Waldorf, MD – August 14, 2019 – Southern Maryland plated six runs in the first two innings of today’s contest, and found a comfortable lead through eight innings. The Sugar Land Skeeters had a fierce comeback effort, but came up just short in a 9-7 Blue Crabs win.
Daryl Thompson (W, 13-6) was in vintage form tonight as he picked up his eleventh win in his last eleven starts. Thompson struck out eight batters in eight innings this evening, to extend his league lead in strikeouts while staying on track to break the Atlantic League strikeout record. He retired the Skeeters on five pitches in the top of the first, and his squad backed him up immediately.
Kent Blackstone and Edwin Garcia each reached base off the Skeeters’ starter Matt Purke (L, 3-7) to lead off the bottom of the first. The three-hole hitter, Josh McAdams followed with a hot-shot line drive triple to right field, plating two runs in the early going.
The scoring poured on in the second. After three straight singles capped off by an RBI base knock from Edwin Garcia, Dean Green sent a moon shot over the right field fence, and a three run home run put Southern Maryland in control by a score of 6-0.
Sugar Land got two runs back in the top of the third on a two run home run from Juan Silverio, and plated another in the fifth when Cody Stanley picked up his fourth hit in nine at bats in the series, driving in Silverio and making it a 6-2 game.
Southern Maryland plated a run in the fifth when Tony Thomas brought a run home on the one month anniversary of stealing first base for the first time in baseball history, and later homered in the bottom of the eighth. Garcia brought home yet another run in the eighth to give the good guys a healthy 9-3 lead.
Southern Maryland survived a scare from the Skeeters in the top of the ninth inning, as Thompson exited the contest in favor of Ryan Chaffee with no outs and runners on the corners. Albert Cordero hit Chaffee’s first pitch out of the ballpark to make the score 9-7. The right-hander settled down and induced a pair of ground outs before Mat Latos (S,17) came in to close the door on a Southern Maryland a 9-7 victory.
The Blue Crabs will return home tomorrow, Wednesday August 14th for game three of a four game set with the Sugar Land Skeeters, and a 6:35 p.m first pitch.
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