The Alexandria Aces (27-12) travel to Rockville on Friday for their final game of the regular season. The Rockville Express (15-24) are coming off a marathon of a game on Thursday, a contest that they eventually won on a walk-off in the 16th inning. The Aces enter Friday’s game having lost two in a row and six of their last ten games. The Express have been eliminated from playoff contention, and the Aces are locked in to the third overall seed, so just like Thursday, the only thing the Aces are playing for is that 28th win that would give them the organization’s all-time record. This is the final tune-up before Sunday’s wild card game, and right this second, it appears the Aces will likely be playing the Loudoun Riverdogs.
Making his first start for the Aces will be Dustin Lander (Charleston Southern). He has made 13 appearances out of the bullpen and has a 3-1 record with a 5.19 ERA. His longest outing of the year came on July 8th when he threw three and two-thirds innings against the Baltimore Dodgers. Lander has faced the Express once – back on June 28th he threw one inning and gave up one run on one hit while striking out one and walking a batter.
Starting for the Express will be Cesar Capellan. He has had a very solid year for the Express, even earning a spot on the North division’s All Star team. Over the course of the season, he has appeared in eight games and started four of them, and has a 2-2 record with a 3.41 ERA, and this will be his first time pitching against the Aces. Capellan has been known to work deep into games this year, throwing eight innings, seven innings, and six and a third over three consecutive starts earlier in the year.
This will be a good test for Alexandria to see if they can get their bats going again before Sunday. If you can’t make it to Rockville for the game, which starts at 7:00, it will be on Aces Radio or you can follow along on the Aces on Twitter at @Alexandria_Aces.
Written by: Paul Fritschner