WP: D. Thompson (4-2), LP: T. Gustafson (0-1), SV: E. Hamren (23), TIME: 2:53
(Waldorf, MD August 2, 2015)— Infielder Zach Wilson
continued his torrid pace at the plate, falling a triple shy of the cycle as
the Blue Crabs defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters by the final of 4-2.
Southern Maryland took the lead first for the first time in
the series, pushing a run across in the bottom of the first. Zach Wilson
doubled with two outs, followed by a walk by Jake Opitz. Jovan Rosa then
stepped to the plate and lashed a double to left to score Wilson to make it
1-0. Sugar Land left the bases loaded in the top of the second, but tied
the game in the top of the third on an RBI looping single off the bat of Travis
Scott to score Wallace to tie the game at 1-1.
In the top of the fourth, former Blue Crab Renny Osuna led
off with a single, followed by a single from Denny Almonte. The leadoff
hitter Jeff Dominguez walked to load the bases. Another former Blue Crab
Amadeo Zazueta walked to the dish and hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Osuna to
make it 2-1 Skeeters.
The Blue Crabs managed to tie the game in the bottom of the
fifth. Zach Wilson led things off and ripped a homerun over the wall in
left to tie the game at 2-2. Wilson wasn’t finished yet though as he came
to the plate in the bottom of the sixth with runners at second and third, and
bounced a single through the left side of the infield to score Antone DeJesus
allowing the Blue Crabs to reclaim the lead at 3-2. After the Skeeters
once again left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, Jovan Rosa led off
the bottom of the frame and drove a homerun over the left field wall to give
Southern Maryland the insurance run they needed to make it 4-2.
Erik Hamren came on for the save in the top of the ninth, and
faced some rocky waters. Chris Wallace started things with a walk.
Delwyn Young then ripped a single to right field to put two runners on.
Hamren uncorked a wild pitch to put runners at second and third with nobody
out. Erik buckled down though, and induced a ground out of Travis Scott,
a strikeout of Allan Dykstra, and soft lineout by Patrick Palmerio to end the
ballgame and give the Blue Crabs the 4-2 victory.
While Zach Wilson was the star of the game offensively, Fred
Lewis and Jovan Rosa each had two hits apiece. RHP Daryl Thompson picked
up his fourth win of the season, going six innings, allowing two runs, on
eight hits, and striking out four. Sugar Land left 14 runners on base,
including 10 left in scoring position.
The series finale will take place tomorrow at Regency
Furniture Stadium. The first pitch is set for 7:05. RHP Sean
Gallagher (1-8, 3.48) will take the hill for the Skeeters, while RHP Brian
Baker (5-7, 4.74) will start for Southern Maryland.