Game 33 Preview: Aces at Big Train

The Alexandria Aces come into this tonight’s matchup at the Bethesda Big Train with a 25-7 record after defeating the Grays 8-7.  The Big Train come in after sweeping a double header against the Dodgers and trail the Aces by one game in the division.  The Big Train have won the last two meeting between the two teams, but the Aces have won the only meeting at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda.

This game represents a chance for the Big Train to tie the Aces for first, which hasn’t been done since very early in the season.  For the Aces with a win today they can still get a winning record against the Big Train, which would shift a potential tie breaker to the Aces favor.  After this meeting the Big Train will come to Frank Mann Field for the Aces final regular season home game. 

The Aces will start Matt Brooks (UNC Charlotte) in the game; Brooks will be making his first start of the season, but he has made three appearances out of the bullpen and put together a 3.60 ERA allowing 5 hits. 1 walk, and 9 strikeouts in 5 innings of work.  He has thrown 1.2 innings against the Big Train and allowed 1 run on 3 hits and struck out 2.

For the Big Train Blake Sanderson gets the start, which will be his 6th on the season.  He has put together a 4.82 ERA in 18.2 innings of work allowing 23 hits, 1 walk, and he has struck out 18.  This will be his first time facing the Aces.

Some players to watch on offense for Big Train are James Outman and Logan Driscoll.  Outman has 9 home runs on the season, and Driscoll is the most recent offensive player of the week in the Cal Ripken League

For the Aces Max Schuemann (Eastern Michigan) and Mack Nathanson (Wofford) come in hot.  Nathanson was two for three with two RBIS last night and Schuemann had a four for five day at the plate against the Grays.

First pitch will be at 7:00, and if you can’t make it to Shirley Povich Stadium the action will be on Aces Radio or you can follow along on Twitter at @Alexandria_Aces.

Author: Andrew Walker