THOMPSON DAZZLES IN BLUE CRABS WIN
Blue Crabs Extend Winning Streak to Three Against Barnstormers
(Waldorf, MD., May 24, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (16-17) took game three of their four-game set against the visiting Lancaster Barnstormers (18-15) 2-0, extending their winning streak to three games on the homestand.
The action came early in this game, as the Blue Crabs offense appeared ready to explode again, putting up two runs on four hits in the first inning. Back-to-back hits from Edwin Garcia and Michael Snyder put runners on second and third for Zach Wilson. With just one out in the inning, Wilson hit a fly ball deep to center field, allowing Garcia to score the game’s first run. Cory Vaughn followed with a double, allowing Snyder to cruise in for the second run of the inning. The Blue Crabs threatened again in the second inning, loading the bases with nobody out. Lewis worked out of the jam, getting a shallow fly ball for the first out, and then throwing a 4-6-3 double play to strand everyone, holding the Barnstormers deficit to 2-0.
Pitching took over from there, as Daryl Thompson (3-2) for the Blue Crabs, and Rommie Lewis (2-3) for Lancaster, traded scoreless innings. Thompson glided through his first four innings, giving up just two hits, before trouble hit in the fifth and sixth. The lead-off man, Blake Gailen reached on a single to start the fifth, but was forced out on a fielder’s choice. A Valdimir Frias single put runners on first and second with one out, before a fly ball and a strikeout ended the threat.
The lead-off man reached once again in the sixth for the Barnstormers, with Rico Noel laying down a bunt to start it. After back-to-back strikeouts, an error at third base put runners on the corners for the Barnstormers. Thompson battled with Lancaster’s Blake Gailen at the plate, before forcing a pop-up to shortstop for the third out, maintaining a 2-0 Blue Crabs lead.
Southern Maryland couldn’t provide any further insurance for Thompson, as they weren’t able to find a hit in their last three innings at the plate. Thompson was lifted after eight innings of work, giving up just six hits, before turning the ball over to his closer, Cody Eppley (S,10). Eppley worked another scoreless ninth inning, notching his 10th save of the season, and clinching a 2-0 win for the Blue Crabs.
“It feels great to come out and throw that well against a team like Lancaster,” said Thompson. “I’m just glad I was able to put my team in a position to win again. Taking the first three from the division leader’s is always a great feeling and hopefully we can finish a sweep tomorrow night.”
The win improved the Blue Crabs to 16-17 on the season, and brought them to just two games back of the Barnstormers in the Freedom Division standings.
The Blue Crabs return to action Thursday, May 25th for the series finale against the Barnstormers. Southern Maryland will send RHP Drew Hayes (0-1, 6.00 ERA) to the mound, as he looks to finish the sweep. He is set to face Lancaster’s RHP Elih Villaneuva (3-1, 2.39 ERA), facing the Blue Crabs for the first time this season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Thursday at Regency Furniture Stadium.
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