News Release, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
High Point, NC. – Following a series opening loss, the Blue Crabs’ bats struck early and often in game two. Unfortunately, the Rockers’ came roaring back after an early Southern Maryland lead, and as the Blue Crabs bats came to an abrupt halt, High Point’s continued. The Rockers would take the series deciding game by a score of 10-4.
The scoring started with three runs in Southern Maryland’s top of the first as the leadoff hitter, Angelys Nina roped a double to kick off the action. Tony Thomas reached on an error one batter later and Frank Martinez followed with a single of his own, bringing Nina home to crack the scoring open. Cory Vaughn and Edwin Garcia kept it going by stringing together a pair of RBI singles, putting the good guys up 3-0 heading into the bottom of the first.
Fresh off a complete game win in which he allowed just two runs, Daryl Thompson (L, 2-2) took the mound for the Blue Crabs and in rare fashion, the right-hander struggled in the early going. The Rockers responded in a big way to the Blue Crabs scoring outburst. A pair of High Point singles led to Dante Bichette Jr. driving in two on an RBI double, and Quincy Lattimore kept the two-out rally alive, poking a single to bring in Bichette Jr. to tie the score at 3-3 after one inning of play.
Daryl had given up just eight earned runs in his last five starts combined, and Thompson hadn’t let up eight runs since 2018, the Crustacean Nation faithful will give him a pass for having an off night every once in a blue moon. Thompson continued to struggle as the game progressed, as the Rockers bats continued in outburst fashion, Southern Maryland’s stopped mid stride. The charge was led in large part by a trio of Rockers, as Breland Almadova, Bitchette Jr., and Lattimore would combine for a total of nine RBI on the evening. The pair would also combine for eight hits, as well as two home runs, one coming in the fifth from Lattimore to make the game 8-3, and the other coming from Almadova to make the score 9-3.
Southern Maryland would end up dropping game two by a score of 10-3. The two meet tomorrow for the series finale, looking to avoid the sweep.
The Blue Crabs hit the road for the next seven days, and will return home next Friday, May 24th, the first game of a seven day, seven game homestand at Regency Furniture Stadium, with the first pitch at 6:35 PM.
High Point, NC. – In the High Point Rockers’ inaugural season, the Blue Crabs first ever series with their Atlantic League foes didn’t go as planned. After dropping the first two games of a three-game series, Southern Maryland clawed back to tie the series finale up, before allowing a Rockers walk-off homerun to give High Point the series sweep, as they’d take game three by a final score of 4-3.
Southern Maryland sent a right-hander in the early conversation for ALPB Pitcher of the Year candidate to the mound, in Craig Stem. Stem, who came into the game top four in the league in ERA, WHIP, and opponents’ batting average against, in rare fashion allowed trio of runs in the early going. The Rockers’ Hector Gomez brought in the first run of the contest on a sacrifice fly that notched the score at 1-0 after an inning played.
The High Point bats rocked on in each of the following innings, tacking on an additional run in both the second and the third. In the second, Brett Austin grounded an RBI single up the middle, and Gomez followed in the third with his second RBI in as many plate appearances, putting the Rockers up 3-0 through one third of a ball game.
The Blue Crabs finally cracked the code that had been the Rockers starter, Tyler Herron, in the top of the sixth inning. Tony Thomas blasted his second home run of the season, bringing Rubi Silva home with him to make the score 3-2. Blue Crabs’ hitting coach/player, Craig Maddox would even the scoring later in the inning by driving in Cory Vaughn, knotting the scoring at three.
The scoring screeched to a halt following the Blue Crabs rebuttal, as the teams would trade scoreless innings through the latter stages. High Point closer Trevor Frank (W, 1-1) shutdown the Blue Crabs in the top of the ninth, and Southern Maryland closer, Mat Latos (L, 0-3) got the call in the bottom of the inning. The Rockers’ Tyler Ladendorf came up to the plate one out away from heading to extra innings, and launched a solo shot home run to left-field to walk off the Blue Crabs. The Rockers completed the series sweep, winning by a final score of 4-3.
The Blue Crabs stay on the road for the next four days, and will return home next Friday, May 24th, the first game of a seven day, seven game homestand at Regency Furniture Stadium, with the first pitch at 6:35 PM.