The Lexington County Blowfish continued their struggles at home, pushing no runs across the plate in a 6-0 loss to the Savannah Bananas. Gabe Howell got the Bananas on the board first, belting his 4th home run of the season to lead off the game. Blowfish pitcher Daniel Rutherford settled in after giving up the blast, going 5 innings and only giving up 2 runs.
The best chance the Blowfish had to score came in the bottom of the 3rd, when they loaded the bases with a Josh Gregory single, a Tyler Corbitt double that kissed the right field line, and a hit by pitch. That momentum was quickly stopped after the Blowfish leadoff hitter Michael Green grounded the first pitch of the at-bat into a 1-2-3 double play and James McConnon flew out to end the inning. This would be the only inning where the Blowfish had multiple hits as they struggled to get runners on base the rest of the game against a solid Savannah pitching staff.
Savannah starting pitcher Dustin Saenz came out firing on all cylinders, striking out 5 of the first 6 Blowfish batters he faced. When he was taken out to start the 7th inning, he had given up 4 hits, no walks, and struck out 11 in his 6 innings of work. The Bananas continued to wreak havoc against the Blowfish by getting on base, using their speed, and advancing runners by any means necessary. While both teams had 6 hits, the Bananas walked 8 times while only giving up 1 walk all game. These constant base runners made life tough for the Blowfish defense, as the bullpen surrendered 4 unearned runs down the stretch. Once Saenz came out, the high-powered arms of Daniel Lloyd and Alex Degen closed the book on this one as they combined for 3 scoreless innings to close the game.
The Blowfish will end the first half on the season with a 7-18 record, part of a 3-9 record at home. The slate will be wiped clean come Monday night, as the Blowfish open the second half of the season on the road against the Gastonia Grizzlies, a place where they came out victorious the last time they visited.