Blue Crabs split doubleheader with Skeeters. Cliburn now just one win away from 1,500 win milestone.

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(Sugar Land TX., June 1st, 2015) – Blue Crabs manager Stan Cliburn came into the doubleheader tonight just two wins away from 1,500 in his managerial career.  Southern Maryland took game one by the final of 5-1 and fell to Sugar Land in game two, 13-5.

In game one, Southern Maryland struck first by scoring a run in the top of the third.  Jamar Walton hit a solo home run, his first of the year, to give the Blue Crabs the lead.  With two outs in the top of the fourth, Cyle Hankerd hit a solo homer off of the top of the wall to make it 2-0.  Hankerd would homer again to lead off a three-run top of the seventh inning.  Following the home run, Gustavo Molina singled and was followed by a Daryle Ward double to put runners at second and third.  After starter Sean Gallagher was pulled for Cory VanAllen, Casey Stevenson singled to score Molina.  The next hitter, Jamar Walton, hit a sacrifice fly to score Ward to make it 5-0.

Sugar Land added a run in the bottom of the seventh, but RHP Shaun Garceau pitched a complete game (seven innings), allowing a run on three hits while striking out five.  The Blue Crabs also banged out seven hits, led by Cyle Hankerd and Casey Stevenson – each had two hits apiece.

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In game two, Sugar Land came out swinging, scoring 13 runs on 12 hits.
 Each team scored a run in the first inning.  In the top of the second,
Southern Maryland scored four runs.  Jamar Walton led off with a
single.  The next hitter, Craig Maddox, doubled to score Walton from
first.  Antone DeJesus then singled to put runners at first and third.
Fred Lewis drew an eight-pitch walk, and with runners at every base,
Renny Osuna singled to score Maddox and DeJesus.  Two batters later,
with runners at first and third, Daryle Ward singled to score Fred Lewis
bring the score to 5-1.

Sugar Land’s offense took over scoring 12
runs over the next four innings.  After scoring a run in the bottom of
the third, Chris Wallace singled to start the bottom of the fourth.
Patrick Palmeiro followed with a single, and a Denny Almonte walk loaded the bases.  Amadeo Zazueta hit a bases-clearing double, scoring
Wallace, Palmeiro, and Almonte.  Sean Keeler came out of the bullpen in
relief for starter Brian Burres, and the next hitter, Willy Taveras,
dropped down a sacrifice bunt and reached third on a throwing error by
Keeler. The play also allowed Zazueta to score.  Dustin
Martin drove in Taveras with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-5.

In
the bottom of the fifth, with Chris Wallace at third, Denny Almonte
drove in Wallace with a sacrifice fly.  After a Zazueta single and a
stolen base, Willy Taveras singled to score Zazueta to make it 9-5.  

The
Skeeters capped off their scoring with four runs in the bottom of the
sixth.  Delwyn Young led off with a double, followed by an error by the
right fielder Fred Lewis to allow Barfield to reach and put runners
at first and third.  Beamer Weems hit a sacrifice fly to center to score
Young.  Two batters later, with runners at first and second, Palmeiro
doubled to score both Barfield and Wallace.  Later in the inning, Zazueta singled in Palmeiro to bring the score to 13-5.  

Blue
Crabs starter Brian Burres made his return to the rotation, throwing
just three innings, allowing six runs, on six hits, and walking four.
In game two, Delwyn Young went 3-3 with two RBIs out of the number three
spot in the order, and Amadeo Zazueta went 3-3 with four RBIs in game
two out of the ninth spot in the order.

The Blue Crabs and
the Skeeters conclude their seven game set tomorrow evening in Sugar
Land Texas.  RHP Jon Leicester (1-0, 0.90 ERA) will throw for Southern
Maryland, and RHP Roy Merritt (1-0, 0.00) will toss for Sugar Land.
The first pitch is scheduled for 8:05pm EST.

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