(Waldorf, MD., May 12th 2015) – Southern Maryland came into the night hitting at a .324 clip in their last five games, and the offensive output continued here tonight, propelling them to a 7-5 victory over the Sugar Land Skeeters and a sixth straight win.
The Blue Crabs got on the board first in the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run to left field off the bat of Gustavo Molina. The Skeeters would tie the game in the top of the third. Travis Scott would flare a single to center field. Patrick Palmeiro would then hit a fly ball that was mishandled by Fred Lewis in right center field to put two runners on. After a sacrifice bunt by Amadeo Zazueta to move runners to second and third, Kevin Russo would tie the game with a sacrifice fly.
Southern Maryland would counter with two runs in the bottom of the third. Antone DeJesus would have a fastball graze his jersey. DeJesus would steal second, and two batters later, Zach Wilson would double in DeJesus. Hankerd would then walk, and on a wild pitch Wilson would advance to third. Gustavo Molina would then drive in Wilson with the sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.
Sugar Land would then attempt to chip away. In the top of the fourth, Beamer Weems would lead off the inning with a single. Two batters later, Chris Wallace would single, followed up by a Dustin Martin would then extend his hitting streak to 13 games with a single to score Weems.
In the top of the fifth, Patrick Palmeiro would lead off the inning with a solo home run to left center to tie the game at 3 apiece. In the bottom of the fourth, the Blue Crabs would put up a four spot on the board. With one out, Renny Osuna would reach base via an infield single. The next hitter, Zach Wilson, would double to put runners at second and third. Cyle Hankerd would then come up, and in his second game back from a mild concussion, Cyle would hit a three run shot to left. Gustavo Molina would then homer over the wall in left center field to give the Blue Crabs a 7-3 lead.
A rally for the Skeeters would come in the top of the sixth. Delwyn Young would lead off the inning with a single. Chris Wallace would reach base on a throwing error by pitcher Sean Keeler. The next batter Dustin Martin would then single to score Young. Denny Almonte would walk, and LHP Trey Barham would be called out of the bullpen. Three batters later with the bases loaded Barham would get Amadeo Zazueta to ground into a 4-6-3 double play.
The bullpen combination of Barham, Berg, and Hamren would hold it down for the Blue Crabs in the late innings, with Hamren picking up his fifth save of the season. LHP Wade Korpi picked up his first win of the season, going five innings and striking out five in a spot start. Korpi made the start for RHP Gaby Hernandez, who was placed on the inactive list. Meanwhile, the combination of Wilson, Hankerd, and Molina went 6-10 with all seven runs driven in.
Game two of the three-game set will be played tomorrow. RHP Shane Loux (0-0, 2.45) will start for the Skeeters, while RHP Brian Baker (0-0, 4.59 ERA) will throw for Southern Maryland. The first pitch is scheduled for an early start time of 10:35 A.M.