By Rob Stadnik
Bethesda, MD - The Baltimore Dodgers come in to today’s doubleheader with the Bethesda Big Train with a ton of confidence. Not only have the Dodgers won three in a row to put them a game and a half ahead of the Herndon Braves for the first wild card spot, they are 2-0 against the Big Train on the season scoring 10 runs in each game.
Today, the Dodgers will look to continue hitting as they have done in each of their past three wins. After a 10 run outburst against Alexandria at home on Saturday, they posted two consecutive seven run ball games on the road against the Express and Braves combined.
In Game one the Big Train will be sending Tyler Smith (Eastern Carolina) to the hill to try and stop the Dodgers offensive attack. On the season Smith is 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA over 19.2 innings pitched in 6 outings.
Smith’s lone loss on the season came at the expense of the Dodgers June 25th, a game the Dodgers won 10-1. In that game he went 4.2 innings, allowing 5 runs on...
Pitching was optional when the Dodgers and the Aces faced off on Saturday. The teams combined to score 19 times and the Dodgers were able to hold on for the 10-9 victory.
After a scoreless inning and a half, the Dodgers bats sprang into action putting up a seven spot in the bottom of the 2nd. The big hit being a 2 run single by left fielder Brian Tagoe (LaSalle).
After the Dodger bats sprang to life, they were in search of the ever elusive shut down inning. Unfortunately for starting pitcher Kasey Gast (Southeastern) it was not to be. The Aces would answer back in the top of the 3rd with 4 of their own cutting the lead to three.
Good for the Dodgers the bats weren't done, answering right back with three more in the bottom of the inning. this time Joey Ortiz (New Mexico State) was the hero, plating a pair on a double to right. That put the Dodgers back up six at 10-4.
The shutdown inning the Dodgers needed came in the 4th after a leadoff single, Gast got the next three Aces to...
By Connor Newcomb
HANOVER, Md. – The Baltimore Dodgers have played the first-place Alexandria Aces three times this season and lost all three matchups.
However, the Dodgers have played them tough all the three times.
In the first matchup, Baltimore was a strike away from victory until Ray Zuberer’s RBI double tied the game in the ninth, and the Aces scored five in the 10th to take home the win. The second matchup was in Alexandria, and the Dodgers took a 6-4 lead into the seventh inning. However, the Aces scored two in the seventh and two in the eighth to complete the victory.
In the most recent matchup, the Dodgers trailed 3-0 heading into the final frame and got the tying run to the plate before ultimately falling 3-1.
Saturday night, the Dodgers will get their shot to avenge those losses and show that they can beat the best team in the Cal Ripken League.
For the Dodgers to get that victory, they will need a good start from Kasey Gast, who heads to th...