BLUE CRABS COME FROM BEHIND, WIN IN EXTRAS

 

(Waldorf, MD., Apr. 29, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (5-4) picked up their first road win in dramatic fashion on Saturday, beating the Bridgeport Bluefish (5-4) 6-4 in extra innings.

The Blue Crabs fell behind early, as starter Brian Grening gave up four singles in a row to start off the bottom of the first, plating two early runs for the Bluefish. A Jonathon Galvez homerun in the second inning extended Bridgeport’s lead to 3-0. The Blue Crabs were able to respond in the top of the third, after Ryan Wiggins led off the inning with a double, later scoring to cut the lead to 3-1.

Back-to-back doubles from Michael Snyder and Cory Vaughn put another run on the board for the Blue Crabs in the fourth, bringing the Bridgeport lead to just one. Southern Maryland was able to tie the game in the top of the sixth, as a Patrick Palmeiro double scored Zach Cone, and ended the day for Bridgeport’s starter Chris Rearick.

Bridgeport responded, quickly regaining the lead in the bottom of the inning. A Sean Burroughs doubled with one out, before advancing to third on a wild pitch and scoring on a Jose Gil single. However, with one out in the top of the seventh inning, Danny Muno hit his first home run as a Blue Crab, tying the game for Southern Maryland. Reliever’s Rob Carson and Jesse Beal (1-0) threw one inning each and were able to keep the game tied 4-4, taking it to extra innings.

Palmeiro got the tenth inning started for Southern Maryland, reaching on an error by the Bluefish shortstop Yefry Reyes. Edwin Garcia attempted to sacrifice him over to second, but another error by Bridgeport put runners on first and second with nobody out for Wiggins. Another sacrifice attempt from Wiggins led to another error from the pitcher Frank DeJiulio Jr., his second in a row, and brought home Palmeiro from second. A Gary Brown sacrifice fly brought home Edwin Garcia for the second run of the inning, bringing the Blue Crabs lead to 6-4.

The Blue Crabs turned the game over to closer Cody Eppley (S,3) to shut the door in the bottom of the tenth. Eppley gave up a two-out single but got the leadoff hitter Ozney Guillen to ground out to Garcia at short, ending the game and finishing off the first road win and extra inning win of the year for Southern Maryland.

The Blue Crabs road-trip continues tomorrow, as they will face Bridgeport in the series finale. The Blue Crabs will look to win the series sending RHP Austin Fleet to the mound (0-0, 5.40 ERA) for his first start of the season. He will face off RHP Charles Brewer (1-0, 0.00 ERA) for Bridgeport. First pitch is scheduled for 1:12 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

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 36 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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BATS SPUTTER AS BLUE CRABS DROP ROAD OPENER TO BRIDGEPORT


(Waldorf, MD., Apr. 28, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (4-4) struggled at the plate, as they fell 2-0 against the Bridgeport Bluefish (5-3), in their first road game of their 10th Anniversary Season.
Pitching was on display for both teams, as starter Daryl Thompson (1-1) for Southern Maryland battled pitch-for-pitch throughout the day with Jonathon Albaladejo (2-0), the starter for the Bluefish today in their home opener. Albaladejo, the defending Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year, threw eight scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and striking out seven.

Thompson was perfect through 3.2 innings, before giving up a single to Alberto Callaspo. He stayed out of trouble most of the day, allowing just one leadoff runner to reach base on a double to Jose Gil in the fifth. He struck out the next two batters, before getting Yefry Reyes to fly out to left, pitching around the leadoff double and keeping the score at 0-0.

The game remained scoreless all the way through six and a half innings, until the Bluefish came to bat in the bottom of the seventh. The second hitter in the inning, Sean Burroughs, singled off of Thompson. Gil followed him, reaching base on a single as well, to put men on first and second with no outs for the lefty Daniel Fields. Fields ripped a line drive into the opposite field gap, splitting the outfielders for Southern Maryland and scoring both runners to put Bridgeport up 2-0. Thompson finished the inning and closed his line, throwing seven innings, giving up just the two runs on five hits, as well as recording five strikeouts.

