By: Anna Dunlavey
On Monday night the DC Grays lost to the Baltimore Dodgers for the third time in three days, and sloppy defense was the culprit.
Costly errors caused the Grays to drop the game 2-1. Their record against the Dodgers is now 0-3 after Saturday’s double-header losses. The Grays’overall record is now 9-14.
The Dodgers took an early lead, as they did in both of the double-header games. They scored their first run in the bottom of the second inning. The Grays immediately answered back in the top of the third. Drew Reid (Harvard) reached first on a single, then advanced to third on Trae Sweeting’s (Georgia State) double. A sacrifice fly from Eric Urry (Brigham Young) brought him home.
The game remained tied for several innings, but the Grays collapsed in the bottom of the eighth. Two quick outs were followed by two consecutive infield errors. With runners on first and second, pitcher Sam Delaplane (Eastern Michigan) came out to relieve Jay Graham (Dartmouth) on the mound. He walked the first batter he faced, loading the bases, and the Dodgers scored on a wild pitch during the next at bat. Delaplane struck the batter out before any more runs could score, but unfortunately for the Grays, it was too late. The Grays put runners on first and second in the top of the ninth, but could not tie the score.
Starting pitcher Harry Thomas (Delaware State) gave up one run on five hits over the course of six well-pitched innings. The final run of the game was charged to Graham, who gave up just one hit in the 1.2 innings he pitched.
The Grays have a day off today before returning to the Nationals Youth Academy on Wednesday to take on the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. Tommy Broyles (Drew) is the expected starting pitcher for the Grays.