Friday, June 17, 2011

Who Is This Man, And What Has He Done With Ryan McKellar?

The RiverSharks were unable to complete their sweep of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Thursday night, losing 3-2 in spite of solid pitching performances from both the starter and the bullpen. JR Mathes went 6 strong innings and really only got into trouble in the top of the 6th, when he gave up a solo homerun to Crabs shortstop Yunesky Sanchez, and one batter later gave up a 2-run blast to left fielder Ben Harrison.

Brian Burgamy's RBI double scored Lloyd Turner in the bottom of the inning to get Camden on the board, and Mike Lamb's solo shot in the bottom of the 9th cut the lead to just a run, but Crabs closer Jim Ed Warden retired Camden 1-2-3 after that to pick up his 12th save of the season.

The real surprise was Ryan McKellar's 2 innings of relief behind Mathes. McKellar didn't allow a hit, struck out 4 of the 7 Crabs he faced, and looked in complete control his entire time on the mound. The recent shakeup of the starting rotation seems to have shaken up the bullpen as well.

There's hope for the second half yet.

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