BLUE CRABS WIN SHOOTOUT TO TAKE SERIES

 

 

BLUE CRABS WIN SHOOTOUT TO TAKE SERIES

Blue Crabs Homer Five Times in Finale

(New Britain, CT., Aug. 17, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (15-24) took the series finale against the New Britain Bees (15-23) 13-5, with the help of five homeruns in the game.

Southern Maryland jumped on the Bees early, putting up two runs in the first. Tucker Nathans opened the scoring with a solo homerun, his second in two days. L.J. Hoes followed with a single, moving up to second on the second out of the inning. Devon Rodriguez came through with a two-out single, scoring Hoes from second to extend the lead to 2-0.

The Bees responded with a big inning in the bottom of the first, batting around in the inning. Drew Hayes (7-6) issued a walk to Michael Crouse with one out, with Crouse stealing second during a strikeout to Jovan Rosa. The two-out rally began with a single from Craig Maddox, scoring Crouse from second. Back-to-back singles followed, loading the bases for Jamar Walton. Walton reached on an infield single, scoring Maddox to tie the game. Two walks bases-loaded walks followed, scoring a pair to put the Bees ahead 4-2 after the first.

The Blue Crabs fought back, putting up a run in the top of the second. Patrick Palmeiro and Zach Cone went back-to-back with doubles to start the second, putting men on second and third with nobody out. Cone came around to score on an Edwin Garcia single two batters later, before a hit-by-pitch of Nathans loaded the bases with two outs. Mike Lee was able to escape the trouble though, stranding all three runners on a fielder’s choice.

The Bees added another run in the second, with Crouse leading the way once again. He led off with a single, stealing second again to advance to scoring position. He then advanced to third on a groundout from Rosa, setting up a sacrifice fly from Maddox to make the score 5-3.

A solo shot from Rodriguez cut the deficit to one, before the pitching finally settled down for two scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth. The Blue Crabs fought back once again, retaking the lead in the sixth. Ryan Wiggins was hit by a pitch from Mike Hepple (2-1) to start the inning, with Garcia walking behind him. Two batters later, after a pitching change, L.J. Hoes clubbed his second homerun of the season, a three-run blast to give the Blue Crabs a 7-5 lead.

A solo shot from Palmeiro added one to the lead in the top of the seventh, before New Britain threatened in the bottom half. Rosa doubled as the leadoff man in the inning, going up to third on a single from Maddox. With runners on the corners and no outs, Jesse Beal struck out two of the next three batters, getting a lineout to third in the middle, stranding both runners on base.

The offense wasn’t done quite yet, as Southern Maryland scored two more in the eighth. Garcia singled to get the inning going, stealing second to get to scoring position. Garcia same around to score on a single from Hoes, with Hoes getting thrown out trying to advance to second. Michael Snyder pitched in a solo homerun, putting the lead at 10-5 for the Blue Crabs.

The Blue Crabs added three more in the ninth inning, extending the lead to eight runs. Cory Vaughn doubled to start, with a Zach Cone single and Palmeiro walk loading the bases behind him. A sacrifice fly from Garcia scored Vaughn, before a Nathans double emptied the bases to move the score to 13-5. Sam Runion worked a scoreless bottom of the ninth to finish off the win and the series win.

The Blue Crabs return to action Friday, August 18th back at home for a matchup of First-Half Champions, as they host the Somerset Patriots. Southern Maryland will send RHP Eric Fornataro (0-3, 6.50) to the mound, looking to extend the winning streak to three games. First pitch in the game scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Friday at Regency Furniture Stadium.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its 10th anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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BLUE CRABS EVEN SERIES IN NEW BRITAIN

 

 

BLUE CRABS EVEN SERIES IN NEW BRITAIN

Three-Run Fourth Leads Blue Crabs Past Bees

(New Britain, CT., Aug. 16, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (14-24) were victorious against the New Britain Bees (15-22) 5-1, snapping an eight-game second half losing streak.

The Blue Crabs got on the board early, putting up a run in the first inning. Edwin Garica started the game off right, leading off with a single. Michael Snyder came through with a two-out double later in the inning, scoring Garcia from first to give Southern Maryland a 1-0 lead.

