BLUE CRABS OFFENSE SPUTTERS IN LOSS TO PATRIOTS

July 6-postgame

Winning Pitcher: Connor Little (4-0)    Time of Game: 2:58
Losing Pitcher: Gaby Hernandez (1-6)  First Pitch: 7:11
Save: Jon Hunton (19)	                Game-Time Temperature: 88 Degrees

Starting Pitcher Lines
Pitcher			IP     H     R     ER     BB     SO     HR
Shaun Garceau (SOM)	4.1   7      4       4       2       1        1
Gaby Hernandez (SOMD)	5.1  11     5       5       0       6        1

Thursday’s Matchup
Long Island Ducks vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs-7:05 P.M.
RHP Kevin Vance (2-1, 6.05) – Long Island vs. RHP Tim Sexton (2-4, 5.05) – Southern Maryland

Waldorf, MD – The Blue Crabs gave up two early runs in the last game of the series against the Patriots on Wednesday evening and fell to Somerset by the final of 5-4. Starting pitcher Gaby Hernandez allowed two runs on four straight hits, but D’Arby Myers answered in the bottom of the frame with a solo shot to left to make the score 2-1.

In the bottom of the third, Eric Garcia reached first on a walk and scored to tie the game after a single by Bryant Nelson, a sacrifice bunt by D’arby Myers and a sacrifice fly Jamar Walton.

The Patriots took the lead again in the fifth after shortstop Mycal Jones and and left fielder Aharon Eggleston hit a triple and a double respectively. The Blue Crabs evened the score at four after back-to-back singles by Connor David and Eric Garcia and a pair of sacrifice hits later in the lineup.

Trayvon Robinson hit a home run in the sixth to make the score 5-4 and give the Patriots their third lead of the game. Gaby Hernandez exited the game later in the inning after hitting Patriots catcher Yovan Gonzalez with a pitch. Hernandez went five and one-third innings, giving up 11 hits, five earned runs, and striking out six.

Angel Flores led off the bottom of the ninth with a double to center field, but was picked off at second base for the first out of the inning. Jon Dziomba struck out and Ryde Rodriguez flew out to right to end the ballgame.  Southern Maryland has now lost seven straight games to Somerset and 10 of their last 11 to Liberty Division opponents.

The Blue Crabs will face the Long Island Ducks in a four-game series beginning tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium.  For tickets and information, log on to somdbluecrabs.com, or call 301-638-9788.  The game broadcast will also be available on youtube.com, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs page and on allinbroadcasting.com.  It all starts with “Blue Crabs on Deck” at 6:30 P.M. and the live play-by-play broadcast at 7:05 P.M. with Blue Crabs Broadcaster Jim Tarabocchia.

ABOUT THE SOUTHERN MARYLAND BLUE CRABS: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise opened its ninth season on Thursday April 21st, 2016. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

ABOUT THE ATLANTIC LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 34 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population. For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com

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