06/18/2012 10:42 PM - London, Ontario - The Washington Wild Things earned an 11-5 victory over the London Rippers Monday night at Labatt Memorial Park. A solid outing from starter Eric Blackwell was backed by plenty of lumber to garner the victory for Washington.
The Rippers struck first in the bottom of the first inning. A two-out homerun by left fielder Joash Brodin gave London a 1-0 lead.
Washington responded, however, in the top of the third inning. A one-out walk to shortstop Matt McConnell was followed by a single from center fielder Robbie Garvey. Catcher Rick Devereaux and right fielder Allen Boyer recorded RBIs in the inning, and Devereaux added a run, making the score 3-1 in the third inning.
The starter for the Rippers, Matt Sommo, only lasted three innings on the mound. Sommo allowed three runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out two.
The Wild Things added eight more runs after Sommo left the game, making it a difficult night for the Rippers bullpen.
The Wild Things continued to add to their lead in the top of the fifth inning. Garvey hit a two-run shot, scoring McConnell who had singled in the previous at-bat. Garvey’s second homerun of the year extended the lead to 5-1.
Washington recorded another run in the seventh inning, as McConnell recorded his third run scored in the game.
Garvey and McConnell went a combined 5-for-9 on the night, recording three RBIs and five runs scored.
With the Wild Things' bats in on fire, Blackwell found his groove. After allowinga single run in the first, Blackwell settled down, scattering only two more hits in his time on the mound. he finished with six innings of work, allowing one run on three hits and three walks. Blackwell also added seven strikeouts and earned his second win of the season.
London attempted to rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, recording two more runs, making the score 8-5.
Washington, however, was still not done, responding with three more runs in the ninth inning. A two-out single by pinch hitter Taylor Oldham drove in two runs to highlight the inning.
The Wild Things led 11-5 going into the bottom of the ninth, when reliever Steven Grife pitched a perfect ninth to end the game.
The Wild Things will lfinish their nine-game road trip when they face the Rippers at 6:30 Tuesday evening. The team returns to CONSOL Energy Park on Wednesday, for a six-game home stand. Tickets are available at the CONSOL Energy Park box office and at www.washingtonwildthings.com.