News Release, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Waldorf, MD – The Blue Crabs have been red hot dating back to just before the All-Star break. Southern Maryland stayed hot today as a four-run outburst in the bottom of the first inning gave the good guys a lead they would never give up. The good guys went on to win by a final score of 4-0, extending an already season-best win streak to six.
After a smooth top of the first from the Blue Crabs starting pitcher, Brandon Cumpton (W, 4-8), Southern Maryland’s bats came alive in their half of the first. Dean Green got the scoring started with an RBI single, driving in Edwin Garcia, and extending Green’s hit streak to nine games. Tony Thomas kept it going with a tape measure home run that cleared the red-roofed clubhouse that sits well beyond the left field mini monster. Thomas drove in a trio of runs with his blast and gave the Blue Crabs a 4-0 advantage through just one inning.
The Lancaster starter, Kyle Davies (L, 4-7) who came into the contest with a 3.38 ERA, settled down after a rocky first frame. Brandon Cumpton kept rolling and came across just one tough inning. The jam came in the fourth when Cumpton allowed the ‘Stormers to load the bases with just one out. Cumpton buckled down in fantastic fashion, striking out back-to-back Barnstormers to retire the side, maintaining a 4-0 Blue Crabs advantage.
The Blue Crabs bullpen also did a terrific job in relief of Brandon Cumpton. Kevin Munson worked a quick 1-2-3 seventh inning, and James Dykstra, Ryan Chaffee, and MLB veteran Mat Latos (S, 9) combined to shut the door in the final innings of the contest on the way to a 4-0 shutout victory while extending their win streak to six, and advancing to 3-0 in the second half.
The Blue Crabs will return home on Friday, July 19th, for a game one of a three-game set with the Sugar Land Skeeters, and a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.
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