GAME RECAP (Grays vs Riverdogs) 7-6-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press: Blane Crouse @bcrouse_6
The Grays lost to the Vienna Riverdogs 3-2 in what was game one of a double header at the Nationals Youth Academy. The game took eleven innings to decide and was a walk off win for the Riverdogs, as they were the “home” team for the first game of the double header.
Both starting pitchers were outstanding in the game as Grays starter, RHP Matthew Dalke (SE Louisiana), went seven innings allowing only one earned run and six hits and Riverdogs starter, RHP Mason Keen (East Carolina), went six innings allowing eight hits and no earned runs.
The Riverdogs struck first in the bottom of the second inning. No more runs would be scored until the Grays tied the game in the top of the seventh when SS Garrett Hudson (Virginia Tech), singled to score LF Lamar Briggs (Jackson St) who had singled and stole second earlier in the inning.
The Riverdogs added another run in the bottom of the eighth putting the pressure on the Grays who began the top of the ninth trailing 2-1. CF Jawan McAllister (Pittsburgh) led off the inning with a walk and later advanced to second and then third on wild pitches. With two outs and the game on the line DH Chris Perez (Grambling St) came up to bat. Perez used his keen eye to work a full count and then drove in McAllister with a single to tie the game. RHP Bryan Quillens (Eastern Kentucky) came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth for the Grays and quickly retired the side.
Offense was scarce in the 10th inning as there was only one hit between the two teams. In the top of the 11th the Grays offense stalled again producing three quick outs. The Riverdogs took advantage of the Grays lack of offensive output by scoring a run in the bottom of the 11th and ending the game.
As the first game took so long to play it was decided that game two would only be a seven-inning game. However, the game was suspended in the fifth inning due to a curfew at the Academy – field lights need to be turned off by 11:00PM. The game will resume where it left off the next time the Grays and Riverdogs meet with the Riverdogs leading 5-0.
In addition to Dalke’s impressive outing, Briggs impressed going three for five with a walk and a run scored. 1B Tyler Thomas (Shepherd U) also had a big game going three for four with a walk.
Next up the Grays will go on the road Thursday to take on the Alexandria Aces. RHP David Giusti (Lafayette) will be on the mound for the Grays. Giusti is 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA and 16 Ks in 21.2 innings pitched. The Grays will look to get back in the win column and climb back in to the playoff picture prior to the all-star break.