GAME RECAP (Grays vs Redbirds ) 7-3-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press: Josh Shelton
The bats were hot Sunday, but for the wrong team. The DC Grays fell to the league leading Baltimore Redbirds 12-4, moving the Grays record to 9-16. After their fifth straight loss, the Grays are now 8.5 games back in the Ripken League south division and have lost nine of their last 10 games.
The Redbirds got started early scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Starter Jake Josephs (Old Dominion) gave up nine runs (five earned) and gave up all but two of the Redbirds 11 hits. It was Josephs’ first loss of the season and the first time he had given up more than three earned runs in a game.
The offensive woes continued for the Grays lineup, scoring only four runs, while stranding 14 men on base. In their last three games, opponents have outscored the Grays 16-6. The only offense for DC came in the seventh and ninth innings, but the Grays didn’t have enough firepower to challenge the class of the Ripken League. The four RBIs from the Grays all came from the bottom of the order with RF Vinnie Catanza (Florida Tech) leading the way with two RBIs. Catanza made his first start in two weeks after being sidelined by an ankle injury.
The Grays have the Fourth of July off and then return to action Tuesday as they look to turn it around against the Gaithersburg Giants. Game starts at 7:00pm at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.
GAME RECAP (Grays at Giants) 7/3/16 By: DCGrays.com Press: Blane Crouse
The Grays were held to only five hits in Friday night’s 3-2 loss to the Gaithersburg Giants. The loss gives the Grays a record of 9-15. The Grays sit in last place in the CRCBL South Division.
RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson (Harvard) pitched 6.2 strong innings allowing only 8 hits and 2 runs. RHP Matthew Dalke (SE Louisiana) was assessed with the loss after pitching 1.1 innings and allowing one earned run.
The Grays started off strong as RF Lamar Briggs (Jackson St) led off the game with a home run. The Grays homered again in the top of the sixth as 1B Tyler Thomas (Shepherd) hit one deep for his first home run of the season.
In the bottom of the seventh inning the Giants tied the game at two and the Grays lead was gone for the night. In the bottom of the ninth the Giants scored the final run of the game on a throwing error by the Grays.
Outside of Briggs and Thomas there was not much offensive production. SS Garrett Hudson (Virginia Tech), CF Jawan McAllister (Pittsburgh), and 3B Marques Inman (West Virginia) all contributed with one hit a piece.
Next up for the Grays will be the Baltimore Redbirds who will visit DC on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00PM and RHP Jake Josephs (Old Dominion) will be on the mound as the Grays look to halt their four game losing streak.
GAME RECAP (Grays vs Big Train) 7-1-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press: Josh Shelton
With rain shortening the double header to a single, seven inning game, the DC Grays dropped their third straight game on Friday at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy. It was a hard fought 1-0 loss against the Ripken Leaders South leaders, Bethesda Big Train.
Starter Jake Erikson (San Diego St.) was almost flawless in a start that was cut short by a weather delay.
Erikson pitched four innings and was given the loss despite not giving up an earned run. He didn’t have any offensive support behind him. Grays batters recorded only two hits throughout the game. Erikson is likely to make the start next Friday against Big Train.
C Evan Pace (Southeastern Louisiana) and 3B Marques Inman (West Virginia) were the only two Grays batters to get a hit. They were both singles in the same inning and they were both left stranded.
The Grays travel to Gaithersburg to take on the Giants Saturday night at 7:00pm, looking to end a three game losing streak.
GAMES PREVIEW (Grays vs Big Train) 7-1-2016
By DCGrays.com Press
In game 1 of tonight’s double header at home, the Grays(9-13) face division rivals the Bethesda Big Train(14-7) who the Grays have loss to twice so far this season. Starting on the mound for the Grays in game 1 will be Jacob Erikson (San Diego State). Arguably the number 1 starter for the Grays currently sits at a 2-1 record with a low ERA of 1.21. His first two starts resulted in 2 complete game wins. His last outing versus the Baltimore Redbirds back on June 25 resulted in a loss for Erikson, but not after giving another quality start in which he pitched a solid 8.1 inings that night. The Grays eventually loss on a walk-off squeeze bunt 4-3 that night. “He has been the work hoarse for us so far and he leaves everything on the field,” said Grays GM Antonio Scott.
