(Waldorf, MD., April 27th, 2015)– Coming into the night, the Blue Crabs bullpen was 0-2 with a 6.56 ERA. The struggles continued tonight as the Blue Crabs fell to the Long Island Ducks 4-1 in game one of a four game set.
The Blue Crabs bullpen of Santos, Berg, Grening, and Hamren allowed three runs, on four hits, and walking six Ducks hitters.
The scoring started in the top of the fourth with Ducks centerfielder Lew Ford hitting a line drive home run over the wall in left center. The Blue Crabs countered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame. Jake Opitz led off the inning with the first Blue Crabs triple of the season. Daryle Ward came up next and drove in Opitz with an RBI Single.
In the seventh inning, Orlando Santos walked two batters and was relieved by Justin Berg, who struck out Reegie Corona. Anthony Vega then came to the plate and hit a flare single to shallow right to load the bases. Dan Lyons came up to the plate and drove in two runs with a single to right to bring the score to 3-1. Long Island would add a run in the 8th on an RBI Walk by Reegie Corona bringing the final score to 4-1.
Offensively, Daryle Ward continues to hit well for Southern Maryland. He knocked in the Blue Crabs only run, getting two hits in the process. Reegie Corona went 2-4 with an RBI. The two-three-four hitters of Crawford, Ford, and Morales each had a hit a piece.
Neither teams’ starting pitchers factored into the decision. Right-handed starter Brian Baker pitched well for the Blue Crabs, going five innings, allowing a run on three hits, and striking out five. Sergio Perez threw five innings as well, allowing a run on three hits, walking two and striking out six. Carmine Giardina picked up the win out of the bullpen throwing a scoreless inning, while Ryan Kussmaul picked up his third save of the season.
The Ducks (3-1) and the Blue Crabs (1-3) continue their series tomorrow night at Regency Furniture Stadium. LHP Eric Niesen (0-0, 0.00) will toe the rubber for Long Island, while RHP Jake Hale (0-0, 0.00) will make his first start of the season. The first pitch is at 7:05.