Bridgeport, CT— After a washout on Monday night The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs played four hours and fifteen minutes of baseball Tuesday against the Bridgeport Bluefish at Harbor Yard ending the Crabs winning streak, but igniting a new one, splitting a doubleheader dropping the morning game 4-2 and hanging on for a 6-4 victory in the afternoon game.
The Bluefish jumped out to an early start scoring four runs in the first inning.
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs starting pitcher Tim Sexton walked the first two batters of the inning, including infielder Luis Hernandez and outfielder Endy Chavez. Infielder Jose Cuevas followed Chavez and laced an RBI single to plate Hernandez.
The offense continued to rattle Sexton. Still with no outs, Outfielder Jonathan Galvez ripped a triple to left field, allowing Chavez and Cuevas to trot home putting the Bluefish up 3-0. Sexton continued to struggle walking the next batter, infielder Luis An. Rodriguez hit into a room-service double-play ball but Galvez was still able to score to extend the lead 4-0.
Bluefish starter Blake Beavan effectively silenced the Blue Crabs for three innings but allowed two runs in the top of the fourth for his only blemish of the day.
Blue Crabs infielder Bryant Nelson opened up the frame with a ground rule double. He has been on a tear as of late and has reached base safely in the last 15 games. Michael Snyder continued his recent run of dominance with an RBI double, going three-for-three in game one.
Beavan was on his game in his 11th start for the Bluefish, holding Southern Maryland to five hits and two runs while striking out five. Beavan, who picked up his fourth win of the season, kept the Blue Crabs off balance for most of his performance, of his 83 pitches, 57 were strikes.
The Blue Crabs turned the tide in game two as they jumped on the Bluefish right away scoring four runs in the Second Inning and winning 6-4.
Left fielder Jamar Walton hit a tater to left field to put the Blue Crabs on the board 1-0. Designated hitter Alfredo Marte scored on an RBI double by shortstop Eric Garcia, second baseman Angel Sanchez came home on a fielder’s choice hit by right fielder D’arby Myers, and center fielder Gary Brown hit an RBI single to score Garcia as the Blue Crabs strung together a total of four hits in the inning.
Bridgeport got on the board in the bottom of the second to start the comeback, with Bluefish center fielder Anthony Giansanti driving in third baseman Angelys Nina with a single.
Blue Crabs first baseman Michael Snyder stayed hot and went three for four with 6 hits in the doubleheader, starting up the third inning with a sharp double to maintain their offensive momentum. Marte drove in Snyder on a sac fly to center. Angel Sanchez stroked an RBI double and Walton came around to score from first to pad the lead 6-2.
Blue Crabs starting pitcher Brian Burres was lifted in the bottom of the seventh after allowing the first three batters to reach base with no outs. Reliever Cody Eppley cooled the rally a bit inducing a double play, with Galvez scoring on the play and right fielder Wellington Dotel scoring on Nina’s RBI double before Eppley drew a Rossmel Perez ground out for the final out of the game.
The finale of the three game series will take place tomorrow at 7:12 P.M. It will be the rubber match of the three game series.
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