Blue Crabs Rock High Point in Series Opener
Waldorf, MD - Following a series win over the New Britain Bees, the Blue Crabs sent MLB-veteran Brandon Cumpton (W, 3-6) to the mound to fend off the potent High Point Rockers lineup. While Cumpton allowed 13 baserunners in six innings, he kept the damage to just three runs and earned his third win of the season.
The Rockers offense clicked early, loading the bases with one out in the first inning. Hector Gomez drove in the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly, giving High Point a 1-0 lead. Tyler Herron (L, 1-4), the starting pitcher for the Rockers, struggled in the bottom of the frame. Rubi Silva opened the scoring for Southern Maryland, driving in Kent Blackstone on an RBI double, and Joe Benson kept it going with a triple into left field, scoring Silva. Following yet another Blue Crabs runs, the good guys escaped the first inning holding a 3-1 advantage.
The Rockers battled back in the next two innings. With runners on first and third in the second inning, Myles Schroder lined a single into right field, cutting Southern Maryland's lead to 3-2. The Rockers tied the game at 3-3 in the third inning, when Viosergy Rosa ripped a single into center field.
The score remained tied going into the fifth inning. With two outs, Mike Falsetti walked and Kent Blackstone singled, putting runners on first and second. The next batter, Rubi Silva, drove a double down the left field line, scoring Falsetti and Blackstone and putting the Blue Crabs ahead 5-3.
High Point chipped away in the seventh inning. With runners on first and second, El'Hajj Muhammad threw a wild pitch, advancing the runners to second and third. The Rockers got one back on an RBI ground out to to shave the Southern Maryland lead to one. The Blue Crabs would hold that one-run lead going into the ninth inning.
After recording a save last night, Mat Latos (S, 8) returned to the mound this evening. Quincy Lattimore, who led off the inning for the Rockers, reached second base on a throwing error from Josh McAdams. Latos retired the next two batters on groundouts, allowing Lattimore to advance to third base. Latos retired Matthew Jones on a strikeout to record the save and give the Blue Crabs a 5-4 win.
The Blue Crabs will return home tomorrow, June 22th for the second game of six-game homestand with a matchup against the High Point Rockers with a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.
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