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.