They added another run in the third, when Tucker Nathans collected his first homerun, a solo shot off Jonathon Pettibone (1-6). The Bees responded in the bottom half off the inning, putting up one off Daryl Thompson (7-6). James Skelton started the two-out rally with a single to right, moving to second on a Jordan Hinshaw single. Jovan Rosa followed with a single of his own, scoring Skelton from second to cut the lead to 2-1.

The offense came alive for the Blue Crabs in the fourth, sending eight men to the plate in the inning. Back-to-back singles started the inning, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Zach Cone drew a walk to load the bases, before a single from Patrick Palmeiro scored the first two runs in the inning. Luis Alen hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Cone from third to extend the lead to 5-1. Thompson took over from there, working three straight scoreless innings to finish his outing.

He turned over the four-run lead to the bullpen, with Cody Hebner first to come in. Hebner struck out the side in order in the seventh. Zack Thornton followed with another 1-2-3 inning, turning the top of the ninth over to Cody Eppley. Eppley followed suit, striking out two in a scoreless inning to finish the win. The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak in the second half, and evened the series with the Bees.

The Blue Crabs return to action Thursday, August 17th for the series finale in the three-game series against the Bees. Southern Maryland will send RHP Drew (6-6, 4.33) to the mound, looking to take the series. He will matchup with New Britain’s RHP Mike Lee (3-6, 4.30). First pitch in the game scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Wednesday at New Britain Stadium.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its 10th anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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SIMON SILENCES BLUE CRABS IN OPENER

 

 

SIMON SILENCES BLUE CRABS IN OPENER

Kyle Simon Tosses Gem for Bees in Game One

(New Britain, CT., Aug. 15, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-24) dropped the opener against the New Britain Bees (15-21) 11-0, behind a complete game shutout from Kyle Simon (8-10).

The teams traded scoreless first innings, before the Bees were able to open the scoring in the bottom of the second. Jon Griffin singled with one out in the inning off Southern Maryland’s starter Brian Grening (7-6). Craig Maddox followed with a two-run homerun off his former teammate, giving the Bees an early 2-0 lead.

Grening continued his struggles in the third inning, as the Bees added three more to their lead. James Skelton got the scoring in the inning started with a one-out solo homerun. Michael Crouse singled behind the homerun, stealing second to get in scoring position. Yusuke Kajimoto traded places with Crouse on a double to left that scored another. Two batters later, Kajimoto stole third, allowing him to score on a Griffin single to make the lead 5-0.

The offense wasn’t done though, as New Britain added two more to their lead in the fourth on a two-run homerun from Crouse. That ended the day for Grening, turning the game over to the bullpen after just four innings of work.

Simon was strong on the mound for the Bees, allowing just one hit through the first five frames. The Blue Crabs finally put their first man in scoring position in the sixth, when Edwin Garcia reached third. Garcia walked with one out in the inning, going first-to-third on a two-out single from Patrick Palmeiro. Simon recovered to retire Cory Vaughn, stranding the pair on base.

The Bees continued to pour it on in the bottom half of the inning, adding two more runs. Michael Baca got the two-out rally started, connecting on just his second homerun of the year. James Skelton followed the solo shot with a single, moving to second on a walk from Crouse. Kajimoto came through with a hit once more, scoring Skelton from second to put New Britain ahead 9-0.

An error and a sacrifice fly allowed two more runs to cross in the seventh, giving Simon an 11-0 lead to work with on the mound. The right-hander continued to dominate the Southern Maryland offense, giving up just two hits in his final three innings, en route to a complete game shutout victory. This was Simon’s league-leading third complete game of the season, and his second against the Blue Crabs.

