Regency Furniture Stadium, Waldorf, MD
Game 1 of 3
Michael Schalct has been pitching very well for the Blue Crabs…today he earned his first W.
A very nice outing by Schlact, plus some formidable run support from his fellow Blue Crabs, frames this exciting game that was nearly doomed by the rain (AGAIN).
Brandon Pinckney, Yunesky Sanchez, and Travis Garcia led the offensive charge for the Blue Crabs; knocking in 2 runs apiece with HRs during a ferocious 2nd inning outburst that left Riversharks starting pitcher Christopher Mason a little bit more than sore. Casey Benjamin homered on his own with a 1-out solo shot in the 5th, also off Mason.
Schlacht, in the meantime, worked 6 solid innings, only getting touched for 5 hits and 2 earned runs, walking two, striking out two, and putting up 10 ground-outs on the board. Schlacht also assisted in an extremely unusual pick-off of Drew Macias on third base as Macias left the bag early on what would have been a Sacrifice by Brian Burgamy. Excellent putout, sir…that’s what I call excellent defensive pitching!!
As usual, I watched this on the IBN Sports Network via the Blue Crabs landing page, the game was called by Josh Caray (who is still one of my favorite announcers…if you are reading this Josh, keep up the good work!!).
Many of you may already be following Schlact on Twitter (@michael_schlact), there are other Blue Crabs on Twitter as well: Catcher Christian Lopez (@ChristianL5) and OF Richard Giannotti (@JustMeGee). Just a reminder, please read check out Schlact’s MLBlog as well.
If you haven’t been paying any attention to Independent League Baseball, well…why not? You can watch any games (home and away) on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs homepage…the schedule is posted here with links to box scores and game recaps. FREE BASEBALL IS GOOD, and the Blue Crabs are a great team to follow to get started!!!
The Blue Crabs are doing very well this year…congratulations, and especially hats off to Mr Schlact on his first W for the team!!
Blue Crabs 3B Travis Garcia at bat, RF Ben Harrison on deck
Christopher Mason on the mound for the Riversharks, delivers the HR ball to Travis Garcia
Ladies and Gentlemen, baseball fans everywhere…I present to you the thrilling “Michael Schlact Pitching Sequence”!!!
Riversharks RF Ruddy Yan faces Charlie Manning in the 7th inning
Swingandamiss! ”He got ‘im!!”
Charlie Manning fires to Riversharks CF Drew Macias
Blue Crabs 1B Ryan Mulhern at bat
Blue Crabs LF Casey Benjamin at bat
LHP John Bale on the mound in relief for the Riversharks…only 2 years ago I saw Bale pitch in relief during his brief stint as a Kansas City Royal in this game (from the BIL Tour) against the visiting Cleveland Indians!
Riversharks C Raul Padron at bat, facing Steve Palazzolo
Hey Hey!! Blue Crabs C Christian Lopez is on deck(and probably chewing gum)
John Bale delivers to Blue Crabs 2B Brandon Pinckney
Blue Crabs PH/CF Jeremy Owens (he replaced Richard Giannotti, who left the game after the 1st inning, in the lineup, batting 2nd)
BLUE CRABS WIN!!!