Cincinnati) came on in the seventh inning and let up only one hit in two innings of work.
The offense for the Grays continued its impressive stretch of play with seven different players totaling 12 hits. Unfortunately, D.C left 10 runners on base compared to the Bethesda’s six, which ultimately made the difference in the game. 3B John Marti (Lafayette) and 2B Brian Dempsey (Boston College) each picked up three hits and an RBI in the loss.
With the loss, the Grays now fall into a tie for second place in the South division with the FCA Braves. The team currently sits fourth out of six in the overall playoff picture, but will have to finish strong to solidify that position, as just a game and a half separates the fourth and seventh place teams. D.C will be back in action Thursday for a critical doubleheader against the Loudoun Riverdogs. The first game will begin at 4:00 PM.