The Blue Crabs return to action Wednesday, August 16th for the second game in the three-game series against the Bees. Southern Maryland will send RHP Daryl Thompson (6-6, 3.86) to the mound, looking to even up the series. He will matchup with New Britain’s RHP Jonathon Pettibone (1-5, 4.60). First pitch in the game scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Wednesday at New Britain Stadium.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its 10th anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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BLUE CRABS WIN FREEDOM DIVISION FIRST HALF CHAMPIONSHIP

 

BLUE CRABS WIN FREEDOM DIVISION FIRST HALF CHAMPIONSHIP

Blue Crabs Take Championship over Barnstormers

(Waldorf, MD., Aug. 14, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (39-31) won the long-awaited First Half Freedom Division Championship Game over the Lancaster Barnstormers (38-32) 8-3, clinching a berth in the playoffs.

Both teams threatened in the first inning, stranding a pair of runners each to start the game. Two scoreless innings followed for Gaby Hernandez (9-3), as he sat down seven in a row. The Blue Crabs were finally able to strike first in the third, with a little help from the Lancaster defense. Luis Alen singled to lead off, moving to second on a groundout to second. Edwin Garcia singled to move Alen to third, putting runners on the corners for L.J. Hoes. Hoes hit a hard groundball to shortstop, forcing an error by Nate Coronado that allowed Alen to score the opening run in the game. Two batters later, Garcia came across to score on an error in left field, putting Southern Maryland up 2-0 early in the ballgame.

The Barnstormers were never going to fold, responding with a run in each of the next two innings. Cole Garner led off the fourth with a single, moving up on a walk to Sean Halton. Both runners advanced on a groundball to first, before Garner came across to score on a groundout from Garret Weber. After Hernandez retired three straight, Trayvon Robinson’s solo shot to left field tied the game 2-2.

Brad Bergesen (9-7), the starter for Lancaster, took the scoreless game into the bottom of the fifth, having already stranded five runners in the game. Hoes singled to start the rally in the fifth, before a two-out single from Devon Rodriguez kept the inning alive. Cory Vaughn followed with a three-run homerun to put the Blue Crabs back on top. Vaughn’s third homerun in three days gave Southern Maryland a 5-2 lead heading to the sixth.

The Barnstormers weren’t done yet, putting up one to climb back into it in the sixth. Garrett Weber narrowly missed a homerun with two outs, settling for a ground-rule double instead. Nate Coronado followed with a single to left-center, scoring Weber to cut the lead to 5-3.

The Blue Crabs iced the game with three more runs in seventh. Hoes walked to start the inning, with Snyder getting hit by a pitch to put two men on. Rodriguez doubled down the first base line off new reliever Daniel Moskos, scoring both runners. Two batters later, Rodriguez came around to score on a Zach Cone double, putting the Blue Crabs 8-3.

Zack Thornton worked around a leadoff single in the eighth, before closer Cody Eppley came on for the ninth. Eppley worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning, with a flyball to left field securing the win and the First-Half Freedom Division Championship. With the win, the Blue Crabs snap a season-long losing streak, and clinch a berth in the 2017 Atlantic League Playoffs.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its 10th anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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BLUE CRABS FALL IN FINALE TO DUCKS

 

BLUE CRABS FALL IN FINALE TO DUCKS

Blue Crabs Drop Season-High Seventh Straight

(Waldorf, MD., Aug. 13, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-23) dropped the finale against the Long Island Ducks (21-15) 5-2, finishing off the four-game sweep for the Ducks.

Eric Fornataro (0-3) was strong through his first two innings, before the Ducks got to the right-hander in the third. Fornataro walked Quinton Berry to start the inning, with Berry stealing second to move into scoring position. A single from Anthony Vega moved the leadoff man to third, before Vega stole second as well. Two batters later, Angelo Songco singled up the middle, scoring both runners to give Long Island a 2-0 lead.

The Blue Crabs responded with a run in the fourth off Tyler Levine (3-0). Tucker Nathans tripled with one out in the inning, his first triple of the season. Luis Alen followed with a ground-rule double, putting the Blue Crabs on the board.

After a scoreless fifth, Fornataro was pulled from the game trailing by one. Sam Runion was first out of the bullpen, picking up an out before walking Audie Afenir. Afenir was forced out a fielder’s choice, putting Dan Lyons aboard with two outs for the top of the lineup. The Ducks put the hit-and-run on with Berry at the plate, and the leadoff man took a double off the left-field wall, scoring Lyons easily from first to extend the lead to 3-1.

