July 12, 2019 | by: DCGrays.com Press

WASHINGTON, DC – – The DC Grays returned from the brief Ripken League All-Star break to face the FCA Braves at the Nationals Youth Academy on Friday and gave one of their most desultory performances of the summer.  Poor starting pitching and lack of timely hitting spelled a 6-4 loss.  The Grays are now 16-16 on the season, tied with the Silver Spring Takoma T-Bolts (14-14) for second place.

The Grays offense started soft, and although they did score four runs, they didn’t capitalize on the many scoring chances.  The most egregious case coming in the sixth, when the Grays failed to score with runners on second and third and no outs to keep the score at 6-4, a failure that would haunt them the rest of the night. A pair of bright spots on offense included 1B Blake Martin (Southern U) and 2B Bryan Call (BYU), both posting a multi-hit performance and registering at least one RBI on the night.

The Grays pitching started out pretty rocky, to say the least, allowing six runs in the first three frames. Then P Jake Lewis (Eastern Kentucky) came in. He allowed only four base runners in five shutout innings and kept the Grays in the game. His role earned him the Player of the Game honors. P Kyle Subers (Lafayette Col) pitched a no-hit ninth inning to keep the Braves lead at two runs. 

The Grays travel to Bethesda on Saturday to take on the league-leading Big Train before four days of rest for the Sunbelt Classic, where the Ripken League will send its best to North Carolina to compete against other summer leagues.