In game 2 of tonight’s double header Simon Rosenblum-Larson (Lafayette) will take the mound to start the game. This will be his third start against the Big Train this season and he hopes that the third time can be the charm for him. His last outing on June 24 versus the Herndon Braves did not go so well as the Grays lost 5-0 after being no-hit by a collective effort from the Braves pitching staff that night. “We know the kid has good stuff and gives us a chance to win. Tonight we expect just that from him,” said Grays Manager Reggie Terry.
GAME 1 First pitch is scheduled for 5p
Game 2 First pitch is scheduled for 7:30p
Come out and join us at the home of the DC Grays, the Washington Nationals Youth Academy (3675 Ely Place SE, Washington DC)
GAME RECAP (Grays vs Express ) 6-30-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press: Blane Crouse
The DC Grays fell to the Rockville Express by a score of 9-7 onThursday night. The Grays fall to 9-13 on the season and remain in fourth place in the Ripken League South Division.
The game was scoreless until the top of the third when theExpress scored three runs. The Grays added a run in the bottom of the third when DH Marques Inman (West Virginia) doubled to score 1B Tyler Thomas (Shepherd) who had singled earlier in the inning. The Express’ offense explodedin the top of the fourth for four more runs bringing the score to 7-1. 3B ZachMcCrum (Eastern Kentucky) homered in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-2.
In the top of the sixth, the Express added another run. With the Grays badly needing a spark, McCrum hit his second home run of the day and his third in the past two days. His second homer was a two-run shot that scored C Evan Pace (SE Louisiana) who had been hit by apitch earlier in the inning.
Following McCrum’s second home run, he came into pitchin the top of the seventh, recording a one two three inning. The Express added one more run in the top of the eighth off of McCrum (the only run he would allow)and extended their lead to 9-4.
Suddenly, the Grays mounted a rally. Thomas grounded out to start the inning, but 2B Eric Sloper (Shepherd) singled. RF Lamar Briggs (Jackson St) fought hard in an eight-pitch at bat and eventually came through with a key triple, scoring Sloper. Next up, CF Jawan McAllister (Pittsburgh) grinded out an infield single and 3B Chris Perez (Grambling State) walked to load the bases. Pace struck out for the second out of the inning, but LF Luke Robinson (Lafayette) came through with a big double to score Briggs and McAllister and make the score 9-7. SS GarrettHudson (Virginia Tech) walked to load the bases for McCrum. With the Grays trailing by two they had an opportunity to tie or win the game, but ultimately they fell short asMcCrum struck out.
LHP Bo Burrup was charged with the loss even though he allowed no earned runs over five innings. McCrum pitched three innings in relief,allowing only one hit and one earned run while striking out two. Robinson went one for four with a walk and two key RBIs. Briggs contributed a hit,a run, a RBI and a walk as well.
Next up the Grays will take on the Bethesda Big Train in a double-header at the Nationals Youth Academy on Friday. Bathe first game starts at 5:00. LHPJacob Erikson (San Diego St) and RHP Simon Rosenblum-Larson (Harvard) will getthe starts for the Grays.
GAME RECAP (Grays at T-Bolts) 6-29-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press: Josh Shelton
After leading the Silver Spring-Tacoma Thunder Bolts 9-2 at one point Wednesday night, the DC Grays fell 13-12 on the road after surrendering a ninth inning three run home run. With the loss, the Grays stay in fourth place in the Ripken League South division, four and a half games back from the leading Bethesda Big Train. Their 9-12 record puts them in seventh place in the league overall.
