The Aces came in to tonight’s game after a much needed night off, and a letdown in Baltimore. Errors cost the Aces a chance at a double header sweep, and they hoped to have a clean game in their return home to Frank Mann.
The Aces sent Jake Wersinger (Wilmington) to the mound in his fourth start of the season, and he was good against the DC Grays. After getting around a run in the first inning, Jake was able to keep the Grays off the scoreboard over his final four innings of work. His final total for the night was five innings with one run on three hits while striking out four.
On offense it seems DeSilva has finally found his right mix in the lineup, as the players on the field have begun to remain the same over the past few games. Brett Netzer (UNC Charlotte) has been the constant all season, Malcolm Nachmanoff (Stony Brook) has been a pleasant surprise of late, and newcomer Mike Marcinko (Shippensburg) has been right at home hitting .429 with the Aces since arriving.
The Aces got on the board in second to tie the game at one on a Netzer sac fly to score Nachmanoff. The Aces stayed silent until the fifth when RBI singles from Marcinko and Nachmanoff gave the Aces a 3-1 lead. The errors returned in the sixth as Trevor Eulenbach (Texas Tech) came on for the Aces and surrendered two unearned runs on three Aces errors. This then tied the game at three apiece.
All went silent until the ninth when the DC Grays were able to take a 4-3 lead on another unearned run. It appeared the Aces were going to come back as they put runners on first and second with no one out. A Danny Pardo (Campbell) sacrifice moved the runners over, and Brett Netzer was only 180 feet from winning the game. Mike Marcinko loaded the bases with a walk, and it was up to Tad Sobieszczanski (Hillsdale) to push them across. He was unable to make contact as he went down swinging, which meant it was up to Jake Kennedy (Shippensburg) with two outs and the bases loaded, but he flew out to center to end the game.
Player Of The Game
Tonight’s player of the game is Mike Marcinko. The newest ace had quite a game with four outs in the field while going 3-4 with a walk and an RBI.
The Aces stay home tomorrow for a double header with the Gaithersburg Giants at 5 PM. These games are weather impending as there is a storm on the horizon.
The Aces head back home tonight to Frank Mann Field to face the D.C. Grays after splitting a double header against the Dodgers on Wednesday and a day off yesterday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. and fans who cannot attend the game can follow the action on Twitter or tune in to Aces Radio.
Alexandria travelled to Baltimore in hopes of extending the win streak past two games in the first double header of the season. The Aces were able to pull out a 4-3 win in the first of the two games behind strong relief pitching from Kyle Menchaca (Wilmington). The second game, the Aces were error plagued and gave up five runs with only one of them earned. The Aces fell 5-3 in the second game, keeping them below .500 and moving them back down into 4th place in the division.
D.C. comes to Alexandria in last place in the South division with the Aces just one spot ahead. Only three games separate the last place Grays and the second place Riverdogs. As has been the case all season long, the second through fifth places in the division are up for grabs. The Big Train have first place locked down, but the rest of the season will see a great deal of shifting between the other four teams.
The Aces (7-9) and Grays (7-12) have split the season series in two previous games. Alexandria began the season at Barcroft Park with a 12-1 win over D.C., the biggest winning margin of the season. The Aces then dropped the second matchup 4-0 when they travelled to Anacostia on June 15th.
Jake Wersinger is the Aces probable pitcher against the Grays tonight. Wersinger (Wilmington) has a 1-2 record and a 3.21 ERA through 14 innings pitched across three starts. He picked up his first win in his most recent start, a 9-2 home win over the Rockville Express. Wersinger has given up 16 hits in three appearances, but has only conceded five earned runs. He has tallied nine strikeouts compared to just two walks.
Zack Irwin is expected to take the mound for the D.C. Grays tonight. The junior LHP from Madison, Mississippi comes in with an 0-2 record and a 5.40 ERA over 15 innings pitched. Irwin has made six appearances this season, with the longest being six innings. Irwin has given up 18 hits and nine ER, but has struck out 17 batters and walked six.
