July 20, 2017
By: David Sibony (@davidjsibony); DCGrays.com Press
BALTIMORE, MD – Two must-win games ended in disappointment for the DC Grays, as the team suffered its second straight doubleheader sweep. The Grays lost two against the Baltimore Dodgers at Joe Cannon Stadium and were officially eliminated from playoff contention. The losses dropped D.C. to 13-26 on the season.
In the opener, the Grays blew a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth, and couldn’t come back before the end of the seven-inning game. In game two of the double header the Grays were close to an exciting come back but fell 5-4.
The Grays got off to a hot start in the opener. RF Harrison Freed (Butler) drove in CF Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky) from third base. The Grays would give up three runs in the bottom half of that same inning (all unearned), giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.
SS Jacob Maekawa (San Diego State) brought the game within one with an RBI single that scored Johnson from third. 2B Darius Gillus (Old Dominion) followed suit with a two-RBI double scoring Maekawa and 3B Lamar Briggs (Jackson State).
The lead wouldn’t last long as the Dodgers scored four runs (three earned) off starter Matthew Dalke (Southeastern Louisiana) in the bottom of the fourth.
RHP David Mervis (Palm Beach State) came out of the bullpen and gave up four more earned runs in bottom of the fifth.
Freed tried to start a Grays rally in the top of the sixth with a bases clearing triple that scored Maekawa and Briggs, but Freed was left stranded.
In the second game there was no scoring in the first four and a half innings. That was broken when the Dodgers scored three in the bottom of the fifth.
The Dodgers added two more in the sixth but not after the Grays got on the board when 2B Darrius Gillus doubled in 3B Lamar Briggs.
Down four in the seventh the Grays comeback was stalled after Briggs and 1B Miles Jones had RBI to bring the game to 5-4. The Grays got no closer. Briggs finished the day with four hits in seven at bats.
The Grays will look to end the season on a high note while visiting the Gaithersburg Giants at 7 PM on Friday night in the season finale.
Photo Courtesy: Doug Denneny