News Release, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Central Islip, NY – The Blue Crabs lost three games in a row just a couple of days ago, and facing a season determining crisis, they responded with back-to-back wins over the playoff-bound Long Island Ducks, winning tonight 2-1 in extra innings.
It was a slow contest offensively as Daryl Thompson and Joe Iorio battled on the bump. After allowing a hit to the Ducks leadoff man Rey Fuentes in the first inning, Thompson buckled down and didn’t allow another hit until the bottom of the seventh inning in incredible fashion.
After being scratched just before yesterday’s start, Thompson is no longer due for six more starts this season including tonight, rather five starts. Had he started yesterday, he would’ve been in line to break the Atlantic League single-season strikeout record by ten. After missing yesterday’s start and striking out just three today, he is now in line to tie the record.
That being said, the humble Thompson who is not focused on records tossed a gem. The La Plata native who is nearly a shoo-in for Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year honors continued to impress in a historic season, allowing just one Ducks run through eight and two-third innings while allowing just four hits.
The Blue Crabs lone run support in regulation came from Charlie Valerio as he hit a home run for the second game in a row, and his fourth of this road trip.
After Thompson walked a batter with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Mat Latos (W, 4-4) who had better than a 95% save percentage came in and allowed the Ducks to tie the game at 1-1.
In extra innings, Southern Maryland scored a run on a Pedro Beato (L, 3-3) wild pitch. In the bottom of the tenth inning, Latos came back out. With one out and the Blue Crabs infield in on the grass, a soft ground ball was hit to second and Daniel Fields tried going home. Kent Blackstone made a phenomenal play to throw out Fields at home, and Southern Maryland picked up the crucial win. On another note, Daryl Thompson picked up his first no-decision in his last 18 starts, dating back to May 7th.
The Blue Crabs will return home tomorrow, Friday, August 30th for the series opener of a four-game set with the York Revolution, with a 5:05 p.m. first pitch with game two of a doubleheader to follow.
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