The Aces will be home for six of the next seven games, including a recently added game against the Big Train on Tuesday, June 30th. Come out and cheer the Aces to a victory!
With the possibility of .500 on the horizon after tonight’s games, the Aces looked to prove themselves worthy of that playoff bid in the future. The Aces traveled to Baltimore to take on the Dodgers franchise in a Wednesday night double-header. Both games were seven innings instead of the traditional nine due to timing complications.
The Aces sent Nick DiEva (Stony Brook) to the mound on the road to try and get the victory in game one. In the top half of the first Brett Netzer (UNC Charlotte) singled after a Danny Pardo (Campbell) leadoff walk to put Aces on the corners. Mike Marcinko (Shippensburg) then hit a sac fly to score Pardo to give the Aces a 1-0 heading to the bottom half of the first inning.
DiEva started out well and pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the first to keep the lead at 1-0. The Aces went silent for the next six innings as they were unable to create any chances against Dodgers starting pitcher Brian Bauk. DiEva continued to look sharp until the fourth inning when a leadoff double, a stolen base, and a single lead to the game being tied at 1-1. An error on a potential inning ending double play ball nearly cost the Aces, but DiEva was able to work around it and keep the game tied.
In the fifth inning Aces reliever Kyle Menchaca (Wilmington) took over for DiEva and he was sharp. Menchaca threw three shutout innings with two strikeouts to keep the game tied at one and head to extras. In the top of the eighth the Aces took a 2-1 lead on a Griffin Harms (Wayne St) RBI single. The Aces then scored two more on an error by the Dodgers to take a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom half of the inning.
The Aces turned to closer Joe Smidt (Nebraska Kearney) to try and record a save in game one. It wasn’t pretty as Smidt allowed two runs on three hits, but it got the job done. The Aces therefore moved themselves within one game of .500 for the first time since they were 1-1.
In game two the Aces sent Wade McNabb (Stetson) to the mound for his first start of the season. Game two started like game one; the Aces scored in the first. Netzer leadoff the game with a single and Ryan McMillen (Shippensburg) followed that up with a walk. After the next two batters were unable to advance the runners, Mike Marcinko (Shippensburg) hit a two out double to score both runners and give the Aces the lead.
McNabb was solid in his spot start as he went on to pitch three innings of baseball while allowing two unearned runs. His line for the night was three innings, two unearned runs on five hits with three strikeouts. The Dodgers scored two unearned runs in the third inning on two Aces errors that then tied the game at two runs apiece.
Billy Lescher (Penn) took over in the fourth inning for McNabb. After two quick outs it appeared a 1-2-3 inning was in order, but an unlucky bounce off the first base bag allowed the runner to advance to second. He then scored on a base hit to right field to give the Dodgers the lead. Fortunately for the Aces, the runner was thrown out trying to advance to second to end the inning trailing 3-2.
The Aces remained quiet for the fifth and sixth innings on offense, and it appeared they were going to head the seventh trailing 3-2, but an error with two outs in the inning allowed two runners to score giving the Dodgers a 5-2 lead heading to the final inning.
An Aces rally scored one run, but that was all as they dropped the second game of the double header 5-3. Errors were the key in this game as four of the five runs the Dodgers scored were unearned.
Players Of The Game
For game one the clear choice was Kyle Menchaca. He came on in relief to pitch three scoreless innings and earn the win while striking out three. His clutch outing allowed the Aces to earn the extra inning victory in game one of the double header.
For game two Brett Netzer earned the honors with his 2-3 performance at the plate while scoring and driving in a run. Netzer had two of the four Aces hits in the game and was the reason two of the three runs scored. He seems to do it all everyday both at the plate and on the field and is certainly making a case for mid-season Aces MVP and a Cal Ripken League All-Star nod.