The Blue Crabs were unable to figure out Albaladejo, never having multiple runners reach base in an inning against the Bluefish starter. The Blue Crabs were able to threaten Brdigeport in the 9th inning, with the first two batters reaching on an error by the shortstop Reyes and HBP from closer David Carpenter (S,2). The hard-throwing righty then had to face the Blue Crabs RBI leader last season, Zach Wilson, with two runners on and nobody out. Wilson grounded out to third baseman Jose Cuevas, who tagged third and threw on to first to record a double play. Clean-up hitter Michael Snyder rolled out to third to end the game, finalizing Albaladejo’s second win of the season and Carpenter’s second save.

The Blue Crabs road-trip continues tomorrow, as they will face Bridgeport in game two of this three-game weekend series. The Blue Crabs will send veteran RHP Brian Grening (0-0, 3.00 ERA) to the mound to face LHP Chris Rearick (0-1, 14.73 ERA) for Bridgeport. First pitch is scheduled for 6:12 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

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 36 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 http://www.AtlanticLeague.com

 

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BLUE CRABS DROP SERIES FINALE AS REVS EXPLODE FOR 11

(Waldorf, MD., Apr. 27, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (4-3) were not able to complete the series sweep tonight, as they fell 11-2 against the visiting York Revolution (2-4) on the second series of their 10th Anniversary Season.

York jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the second off of Southern Maryland’s Pat Misch (0-1), who gave up a two-run shot to Angel Franco in the inning. The wheels fell off for the Blue Crabs in the fourth, as the Revs scored seven unearned runs in the inning, with the Blue Crabs committing three errors. The big blow came on a grand slam from the Revs’ DH Joel Guzman, which closed the door on the night for Misch.

The Revs put up two more runs in the fifth off of reliever Britt Robertshaw, who was making his season debut for the team. Robertshaw hit the leadoff man Bryan Pounds, before walking Ryan Dent and giving up back-to-back singles to score both, extending the lead to 11-0.

York’s starter Frank Gailey (2-0) had the Blue Crabs offense fooled all night long, as he threw six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and striking out five. Southern Maryland was finally able to plate a run in the eighth inning off of York reliever Jarret Martin. Kalaika Kahoohalahala, in his first plate appearance for the Blue Crabs on the season, singled to left-center field, scoring Ryan Wiggins from second. They picked up another run in the bottom of the ninth, as a Patrick Palmeiro single plated Cory Vaughn for the final run of the game.

Despite the loss tonight, the Blue Crabs were able to take the series two games to one, and remain atop the Freedom Division standings. They will take a one-game division lead into Bridgeport tomorrow, where they will face the Bluefish for the first time this season, and their first road trip of the year.

First Pitch in Bridgeport is slated for 4:05 P.M. as the Blue Crabs will turn to their all-time leader in wins, RHP Daryl Thompson (1-0). He will toe the rubber against the Bluefish starter, RHP Jonathon Albaladejo (1-0), who will also be making his second start of the season.

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 36 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 http://www.AtlanticLeague.com

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Thom Loverro talks Blue Crabs, Atlantic League on 106.7 The Fan

Thom Loverro, a columnist for The Washington Times, a host on 106.7 The Fan in DC, and the host of “Cigars & Curveballs“, joined Chad Dukes Vs The World on 106.7 on Wednesday to talk Blue Crabs baseball and the Atlantic League.

Loverro was a guest at Sunday’s doubleheader matchup between the Blue Crabs and Long Island and spoke very highly of his experience at the game. “Beautiful stadium, great presentation” said Loverro regarding his time at Regency Furniture Stadium. The two longtime radio personalities discussed the importance of minor league baseball and the quality of Atlantic League play.

Click here to listen: Chad Dukes Vs. the World

BLUE CRABS TAKE BOTH TO OPEN SERIES AGAINST YORK

(Waldorf, MD., Apr. 26, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (4-2) took game one of a Wednesday seven-inning doubleheader against the York Revolution (1-4) by a score of 2-0, before clinching the series with a dramatic 4-3 win in game two.

The Blue Crabs sent their all-time strikeout leader, Gaby Hernandez, to the mound for his first outing of the season in game one. The Blue Crabs picked up a run in the first after loading the bases off of Revs starter Victor Mateo (0-1). Mateo hit leadoff batter Gary Brown, before walking the second and third hitters to load the bases for cleanup hitter Michael Snyder, who rolled into a 5-4-3 double play that plated Brown from third.

