By Matthew Peterson
HANOVER, Md. – In a back and forth shootout the Baltimore Dodgers fell to the D.C. Grays 11-9 Friday night at Joe Cannon Stadium.
The Dodgers struck first with two runs in the second inning with Alex Gamache being hit by a pitch with bases loaded, followed by an Alex Taylor being walk two batters later bringing home the second run.
However, that lead was short lived. In the top of the fourth, the Grays were aided by a pair of Dodger errors to get on the board. After DJ Lardge was hit by a pitch, Jahleel Sewer reached base after third baseman Paul Dipino's low throw was unable to be scooped by Paul Nixon at first. A sacrifice bunt moved both players into scoring position. A nother error by Dipino on a Luke burton gound ball would allow Lardge to score from third and Burton to move to second. An errant pick-off attempt at second allowed Burton to move to third as Sewer came in to score. Burton would then score on a sacrifice fly by Michael McIntyre.
D'Mond LaFond relieved William Kirwan for the Dodgers, who went four innings, and allowed four runs on three hits. After the two team exchanged runs in the fifth and sixth innings, the Grays offense exploded for five runs in the seventh. With bases loaded, Dodgers’ pitcher D’Mond LaFond was replaced by Tony Bianchini after he walked back to back battersto start the inning. Add in an error, a few more bases loaded walks, and a sacrifice fly and the Grays jumped out to a 9-3 lead.
That six run lead wouldn’t last long either, as the Dodgers responded with three runs of their own in the bottom half. Trevor Doyle drove in a run on a fielder’s choice at bat with bases loaded to get things started. DiPino and Dairel Torres each chimed in with an RBI to cur the deficit to three. In the bottom of the eighth the Dodgers would come all the way back. Two wild pitches by reliever Nathan Moore, brought home a pair, before a clutch RBI single by Trevor Doyle tied the game.
The seesaw ultimately swung for DC in the top of the ninth. The Grays would reclaim their lead with back to back triples form DJ Lardge and Jahleel Sewer off of reliever Wilhelm Allen. They would add another run on an RBI single off the bat of Evan Baer to cap the scoring.
Wilhelm Allen picked up the loss for the Dodgers, going two innings and allowing two runs on three hits. Nathan Moore is credited with the win and Michael McIntyre recorded save.
The loss drops the Dodgers to 1-2 on the season. They will go on the road to face off against the Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts on June 10.