Blue Crabs pitching stifles Revolution, win 6-1

Thompson Shines in 5-1 Blue Crabs Win

Waldorf, MD – The Blue Crabs took on the York Revolution, one of the hottest teams in the Atlantic League, in the first game of a three game series.  Daryl Thompson (W, 4-6), the starting pitcher for Southern Maryland, pitched seven dominant innings, allowing only six hits and one run. Thompson put on a show as his terrific performance led to a series opening 5-1 victory.

The Blue Crabs started the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Corey Walter (L, 1-3), York’s starting pitcher, ran into trouble with one with out in the frame. Southern Maryland had runners on first and second when Edwin Garcia drove a single into center field, scoring Frank Martinez and giving the Blue Crabs a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the third inning, Wellington Dotel led off Revs frame with a walk.  The next batter, Justin Trapp, tripled on a ground ball down the left field line, scoring Dotel to tie the game. Thompson would settle down from there, not allowing Trapp to score the go-ahead run for the Revs thanks to a laser throw by Southern Maryland center fielder Cory Vaughn pegging out a runner heading home.

With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the third, the Blue Crabs rallied.  After Joe Benson worked a walk, Jose Julio-Ruiz singled to right field.   With two runners on base, Charlie Valerio roped a triple down the right field line, scoring Ruiz and Benson, putting the Blue Crabs up 3-1.

Southern Maryland struck again in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Tony Thomas led off the frame with a walk before Edwin Garcia ripped a single into left field.  With runners on the corners and no outs, Kent Blackstone singled on a sharp ground ball into right field, scoring Tony Thomas to give the Blue Crabs a three run advantage. 

The score remained 4-1 going into the bottom of the eighth inning.  Charlie Valerio hammered the first pitch of the inning over the left-center field fence to give the Blue Crabs a 5-1 edge.  Valerio finished the game a double shy of the cycle. 

Holding a four-run lead to start the ninth inning, Southern Maryland turned to Mat Latos.  After two days off, Latos reigned supreme yet again, pitching a 1-2-3 inning on ten pitches.  The former Cy Young candidate has pitched 13 consecutive hitless innings, and his ERA fell to 0.87.  The Alexandria native’s appearance capped off a 5-1 victory over the Revolution, as the Blue Crabs are now within a game of notching their fifth series win in six tries.  

The Blue Crabs will return home tomorrow, June 25th, for game two of a three game set against the York Revolution, with a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.

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David M. Higgins II

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in Digital Marketing, eventually leading him back to his passion. David started The Southern Maryland Chronicle in December 2017 and has grown it to become the #1 news source in Southern Maryland.

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