GAME RECAP (Grays vs. Giants 6-13-2016)
DCGrays.com Press: Blane Crouse @bcrouse_6
The DC Grays topped the Gaithersburg Giants in extra innings 13-9 on Monday night in Gaithersburg. The victory was the second straight for the Grays bringing their record to 3-4 on the young season. The Grays now sit in fourth place in the South Division standings but are only two games out of first place.
The Giants struck first with a five run first inning off Grays starter Bo Burrup (BYU), putting DC in an early hole. In the top of the second inning the Grays began to chip away at the Giants’ lead as 3B Marques Inman (West Virginia) singled and eventually scored on a balk, and RF Khevin Brewer (Rice) singled and later scored on a double-play grounder by SS Chris Perez (Grambling). Later in the inning, 2B Parker Farley (Alabama-Huntsville) singled to right field, scoring C Lucas Martinez (Cal. State-San Bernardino), who had reached on a walk.
At the end of four innings, the Grays trailed 7-3 and looked to rally. They did just that in the top of the fifth, cutting the Giants lead to one with RBIs from LF Jawan McAllister (Pittsburgh) and DH Drake Hollingsworth (Alabama-Huntsville).
The Grays took their first lead of the game in the top of the eighth inning on a RBI triple from CF Denz’l Chapman (San Diego State). The lead wouldn’t last long, as the Giants tied the game in the bottom of the eighth. After a scoreless night the game headed to extra innings.
In the top of the tenth the Grays exploded for four runs as OF Luke Robinson (Lafayette) scored on a throwing error and McAllister, Hollingsworth and Inman all drove in key runs.
Pitcher Jake Josephs (Old Dominion) then quickly retired all three Giants batters in the bottom of the tenth to secure the win.
Josephs (1-0) pitched solid baseball in relief of Burrup. He went seven innings, allowing only three earned runs, striking out seven Giants batters and notching the victory.
McAllister went three for six with three RBIs and three runs scored in an impressive outing. Farley and Chapman also drove in two runs.
Today, the Grays will have an off day as they get a much needed day to rest and recharge for their home matchup with the Baltimore Redbirds (5-2) on Wednesday night at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.