GAME RECAP 6-28-2015
By Anna Dunlavey; @annadunlaveyy
The DC Grays took an early 2-0 lead last night in Baltimore against the Dodgers, but couldn’t hold on and fell 3-2 in 11 innings. The loss puts the Grays’ record at 8-13 on the season.
The Grays bats were quiet again — the team managed only four hits — and they wasted another well-pitched ballgame.
DC struck first, in the top of the fourth. 3B Taylor King (Memphis) drew a walk, and LF Lamar Briggs (Jackson State) doubled to drive him in.
The Grays added another run in the sixth when DH Kurt Sinnen (Old Dominion) led off the top of the sixth with a walk and scored on a double by 1B Colton Shaver (Brigham Young).
The Grays weren’t even able to hold the 2-0 count for a full inning, as the Dodgers scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. The Dodgers scored again in the bottom of the eighth to tie things up and force extra innings. The Grays were retired in order in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh innings, and the Dodgers scored the walkoff winner in the bottom of the eleventh.
Grays starting pitcher Quinn Carpenter (Texas Tech) deserved more support. He gave up one run on seven hits through 6.2 innings on the hill. He struck out seven batters and walked one. Reid Frazier (Penn State) relieved Carpenter with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and pitched one complete inning, giving up one run on two hits, striking out one, and walking two. Marlon Pruitt (Grambling State) came in with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. He took the loss when he allowed the winning run to score on a bases loaded walk on the bottom of the 11th. He gave up one run on two hits, striking out two batters and walking three.
Today, the Grays will travel to Gaithersburg to play the Gaithersburg Giants. Harry Thomas (UNC Greensboro), who started a game against the Giants earlier this season that was rained out after two innings, will hopefully not have the same problem this time around as he takes the Criswell Field mound again tomorrow.