GAME RECAP 6-19-2015
By: Anna Dunlavey
The DC Grays gave away free bases like Halloween candy last night, and the Gaithersburg Giants took full advantage of DC’s generosity in a 9-3 win at the Nationals Youth Academy.
The last-place Giants scored 9 runs against the hapless Grays, helped by 11 walks and a hit batsman to go with 10 hits. The Grays got 13 hits, but few of them were timely. The blowout loss (the teams fourth in a row) brings the Grays’ record to 6-8 on the season.
Starter Jarred Scott (Alabama Southern CC), who was tagged with the loss, had four walks, and gave up two runs on three hits in three innings. Marlon Pruitt (Grambling State) relieved Scott. Pruitt had an uncharacteristic performance, issuing four walks and only striking out one. He gave up three runs on three hits in two innings. Ryan Garner (Memphis) came out in the top of the sixth and quickly retired the Giants on a double play and a fly out, giving the Grays a bit of hope. However, he walked the first two batters he faced in the top of the seventh, and Dan Jarrell (Washington College) took over. Four runs, including the runners Jarrell inherited, scored in the top of the seventh, and Jarrell gave up two hits and a walk with one strikeout. Steve Ghiardi (Millersville) pitched the final two innings of the game, giving up one hit and striking out three.
The Grays were boosted by a large early crowd (the team hosted a group of young African-American business students in the Future Leaders and Young Entrepreneurs program) and the game was close in the early going. Although the Giants were the first to strike, the Grays tied the score at one in the first when 2B Mike Caputo (Seton Hall) scored on a double from SS Jackson Kramer (Lafayette). But the next time the Grays scored, when DH Kurt Sinnen (Old Dominion) crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice, they were down by four runs. The Grays’ final run, when C Colton Shaver (Brigham Young) scored on a single from RF Quinn Carpenter (Texas Tech), was scored in the eighth inning, when the game was all but decided.
Today, the Grays will play an afternoon home game against the Bethesda Big Train. Carpenter is expected to move to the mound and pitch for the Grays.