The Ducks added two more runs in top of the eighth, getting to the Blue Crabs bullpen once again. Jesse Beal allowed a double to Giovanny Alfonzo on the first pitch of his appearance, putting a man in scoring position with nobody out. Two batters later, Lyons connected on a two-run homer over the Mini Monster in left, putting Long Island ahead by four runs.

Southern Maryland fought back for one in the bottom half of the inning, on a Cory Vaughn solo shot. The Ducks turned their 5-2 lead over to closer Amalio Diaz (S,9) to work the bottom of the ninth. Diaz allowed a leadoff single to Alen, before retiring the next three batters to finish off the sweep. This was the third sweep of the season for Long Island over the Blue Crabs.

The Blue Crabs return to action Monday, August 14th for the First-Half Freedom Division Championship against the Lancaster Barnstormers. Southern Maryland will send RHP Gaby Hernandez (8-3, 2.77) to the mound, with hopes of clinching a playoff berth. He will matchup with Lancaster’s RHP Brad Bergesen (9-6, 4.22). First pitch in the game scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Monday at Regency Furniture Stadium.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its 10th anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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BLUE CRABS DROP SIXTH STRAIGHT TO DUCKS

 

BLUE CRABS DROP SIXTH STRAIGHT TO DUCKS

Blue Crabs Extend Season-High Losing Streak to Six

(Waldorf, MD., Aug. 12, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-21) fell in a rain-shortened game against the Long Island Ducks (18-14) 9-5, being called after eight innings of play.

After a pair of scoreless innings started the game, the Ducks were able to strike first in the top of the third inning. Dan Lyons led off with a single, followed by back-to-back walks to load the bases with nobody out. Lew Ford into a fielder’s choice, with Patrick Palmeiro cutting down Lyons trying to score. Ruben Gotay came up with the bases still loaded, and came through with a single to center, scoring a pair of runs. Elmer Reyes doubled two batter later, scoring Ford to put the Ducks ahead 3-0.

Russo sat down eight in a row from that point, before running into trouble with one out in the sixth. Elmer Reyes walked to start the rally, moving up to second on a single from Alex Burg. Giovanny Alfonzo followed with a single, scoring Reyes, and leading to Russo being pulled from the game. Cody Hebner can on first out of the bullpen, walking the first batter he faced to load the bases. Berry was next in line, singling up the middle to score Burg and Alfonzo. Delta Cleary Jr. singled in the next at-bat, scoring Lyons and leading to Hebner being pulled as well.

Rob Carson was next out of the bullpen, walking Lew Ford on four straight pitches to start his outing. A Gotay sacrifice fly to center allowed Berry to score, the fifth run in the inning. Derrick Pyles followed that with his first hit as a member of the Ducks, a double down the third base line that scored Cleary Jr, putting Long Island ahead 9-0.

The Ducks starter Jake Dunning (1-0) was promptly removed with his nine-run advantage, exiting after five scoreless innings. The bullpen worked a scoreless sixth, before the Blue Crabs began to fight back in the seventh. Devon Rodriguez singled to start it off, before Cory Vaughn clubbed a two-run homerun to get the Blue Crabs on the board. Tucker Nathans followed with a walk, before John Lannan was finally able to record back-to-back outs.

With two outs, Jose Lozada fought a single through the infield, keeping the inning alive for Southern Maryland. Edwin Garcia doubled to left field, scoring Nathans and Lozada, before Lannan was lifted in favor of Zac Treece. Treece gave up a single to the first man he saw, as L.J. Hoes drove in Lozada. The inning finally ended on a fielder’s choice, but the Blue Crabs had cut the deficit all the way to 9-5.

The rain then began to come down in the eighth, as the Blue Crabs were threatening again. With two outs in the inning, Long Island called on southpaw Patrick Crider to sit down the lefty Nathans at the plate. Nathans fought the count full, before picking up his third single of the game. Luis Alen followed with a single of his own, putting two on with two outs, before Crider could finally get out of the jam.

