New Britain, CT—The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs fell on hard times in the Hardware City. The Crabs were stung by the New Britain Bees in the opening game of the four game series and suffered an 11-3 loss at New Britain Stadium Thursday night.
New Britain’s first baseman Jon Griffin homered two times and drove in six runs making him the offensive hero of the night. New Britain’s starting pitcher Jarret Leverett pitched a great game allowing just one earned run over seven innings pitched.
The Bees waxed Blue Crabs starting pitcher Gaby Hernandez in the first inning where they scored five runs. The damage started with a dropped third strike, a walk, a wild pitch, a couple of hits capped by second baseman James Skelton’s three run moonshot to land the Crabs in a hole they couldn’t claw their way out of.
New Britain kept piling on the runs in the fifth inning as third baseman Jovan Rosa hit an RBI single to score short stop Jake McGuiggan and Griffin cranked a two run shot to make the score 8-1 sending Hernandez to an early shower. Hernandez in total put in five innings of work allowing eight runs on seven hits.
The Blue Crabs avoided a shut out in the sixth inning when short stop Angel Sanchez came home on an RBI by first baseman Michael Snyder.
Snyder logged his 10th hit in the last 16 at bats to continue his wondrous ways and Blue Crabs third baseman Bryant Nelson recorded a hit and has now hit safely in 17 of the last 18 games and is five hits away from becoming the Atlantic League’s All-Time hits leader.
The Blue Crabs doubled their run total in the eighth inning when left fielder Antoan Richardson scored on infielder Norberto Susini’s RBI groundout who subbed in for Nelson.
The Blue Crabs tried to rally in the ninth inning after designated hitter Zach Wilson lead off with a solo home run to make the score 11-3 but the next two batters both struck out and catcher Angel Flores who singled to center field, but was forced at second base after short stop Eric Garcia hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
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