Falling behind early during its 2022 season opener on Tuesday night, the DC Grays showed some early growing pains courtesy of their 12-0 defeat by the Gaithersburg Giants at Criswell Automotive Field.
The Grays were held scoreless for the first time since June 11, 2019, which ended a nearly three-year long streak by three Giants pitchers – Michael Standen, Justin Carden and Caleb Guisewite.
Left fielder Donovan Frayer (Shorter), however, recorded the first hit of the Grays’ season in the second inning, picking up right where he left off in 2021 when he hit .400 (10-for-25) with a pair of homers in the team’s final nine games. He later singled in the fifth inning, finishing the night 2-for-4.
Catcher Logan Scully (George Mason) and designated hitter Brian Depman (Georgetown) recorded the other two hits for the Grays. Depman singled in the top of the third with the score still tied at 0.
Once the Grays fell behind 5-0, Frayer and Scully attempted to start a rally when the two reached on back-to-back singles to open the fifth inning. After a pop out, the inning was short-lived when the two were erased on a 1-4-3 double play.
The night didn’t go any smoother for the Grays, who yielded seven more runs in the final three innings to fall in the seven-inning shortened game.
The Grays will look to rebound during their home opener on Wednesday evening at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy. The Alexandria Aces come to town with first pitch set for 7:00 p.m.