WP: D. Thompson (2-1), LP: K. Loe (0-2), SV: E. Hamren (19), TIME: 3:06
(Bridgeport, CT. July 1, 2015)—It was a celebratory
day for the Blue Crabs, who earlier in the day clinched the Freedom Division
and secured a playoff spot, defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 5-4 in game two of
the day-night doubleheader.
Both teams were held scoreless for the first five innings
until Southern Maryland cracked the scoreboard in the top of the sixth.
With one out, Anthony Vega singled, followed by a Fred Lewis single to put
runners at the corners. Daryle Ward then came to the plate, and the
veteran came through with a two run double to score Vega, and Lewis to make it
2-0. Three batters later, with two runners on Casey Stevenson doubled to
score Ward to make it 3-0.
In the top of the seventh, Grant Zawadzki started another
rally with a double, followed by an Anthony Vega single to score Zawadzki to
make it 4-0. Eric Niesen came out of the bullpen, and two batters later,
Daryle Ward singled to put runners at first and third. Gustavo Molina
then singled to score Vega to make it 5-0.
Bridgeport attempted to make a comeback late in the
ballgame. In the bottom of the eight, with a runner at third and two
outs, Jobduan Morales singled to score Josh Prince. The next hitter
Andres Rodriguez singled to score Jonathan Galvez to make it 5-2. Right
hander Cody Eppley came on in relief for Wade Korpi, and surrendered a single
to Matt Burns to score Jobduan Morales to make 5-3.
Things got interesting in the bottom of the ninth.
With runners at second and third for the Bluefish, Jonathan Galvez was at the
plate, and Erik Hamren uncorked a wild pitch to score Josh Prince to make it
5-4. The all-star Hamren struck out Jobduan Morales though to end the
ballgame and give the Blue Crabs the 5-4 win.
The first five hitters of Zawadzki, Vega, Lewis, Ward, and
Molina combined for nine hits. Daryl Thompson picked up the victory,
going six innings, allowing just five hits. Southern Maryland has won
five of their last six, and look to win the final game of the series
tomorrow. The first pitch from Bridgeport is set for 7:05 P.M.