The Aces return home Friday for a three games in two days stretch before their showdown with the first place Bethesda Big Train on Sunday night in Bethesda.
The storm clouds rolled in over Frank Mann Field about ten minutes before the scheduled first pitch last night as the Aces were preparing to take on the Gaithersburg Giants. Those clouds then dumped plenty of water on the field, accompanied with enough persistent thunder and lightning to postpone last nights’ matchup.
The Aces were looking to extend its win streak to two games last night but were unable to do so. With the win streak in mind, Alexandria (6-8) will travel to Baltimore tonight to take on the Dodgers (5-10) in the first double header of the season. The first game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 and will be seven innings. The second of the double header, also seven innings, is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. but the start time will depend on the end time of the first game. Aces fans can follow the action on Twitter.
The Aces lead the season series against the Dodgers one game to nothing. Alexandria hosted Baltimore at Frank Mann on June 13 in an 11-1 victory, the second largest margin for the Aces this season.
Nick DiEva is expected to start for the Aces in the first game. DiEva (Stony Brook) has had two appearances, one start and one relief assignment, both of which have been against the Braves. He will come into this second start of the season with a 1-0 record and a 0.00 ERA. DiEva has pitched eight innings over his two appearances with six hits given up, eight Ks and only one walk.
Harold Myles is scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers against DiEva. Myles, a junior at Southern U A, will pick up his first start of the season against the Aces. Myles has a 4.35 ERA through ten and one-thirds innings pitched. He has given up five earned runs on 13 hits, but has struck out 14 batters and walked five.
Wade McNabb will take the mound for the second game in the double header. The senior RHP out of Stetson U will get his sixth appearance of the season and his first start. McNabb has thrown one inning in each of his five outings, giving up only one hit and no runs. McNabb, with six Ks and four walks, will try to insert himself into the Aces rotation as Coach DeSilva is still looking for one or two more starters.
McNabb will face off against Brian Bauk. Bauk (Appalachian State) has 9.1 IP across two games, with a 0-1 record and a 7.71 ERA. His loss came against the Redbirds on June 12th, and his win came in D.C. against the Grays on June 18th. Bauk has given up eight runs, all earned, on 12 hits, but has struck out eight batters and only walked one.
After the double header, the Aces will take the day off on Thursday and return home to Frank Mann on Friday to face the D.C. Grays.
The Aces bounced back from a 6-1 loss to the Thunderbolts on Sunday night and responded with a 7-2 win over the visiting Herndon Braves at Frank Mann Field last night.
The keys to the win were the same last night as they have been all season long. Strong pitching from Gabe Mosser (Shippensburg) was backed up by an offensively heavy 3rd inning when the Aces scored five runs. This season, the Aces have had success when the starting pitchers get help from the Aces bats and the same was true last night.
Alexandria looks to continue the win streak tonight against the Gaithersburg Giants in the third game of a three game home stand. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Fans who cannot attend the game can follow the Aces Twitter account or listen to Aces Radio.
The Aces (6-8) have already faced the Giants (4-11) once this season, falling 2-1 in Gaithersburg and giving the Giants their first win of the season.
Wade McNabb is the Aces probable pitcher tonight. McNabb (Stetson U) has pitched five innings in as many appearances typically in the later innings of a game. The senior RHP will get his first start of the season tonight against a Giants team that struggled early but has won three straight. McNabb has given up one hit and no runs in his five innings, striking out six and walking four along the way.
Ryan Selmer is expected to take the mound for the Giants tonight in his second start of the season. The junior from the University of Maryland College Park has thrown eight and two-thirds innings for Gaithersburg in three appearances. His first start was in a 4-3 loss to the South division-leading Big Train. Selmer has 8 Ks and 3 walks and has given up two earned runs on five hits.
The Aces still have seven of the next 11 games at home. That stretch could be a great opportunity for Alexandria to ride the wave of home support and start a winning streak. Come out and cheer the Aces to victory!