Snyder scored Zach Wilson from first on a double to left-center field in the sixth, extending the Blue Crabs lead to 2-0. Those two runs were more than enough for Hernandez, who tossed six innings of scoreless ball, before turning the game over to closer Cody Eppley (S,2) for the save. Eppley loaded the bases with one out, but struck out the final two Revolution batters to close game one.

“Anytime you can pitch well you are going to compete in a ball game,” said Manager John Harris. “We would obviously like to see the offense improve but its early in the season, so for now we are relying on our pitching staff, which has been great so far and earned us a couple of wins already.”

The Blue Crabs sent their opening day starter, Justin De Fratus (1-1) to the rubber for game two, hoping to clinch the three-game series by taking both in the doubleheader. Brown once again got the Blue Crabs going, singling to lead off the bottom of the first, later scoring on a Snyder sacrifice fly. De Fratus gave up a run in the fourth, with a Joel Guzman fielder’s choice scoring Alonzo Harris. A Harris single in the fifth plated third baseman Bryan Pounds, giving the Revs their first lead of the day.

“I knew from my first warmup pitch tonight was going to be a battle,” said De Fratus. “These are the nights, though, that define you as a pitcher, and I had to battle through without my best stuff to try to get the job done for my team.”

The Blue Crabs tied the game in the fifth, when Edwin Garcia doubled to deep center field, scoring Patrick Palmeiro from first. Garcia scored on a Brown fielder’s choice, and put the Blue Crabs back ahead 3-2. De Fratus came back out for the sixth and put runners on the corners with one out for Revs catcher Luis Alen. Alen hit a dribbler to Palmeiro at third who forced the runner at second, but allowed Angel Franco to score, tying the game. De Fratus finished the inning, leaving as the pitcher of record for Southern Maryland as they came to bat in the bottom of the sixth. With one out in the inning, left-fielder Cory Vaughn hit a long home run to left field, his first as a Blue Crab, and put the team ahead 4-3. Reliever Sam Runion (S,1) worked the top of the seventh inning, allowing a one out walk, but working a scoreless inning to notch his first save.

“I knew my swing was coming, I felt it towards the end of our opening series,” said Vaughn. “I felt really good coming in to tonight’s games and I put a great swing on that ball to put my team ahead and allow us to clinch this series early. We aren’t a team that anyone in the Atlantic League can sleep on anymore, we are here to compete.”

The Blue Crabs continue their 10th Anniversary Season Thursday, April 27th as they wrap up their three-game set with York.. The Blue Crabs will send veteran lefty Pat Misch to the mound, as he will face off against another southpaw from York, Frank Gailey (1-0). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. 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 36 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 http://www.AtlanticLeague.com

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BLUE CRABS SPLIT DAY, SERIES WITH LONG ISLAND

Blue Crabs Split Seven Inning Doubleheader With Long Island Sunday

(Waldorf, MD., Apr. 23, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (2-2) took game one of a Sunday doubleheader against the Long Island Ducks (2-2) 6-1 before losing the second game 3-2, to split their opening series in their 10th Anniversary Season.

Led by six strong innings from starter Daryl Thompson (1-0) the Blue Crabs were able to secure at least a series split by winning game one of the doubleheader. The Blue Crabs jumped on Ducks starter Keith Couch (0-1) putting up four runs in the second inning, with a bases-loaded single from Mike Blanke plating the first two in the inning. A sacrifice fly from Gary Brown, followed by a Danny Muno single finished the scoring that inning, and opened up a big enough lead for Thompson to pitch comfortably. “I felt like I had good control of my stuff today. I was able to command the zone and get ahead of guys, this allowed me to stick to my game plan throughout and earn a win for my team,” said Thompson.

Thompson allowed just one run, a long solo homerun by Nate Freiman in the 4th inning, his second of the series. The Blue Crabs were able to respond in the bottom half of that innings when Gary Brown to Long Island reliever Rob Rogers deep to left field, for his first homerun of the season and open up the lead to 5-1, before adding another in 5th to bring the game to 6-1, where it would finish.

The Blue Crabs sent Brian Grening to the mound in game two today with the task of getting the team a series win. Grening threw six strong innings, leaving the game knotted up at 2-2. The Blue Crabs scored two runs for him in the first, with the leadoff hitter Brown reaching on a hit-by-pitch. He then stole second allowing a Zach Wilson single to drive him in, before Cory Vaughn was able to hit a sacrifice fly later in the innings to score Wilson from third.

