SOMERSET NJ.— Southern Maryland came into the day needing a win to salvage the series, and despite lasting 12 innings, the Blue Crabs picked up the 6-5 victory over the Somerset Patriots on Sunday evening.
For the third straight game in the series, Somerset jumped out to the early lead scoring a run in the first on a groundball double play. The Patriots added another in the bottom of the fourth on David Vidal’s solo homerun.
The Bulk of the scoring for both teams came in the sixth inning. Southern Maryland took the lead in their half with four runs scored. Eric Garcia singled in D’Arby Myers to get the scoring started. Zach Wilson drove in a run with an RBI groundout, and the next hitter Jamar Walton stepped to the dish and ripped and two run homerun to give the Blue Crabs a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the frame, Somerset recaptured the lead with three runs scored on David Vidal’s single and a two run homerun by former big leaguer Bryan LaHair to bring the score to 5-4.
Southern Maryland made their mark in the top of the seventh tying the game on Bryant Nelson’s RBI single off of RHP Mickey Storey who was summoned out of the bullpen.
Both bullpens held their respective opponents scoreless until the top of the 12th when Zach Wilson stepped up for Southern Maryland and smashed a double to left center that allowed Nelson to score. RHP Cody Eppley came on in the bottom of the frame and despite giving up two singles, wiggled out of the jam and recorded the save and securing the victory for Southern Maryland.
Both starting pitchers did not factor in the decision as RHP Gaby Hernandez went six innings, and allowed four earned runs. Former Blue Crab Shaun Garceau got the start for Somerset and went six innings, also allowing four earned runs. The two clubs also used 13 combined pitchers out of the bullpen.
On the offensive side of things, the Blue Crabs banged out 13 hits and have not reached double digit hits in three of the last four games.
Southern Maryland finishes the road trip 3-3 and will return home for a seven game road trip beginning tomorrow night with the Bridgeport Bluefish. The first pitch is set for 7:05 P.M. For tickets and information, log on to somdbluecrabs.com, or call 301-638-9788.
GAME BROADCAST vs. Bridgeport 8/15/16
6:30 P.M.: “Blue Crabs on Deck”
7:05 P.M.: Live Play-by-Play Broadcast
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