The offense was hot for the Grays, as they got 12 runs on 17 hits. Five of those runs came in the second inning. SS Garrett Hudson (Virginia Tech) continued to impress, going three for six with three RBIs and two runs scored. Hudson and DH Zach McCrum (Eastern Kentucky) both had two run homers that helped get the Grays to a 12-10 lead.
The pitching, however, was spotty at best giving up 13 runs (10 earned) over the course of the game. Starter David Giusti (Lafayette) struggled, allowing four earned runs (seven total), while walking three and striking out four T-Bolt batters. LHP Marlon Pruitt (Grambling St.) allowed the walk off, three-run home run to pinch hitter Nick Cieri, giving the Grays their twelfth loss of the season. In between, Scotty Bean (Slippery Rock) and Trey Congleton (Fairleigh Dickinson) also had less than their best stuff.
The Grays return home to face off against the Rockville Express (5-15) Thursday night at the Nationals Youth Academy. The Grays look to get back in the win column and work their way back into first place like they were just a week ago.
GAME PREVIEW (Grays vs Express) 6-30-2016
By: DCGrays.com Press
After a deflating loss to the Silver Spring/Takoma Thunderbolts in walk-off HR fashion last night, the Grays (9-12) finally return home to face the Rockville Express(5-15) tonight 7p. The past week of games for the Grays away from home has been one that they hope to forget ASAP.
The Grays look to get on the winning track again with Bo Burrup (BYU) on the mound as tonight’s starting pitcher.
First pitch scheduled for 7p at the home of the Grays, the Washington Nationals Youth Academy (3675 Ely Place SE, Washington, DC)
By DCGrays.com Press (6-28-2016)
Team partners with USO, MLB Players Association for clinic at Andrews AFB
The DC Grays hosted a clinic for 132 children from military families across the region Tuesday, working with the USO and the Major League Baseball Players Association to provide a day of baseball and softball fun on the ballfields of Andrews Air Force Base. Six members of the Washington Nationals joined in the fun – including new Nats manager Dusty Baker. The Nationals, who took part in the clinic as part of the MLBPA’s Players Trust City Clinic program, took photos, signed autographs and answered questions from the campers. In addition to Baker, Nationals coach Jacque Jones and Nationals players Clint Robinson, Blake Treinen, Sammy Solis and Ben Revere participated.
Colonel Bradley T. Hoagland, the Commander of the 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews, welcomed everyone to the base and discussed a little bit about Andrews AFB and its historic significance as the home of Air Force One. The campers were divided into groups based on age, and several stations were set up over two softball fields and in the adjacent batting cages. Grays players provided instruction, along with Nationals players.
The campers were also treated to a pizza lunch, served by DC Grays players. They received free Rawlings baseball gloves from the MLBPA and commemorative tote bags from the USO.
Kevin McGuiness, Chief Operating Officer of the MLBPA and a former founding board member of the Dc Grays, was in attendance, along with former Major Leaguer and baseball Olympian Jeffrey Hammond. Hammonds oversees youth baseball development for the MLBPA.
GAME PREVIEW (Grays at Thunderbolt) 6-29-2016
By: DC Grays.com Press
The Grays(9-11) are on the road to face the Silver Spring/Takoma Thunderbolts(11-9) tonight to start the unofficial second half of the season. The team looks to turn around a roller coaster ride of a first half that showed both the good and bad side of the Grays.
David Giusti (Lafayette) starts on the mound for the Grays tonight and makes his forth start of the season. Giusti currently sits at 2-0 with a solid ERA of 3.24. As he looks to get his third win of the season, the Grays are confident that the second half will be more productive and bring more wins for the team as well. “Once this team stops the mental mistakes, we can beat anybody” said Manager Reggie Terry. “Giusti has the type of workhorse ethic can help lead us along the way!”
Tonight’s game has a start time of 7pm Blair Stadium at Montgomery Blair High School (51 University Boulevard East, Silver Spring, MD 20901) which is the home field for Silver Spring/Takoma
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.