Grening loaded the bases against the Ducks in the second, but pitched around it allowing just one run on a Dan Lyons sacrifice fly to score Marc Krauss. In the 5th a Nolan Reimold double, followed by a Krauss single tied the game. The Blue Crabs turned the game over to closer Cody Eppley (0-1) for the seventh. He gave up a two out walk to catcher Dominic Blanco, who was pinch-run for by Fehlandt Lentini. Lentini, in his 170th consecutive regular season game, stole second and scored on a Delta Cleary Jr. single to left and putting Long Island up 3-2. Reliever Amalio Diaz (S,1) worked a scoreless bottom of the seventh to pick up his first save, and solidify the win for David Aardsma (1-0) in the second of the seven inning games.

“I’m happy with a split of the series to open the season against a tough team like Long Island,” said Blue Crabs Manager John Harris. “I think we pitched great all weekend, especially today from our starters. Our offense will continue to improve and come along as the season goes on, but this is a good way to start it off for us.”

The Blue Crabs continue their 10th Anniversary Season Tuesday, April 25th as the York Revolution come to town. The Blue Crabs will send their all-time strikeout leader Gaby Hernandez to the mound for his first start this season. He is set to face off against York’s Victor Mateo, with first pitch slated for 6:35 P.M.

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 36 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 http://www.AtlanticLeague.com

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POWER ON DISPLAY AS BLUE CRABS BEAT LONG ISLAND FOR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON

(Waldorf, MD., Apr. 21, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (1-1) rallied late to claim a 6-5 victory over the Long Island Ducks (1-1) in their second game of their 10thanniversary season.

Long Island jumped out to an early lead, scoring 3 runs in the first off of Blue Crabs starter Pat Misch. The big blow in the inning was a deep two-run homer to left-center field by the Ducks first baseman Nate Freiman, his first on the season, putting Long Island ahead 3-0 early. After the top of the first, the game entered an hour long rain delay, putting an end to Misch’s Blue Crabs debut after just one inning of work.

A solo shot by Alex Burg in the second extended Long Island’s lead to 4-0, before the bats came alive for Southern Maryland in the bottom of the third. A leadoff single by Edwin Garcia started a rally in the inning, which, after a flyout, featured four straight singles from the top of the Blue Crabs lineup off of Long Island starter Rafael Perez. The Blue Crabs plated three runs in the inning and cut the deficit to 4-3, while ending Perez’s night after allowing 3 earned runs in 3 innings of work.

The Ducks scored another in fifth on an Alex Burg single, before the Blue Crabs were able to tie the game in the bottom of the 6th inning. Zach Cone drew a one out walk off of reliever Zac Treece, before Patrick Palmeiro hit a no-doubter to left field, sending it over the Mini Monster and giving the Blue Crabs new life in a 5-5 game.

Reliever Rob Carson (1-0) took over for the Blue Crabs, throwing a scoreless top of the eighth, after struggling in his outing yesterday. “I met with (pitching coach) James Frisbie after last night’s game and tweaked a little bit of my delivery,” Carson said after the game. “I felt like this changed a lot for me and allowed me to command the inside part of the plate better and help the team get a win.”

The Blue Crabs were able to take their first lead of the game in the bottom of the eighth, as newly acquired catcher Mike Blanke hit a long home run to left field off of Chen-Hui Tsao (0-1) to put the Blue Crabs ahead of his former team. This run allowed Southern Maryland to turn the game over to their closer, Cody Eppley (S,1) who worked a 1,2,3 bottom of ninth and notched his first save of the season.

“We had to rely on the bullpen a lot after a rain-shortened outing from our starter, but the guys fought hard and pitched well after the rain slowed down,” said Blue Crabs Manager John Harris. “I’m happy with the way the offense looked as well, but it comes down to defense and pitching which we lacked last night, but showed up tonight to get us the win.”

The Blue Crabs continue their 10th Anniversary Season Saturday, April 22nd against the Ducks at 6:35. The Blue Crabs will send a familiar face in RHP Daryl Thompson to the mound. He is set to face off against Long Island’s Keith Couch, who will be making his debut for The Flock.

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 36 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 http://www.AtlanticLeague.com

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