Game 13 Preview: Aces v. Big Train

The Aces will return home tonight to take on the Bethesda Big Train in a Cal Ripken South division showdown. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m at Frank Mann Field. Fans who cannot attend the game can follow along on Twitter or listen to the game on Aces Radio.

Alexandria (4-6) will face the Big Train (11-2) with more momentum on its side than at any other point this season. After picking up a much-needed win on Tuesday night against the Herndon Braves, the Aces went to Vienna last night to play the Riverdogs. The Aces scored early and often with Danny Pardo and Jake Kennedy both hitting home runs. Alexandria led the Riverdogs 8-3 before the game was suspended due to rain.

Bethesda comes to Frank Mann as the best team in the South and tied for first in the Cal Ripken League. The Big Train are on a four-game winning streak with all of those games at home. Bethesda’s last loss was on Saturday, a 3-1 loss to the T-Bolts in a double header.

Jake Wersinger will get his third start of the season tonight against the Big Train. Wersinger (Wilmington U) will take the mound with an 0-2 record and a 4.00 ERA through nine innings pitched. Both of Wersinger’s losses have been close, a 3-2 loss at Herndon and a 4-2 loss to Vienna at home. He has struck out two batters and walked one of the 40 he has faced and has given up 12 hits.

The Big Train will start Drew Strotman. Strotman (St. Mary’s College) has a 1-1 record and a 0.90 ERA with 10 innings pitched. The sophomore RHP has only allowed one earned run in his two appearances. Strotman has nine Ks and two walks and has only given up six hits. Tonight will be his first action against the Aces.

The last time these two teams met was on June 7th in Bethesda. The Big Train held the Aces scoreless and came away with a 2-0 win. The Aces have shown, however, that the offense might finally be clicking after scoring five runs against the Braves and putting up eight runs in five innings last night before the game was suspended.