Aces look for second win against Braves
The Aces are coming off their first win of the season on Friday night and will look for their second back at home against the FCA Braves on Saturday.
The Aces offense has broken out after being shut out two straight times earlier in the season. In each of the three games since those two shutouts, the Aces have had at least nine hits and had 12 in their first win against Gaithersburg on Friday.
The top of the order sparked the Aces offense in the win with T.J. McKenzie (Vanderbilt) and Steve Hill (Morehead State) at the forefront.
McKenzie had three hits, including two doubles, scored three runs and stole three bases. Hill hit his first home run for the Aces and had three RBI in the win against the first place Giants.
The Braves come into the game after a high scoring affair of their own. On Friday, the Braves lost 14-10 in Silver Spring. They racked up 10 runs on eight hits, but their pitching wasn’t able to keep the T-Bolts off the board.
In the last meeting between the Braves and Aces, Alexandria lost 7-5. The bullpen gave up runs in each of the last three innings of the game after leading early on.
The Aces got the consistent effort they had been looking for all season on Friday night. Bringing it back home on Saturday would be key towards trying to pick up win number two.
With the recent rainouts, Tyler Briggs (UConn) is slated to get the ball for the Aces. His first start was at Bethesda on June 6th. Briggs lasted four innings and gave up five runs, while striking out five. He struggled with command, which is uncommon for him, so he’ll look to get back on track at home against FCA.
The Braves haven’t announced a starting pitcher yet for Saturday’s game. If they stick to their normal schedule, it will be Mike Smith on the mound. In his only start this year, he went 4.2 innings and gave up four earned runs.
Catch the action with first pitch at 6:30 from Frank Mann Field or listen live on mixlr.com/alexandriaaces.