WP: B. Burres (3-5), LP: S. Gallagher (1-7), TIME: 2:37
(Sugar Land, TX. July 11th 2015) — Southern
Maryland continued their hitting ways tonight, as they banged out 11 hits and
scored five runs to defeat the Sugar Land Skeeters by the 5-2 final.
Both teams were held scoreless until the top of the fifth
inning, where Southern Maryland scored the first run of the game. Jamar
Walton led off with a single. Anthony Vega then dropped down a sacrifice
bunt, and Casey Frawley grounded out to move Walton to third. With two
out, Fred Lewis lashed a single to center to score Walton to make it 1-0.
Sugar Land provided an answer in the bottom of the sixth.
Chris Wallace led off with a double. Two batters later, Renny Osuna
banged a single to right to score Wallace to tie the game at 1-1.
Southern Maryland retook the lead in the top of the
seventh. After Jake Optiz led things off with a single, he was thrown out
trying to steal second. With two outs, Anthony Vega doubled, and the next
hitter Casey Frawley traded places with him, doubling to right center to score
Vega to make it 2-1 Blue Crabs.
The Blue Crabs added three insurance runs in the top of the
ninth. Jake Opitz led off with a rocket double to right center. Two
batters later, Anthony Vega was intentionally walked to put two runners
on. Opitz then scored on an error by the second baseman Renny
Osuna. Fred Lewis then drove in Frawley with a triple. The next
hitter Casey Stevenson singled to center to score Lewis to make it 5-1.
The Skeeters added a run in the bottom of the ninth on a
Patrick Palmeiro solo homrun, but were held scoreless the rest of the way to
bring the final to a 5-2 Blue Crabs victory. Fred Lewis went 3-4 out of
the leadoff spot, driving in two runs. Fred is now nine for his last 14
in the last three games combined. LHP Brian Burres picked up the victory
on the mound, going six innings, allowing a run on eight hits, and striking out
three. His counterpart Sean Gallagher suffered the loss, going seven
innings, allowing two runs, on eight hits.
Renny Osuna was traded to the Skeeters right before the
ballgame, and was in the starting lineup playing second base. Batting in
the seventh spot in the order, Osuna went 2-4 with an RBI.
Game three of the series will commence tomorrow with a 5:05
P.M. first pitch. The Blue Crabs will be looking for their fourth sweep
of the season. RHP Daryl Thompson (2-1, 1.77) will start for Southern
Maryland, while LHP Roy Merritt (2-2, 1.29) will throw for Sugar Land.