The Lexington County Blowfish traveled to Historic Grayson Stadium on Friday night to battle division rival Savannah. Daniel Rutherford was slated to get the start in game two of the 2019 season. The Blowfish bats looked to continue the hot streak that began in the ninth inning the night before.
A hot night welcomed the Blowfish to the plate, as they went in order in the first inning. You didn't know it at the time, but this was the beginning of a fantastic pitcher's duel that would continue until the final out was recorded. On the defensive side, the night started out well. Four innings of shutout baseball delivered by Rutherford kept Lexington County squared with the Bananas. As was the case on Opening Night, all it took was one inning for things to begin to crumble.
In the fifth, a fly ball down the right field line tailed into foul ground where Josiah Sightler attempted a sliding catch. He was unable to make the catch, the ball was called fair aand a runner stood on second. Things quickly dissolved from there. Four Blowfish errors in the inning allowed five Banana runs to score in the frame. Jacob Rye came in in the fifth inning, after Rutherford failed to record an out. Rye was able to work out of a bases loaded jam.
For the second night in a row, the Blowfish bullpen relished its role as the group that needed to stop the bleeding. Four innings of relief work from Rye, Williams and Stoneking stymied any additional Savannah offense. The offensive output continued for South Carolina Gamecock Jordan Hoiladay. In his two nights as the Blowfish designated hitter, Holladay has collected four hits and two walks to help pace the Blowfish offense.
The Blowfish return home to Lexington County Baseball Stadium on Saturday night for a matchup with the Wilmington Sharks (0-2). Both teams will be in search of win number one in 2019. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.