July 19, 2019 | by: DCGrays.com Press

SILVER SPRING, MD – – In the scorching heat and humidity, the DC Grays looked to cool off the red hot took Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts in Silver Spring on Friday.  However. After squandering a late lead the Grays lost their fifth straight game – this time by a score of 9-7. They are now 16-19 on the season, three games behind the T-Bolts for second place.

The Grays offense started hot, scoring four to kick off the game. The Grays’ hitters did their job, scoring seven runs on 10 hits, adding four walks and leaving seven on base. LF Noah Searcy (Georgia Southern) lead the slugging, going four-for-five with an RBI and a pair of runs scored, an outburst that sets his average at .355. 2B Bryan Call (BYU) went two-for-three with a pair of walks, an RBI, and a run scored.

The Grays’ pitching staff didn’t bring its best stuff on Friday, as they surrendered nine runs on 11 hits. One positive takeaway was the walks allowed by Grays pitchers were limited. The most notable pitching performance of the night came from P Jacob Hardney (Marymount U) who tossed two innings, conceding one run on two hits, and throwing 19 strikes in 25 pitches. The T-Bolts scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 9-7 lead, and the Grays couldn’t answer.  It was a in a must-win situation where DC is still battling for that second playoff seed.

The Grays won’t play on Saturday due to extreme heat, but they return to the Nationals Youth Academy on Sunday to face the Alexandria Aces at 7:00pm.  The Grays will look to end their five game losing skid against the sixth place Aces, in front of their great host families.  Sunday night is the Grays’ annual Salute Host Families Night.