GAME RECAP (Grays at Aces) 6-26-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press: Josh Shelton
The DC Grays’ lost weekend was completed Sunday evening, when the Grays dropped both games of a doubleheader at Frank Mann Field against the Alexandria Aces Sunday. The final scores were 4-1 and 6-5, the fourth and fifth straight losses for DC. The Grays record plummeted to 8-11 along with their place in the division, as they fell back to fourth place.
When one aspect of the Grays’ game excelled, another would invariably suffer.
In the opener, the pitching kept the game within reach, but the Grays could only generate a single run. Starter Evan Jordan (Southeastern Louisiana) only allowed two earned runs (four in total) over six innings of the seven inning game, while recording five strikeouts. The only Grays offense, however, came from 1B Drake Hollingsworth’s (Alabama-Huntsville) RBI grounder that scored C Evan Pace (Southeastern Louisiana).
After switching the line-up for game two, the DC offense was sparked by a newcomer. In his first Grays at-bat, SS Garret Hudson (Virginia Tech) crushed a two-RBI double off the fence to score DH Marques Inman (West Virginia) and Pace in the top of the first. In the second, 2B Lamar Briggs (Jackson St.) singled to drive in LF Luke Robinson (Lafayette) to put the Grays up 4-0. Even after game two starter Matthew Dalke (Southeastern Louisiana) gave up three runs in the second inning, the Grays offense bounced back with a Pace solo shot to make the game 5-3 heading into the final inning.
That’s where the wheels fell off for the pitching staff. Second-year Gray Marlon Pruitt (Grambling St.) and reliever Bryan Quillens (Eastern Kentucky) couldn’t hold the lead in the seventh, and the Aces notched their second victory of the day.
The Grays stay on the road Monday as they travel to Baltimore to take on the struggling Dodgers. The Dodgers and the Grays both look to end long losing streaks with a win Monday night at 7pm at Joe Cannon Field.