Fox Semones (James Madison)
Pitching and defensive woes by the Big Train led to a 10-1 loss to the Baltimore Dodgers on Sunday.
Despite not allowing a hit until the fifth inning, the Big Train issued eight walks and committed two errors to give the Dodgers plenty of baserunners and scoring opportunities.
“Walks, errors and a lack of effort,” manager Sal Colangelo said when asked to pinpoint the source of the Big Train’s struggles. “I don’t know why we’re pressing. We shouldn’t be. Everyone’s playing, they know their role. We’re just not getting it done.”
The Big Train could also not find a groove offensively, scoring one run on four hits. The lone run came in the sixth on a Vinny Esposito (Sacramento State) sac fly, which was just a few feet shy of a grand slam that would have made it a 5-4 game.
Fox Semones (James Madison), starting for the first time since Wednesday, had a nice night at the plate. He collected half of the Big Train’s hits, going 2-for-4 with a double.
The Big Train have a chance to finish this short three-game home stand on a high note tomorrow when they face the Loudoun Riverdogs. Always looking to improve, Colangelo plans to work through the recent issues with his players before the game.
“We’ve just got to play better, we’ve got to get better effort. We’re just going through the motions right now and we’re just [making] stupid mental mistakes. We’re going to come out tomorrow and get some early work, get back to the basics and go from there.”
The first pitch at Povich Field is at 7 pm.