PATRIOTS FOIL BLUE CRAB DEBUT FOR FORNATARO
Blue Crabs Drop Game Two of Doubleheader
(Bridgewater, NJ., Jul. 26, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (8-11) lost game two the day-night doubleheader against the Somerset Patriots (10-8) 7-3, with Eric Fornataro struggling in his debut for Southern Maryland.
The Blue Crabs fell behind early, with the Patriots putting up a run in the bottom of the first. In his team debut for Southern Maryland, Fornataro walked the first two batters he faced. A single from Justin Pacchioli loaded the bases, setting up Yovan Gonzalez for a sacrifice fly to right field. Alfredo Rodriguez came across from third, opening the scoring in the matchup.
Southern Maryland rallied back in the second, putting up a pair of runs in the inning. Patrick Palmeiro started the rally with a one-out double, advancing to third on a Ryan Wiggins single. After a second out was recorded, Fornataro, batting for himself in the game, came through with a single to tie the game. Edwin Garcia followed with another single, scoring Wiggins to put the Blue Crabs ahead 2-1.
The Patriots responded quickly, stringing together three hits in the bottom half of the inning. Tom Marcinczyk started with a single, moving to scoring position on a Scott Kelly single. Rodriguez was next, singling to right field, allowing Marcinczyk to score from second, tying the game at 2-2.
After a scoreless third inning, Fornataro ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth. The right-hander picked up two quick outs, before Kelly reached on a single. A walk to Rodriguez followed, before a double from Justin Trapp plated both runners, giving Somerset the lead back. An error at first allowed Trapp to score, putting Pacchioli back on the bases as well. Pacchioli stole second, scoring easily on the Kyle Roller double that followed, extending the Patriots lead to 6-2.
The Blue Crabs attempted to mount a comeback in the sixth, loading the bases in the inning. Zach Cone led-off with a walk, with Luis Alen reaching on an error. After a strikeout and a fielder’s choice put two outs on the board, Brian Bistagne drew a walk to fill the bases. Rob Carson, the reliever that took over for Fornataro, was up next, striking out in his first at-bat of the season.
The threat was the last the Blue Crabs would get off the Somerset starter, Will Oliver (4-2). Oliver went seven innings, allowing just five hits while picking up nine strikeouts, before turning the four-run advantage over to his bullpen. Justin Wright came on in relief, giving up back-to-back singles to start the eighth. Palmeiro came through with a sacrifice fly, scoring Cone, and cutting the lead to 6-3.
The Patriots added another run in the bottom of the eighth, on a Pacchioli single to score Kelly. They turned their 7-3 advantage over to Ronnie Shaban in the top of the ninth. Shaban worked a 1-2-3 inning, locking down the third straight win for Somerset over the Blue Crabs.
The Blue Crabs return to Thursday, July 27th for the series finale against the Patriots. Southern Maryland will send RHP Brian Grening (7-4, 3.03) to the mound, looking to salvage a game in the series. He will matchup with Somerset’s RHP Lucas Irvine (7-2, 3.84), who was defeated by Southern Maryland back on June 29th. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 P.M on Thursday at TD Bank Ballpark.
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