Immediately after the out was recorded to end the eighth, the tarp was called onto the field. The rain continued to pour down, leading to the game being called for the second day in a row due to rain. Long Island walked away with the 9-5 win, extending the Blue Crabs losing streak to a season-high six games.

The Blue Crabs return to action Sunday, August 13th for the series finale of the four-game series against the Ducks. Southern Maryland will send RHP Eric Fornataro (0-2, 7.61) to the mound, looking to salvage a game in the series. He will matchup with Long Island’s RHP Alfredo Simon (2-3, 4.68). First pitch in the game scheduled for 2:05 P.M. on Sunday at Regency Furniture Stadium.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its 10th anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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BLUE CRABS COME UP SHORT AGAINST DUCKS

 

BLUE CRABS COME UP SHORT AGAINST DUCKS

Ducks Take Rain-Shortened Outing over Southern Maryland

(Waldorf, MD., Aug. 11, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-21) fell in a rain-shortened game against the Long Island Ducks (18-14) 8-4, being called after just one batter in  the top of the ninth.

The Ducks jumped on Drew Hayes (6-6) immediately, putting up a pair of runs in the top of the first. Quinton Berry singled to start the inning, moving to second on a walk from Delta Cleary Jr. After both runners advanced on an errant pickoff move, a fielder’s choice from Marc Krauss opened the scoring, as Berry came across from third. Krauss scored on the next batter, as Angelo Songco doubled down the left field line, giving Long Island a 2-0 lead.

The scoring continued in the second, as the Ducks added four more runs to their lead. Hayes allowed a double with one out in the inning, before getting a popup for the second out. Berry returned to the plate, hitting a slow grounder to the right side on the infield, hustling all the way to beat it out for an infield single. That sparked a rally for the Ducks, as a single from Cleary scored Alfonzo. Back-to-back doubles followed, scoring Berry, Clearly, and Krauss to extend the lead to 6-0.

The Blue Crabs began the long road back in the bottom half of the inning. Michael Snyder led off with a single, advancing to third on a double from Cory Vaughn. Two batters later, Tucker Nathans, making his home debut for the team, came through with a sacrifice fly, scoring Snyder to cut the deficit to 6-1.

The Ducks struck again in the fourth, putting up another run in the inning. Audie Afenir doubled in his team debut, coming around to score on a two-out single from Krauss. The Blue Crabs responded with one of their own in the bottom half of the inning, their second off Rafael Perez (8-7). Perez walked the leadoff man in the inning, before back-to-back singles loaded the bases with nobody out. Zach Cone grounded into a 5-4-3 double play, allowing L.J. Hoes to score. That was all the Blue Crabs would have to show in the inning, unable to fully capitalize and still trailing 7-2.

The two teams traded runs again in the sixth, with Afenir coming around again for Long Island, this time on a Cleary double. Edwin Garcia scored the run for Southern Maryland in the bottom half of the inning, crossing the plate on the third hit of the game from Vaughn. The Blue Crabs were able to add another run in the seventh, as Garcia tripled to score Ryan Wiggins to cut the lead to 8-4.

Perez was lifted from the game after allowing four runs across seven innings. Rob Rogers came out of the bullpen, allowing a hit to the first man he saw, Patrick Palmeiro. Cone singled two batters later, with both runners moving to scoring position on a groundout to the pitcher. A two-out popup from Wiggins ended the rally, as the rain began to fall harder.

Cody Hebner headed out to pitch the top of the ninth, walking the only batter he saw before the game entered a rain delay. That turned out to be the last batter of the game, as the inclement weather led to the game being concluded as final, with the Ducks taking an 8-4 victory.

The Ducks set a franchise record in the game with nine doubles, also the most allowed by the Blue Crabs this season. The loss moves the Southern Maryland losing streak to five games, tying their season high.

The Blue Crabs return to action Saturday, August 12th for game three of the four-game series against the Ducks. Southern Maryland will send LHP David Russo (0-1, 4.83) to the mound, looking to snap the losing streak. He will matchup with Long Island’s RHP Jake Dunning (0-0, 1.86). First pitch in the game scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Saturday at Regency Furniture Stadium.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its 10th anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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