Crabs Bullpen dominates in 6-2 triumph over Lancaster
(Waldorf, MD, September 17, 2021)Four shutout innings from the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs box opened the offense in the closing innings of Friday night’s game against the Lancaster Barnstormers to secure a 6-2 victory.
The four scoreless frames were from Patrick Baker, Dalton Geekie, Endrys Briceno and Mat Latos. The “Four Horsemen” also combined to knock out six Barnstormer hitters in the process. Prior to their appearance, Southern Maryland received an extensive output from its starting pitcher Carl Brice (W, 4-4). Brice allowed two runs on six hits while pitching five innings and hitting five.
After a solo homerun from Lancaster’s Kelly Dugan early in the third inning, the Blue Crabs quickly showed that Thursday night’s collapse was just fluke. The southern Maryland offense in the lower half compiled three straight hits that each scored a run. It all started with a triple from Michael Baca, followed by a single from Matt Hibbert and a double from Rubi Silva.
Brice allowed another run in the start of the fifth on his own with a hindsight, leaving room for Melvin Mercedes to score from third base. The only round would however be the last to waste on the plate thanks to a majestic performance from the bullpen.
The offense scored the victory with two runs in the sixth inning and one in the eighth. Baca hit in an RBI in the sixth and eighth innings, while Silva led in the second inning of the sixth inning.
Southern Maryland remains 0.5 games behind the Ducks in first place with Long Island’s 7-6 win over York. Still, the Crabs continue to rack up an unreal home record that sits at 6-2 with two games to go.