Games 34 and 35 Preview: Aces vs Braves

The Alexandria Aces come into this afternoon’s doubleheader against the Herndon Braves with a 25-8 record after falling in heartbreaking fashion to the Bethesda Big Train.  The Braves come in off of a 6-2 loss to the T Bolts.  The last time these two teams met the Aces offense exploded for 15 runs.  The Aces hold a 3-0 season record against the Braves and will be looking for the season sweep.  Both games of the doubleheader will be 7 innings.

This game represents a chance for the Aces to take back sole possession of first place, they are currently tied with the Big Train, but the Big Train have the tie breaker over the Aces.  A sweep of the doubleheader would give the Aces at least a half game lead, no matter what the Big Train do against the DC Grays. 

Neither the Aces nor the Big Train have announced who will be stating the games, but following the rotation the Aces have been using next up would be Cooper Jeffers (High Point) and Alex Garbirck (Morehead St), however with the amount of double headers the Aces have played the Aces could be forced to shake things up in the rotation.  Garbrick has thrown 23.2 innings in 5 starts, and worked to a 2.66 ERA.  Jeffers has thrown 21 innings in 5 starts and worked to a 4.71 ERA.

Some players to watch on offense for Braves are Richard Constantine who is hitting .425 in 87 at bats, and has 5 home runs, and Ciaran Devenney who has 6 home runs and leads the Braves in RBIS.

For the Aces Eli Boggess (Morehead St) and Mack Nathanson (Wofford) come in hot.  Nathanson had a home run in extra innings last night and Boggess knocked in three of the Aces 4 runs before extra innings.

First pitch will be at 4:00, and if you can’t make it to Frank Mann Field the action will be on Aces Radio or you can follow along on Twitter at @Alexandria_Aces.

Author: Andrew Walker