BLUE CRABS SHUTOUT SUGAR LAND IN GAME TWO
Seven Strong Innings from Thompson Evens the Series
(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 10, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (25-23) knocked off the Sugar Land Skeeters (24-25) 4-0, behind seven shutout innings from Daryl Thomspon (4-3).
After two scoreless innings to start the game for each side, Thompson ran into trouble in the third. Wilfredo Rodriguez started the inning with a single for Sugar Land, advancing to third on a double from Josh Prince. With two runners in scoring position and nobody out, Thompson forced a groundout and a pop-out, before a groundball from Kevin Ahrens stranded the pair.
The Blue Crabs took the momentum into the third inning, putting up a run off Sean Gleason (1-4). A one-out double from Michael Snyder started the rally, with Devon Rodriguez tripling two batters later. Southern Maryland added another in the fifth inning, running Gleason from the game in the inning as well. Patrick Palmeiro led-off with a walk, advancing to second two batters later, on a Jose Lozada single. Zach Wilson came through with a two-out single, scoring Palmeiro and putting the Blue Crabs up 2-0.
The Blue Crabs started the sixth inning with a ground-rule double from Cory Vaughn, who was forced out on a fielder’s choice the next batter. Zach Cone picked up a one-out single, putting runners on first and second. A double-steal attempted led to a throwing error from the catcher, scoring Rodriguez to go up 3-0.
Thompson continued to cruise with the lead, as the Blue Crabs added another run in the seventh inning. Edwin Garcia singled with one-out, stealing second to get in scoring position for the middle of the lineup. A single from Wilson and a walk for Snyder loaded the bases with just one out in the inning. Vaughn came through with a sacrifice fly to left field, moving the score to 4-0.
Thompson was lifted after a scoreless seven, giving up just five hits on the evening, for his eighth quality start of the season. Back-to-back 1-2-3 innings from Zack Thornton and Cody Eppley locked in the 4-0 win, evening up the series for the Blue Crabs.
The Blue Crabs return to action Sunday, June 11th for game three on the road against the Skeeters. Southern Maryland will send RHP Drew Hayes (2-1, 3.41) to the mound, looking to take the lead in the six-game series. He will matchup up with Sugar Land’s RHP Michael Nix (4-5, 3.77), who lost in Southern Maryland back on May 2nd. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 P.M. on Friday at Constellation Field.
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