(Waldorf, MD., Apr. 21, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (1-1) rallied late to claim a 6-5 victory over the Long Island Ducks (1-1) in their second game of their 10thanniversary season.
Long Island jumped out to an early lead, scoring 3 runs in the first off of Blue Crabs starter Pat Misch. The big blow in the inning was a deep two-run homer to left-center field by the Ducks first baseman Nate Freiman, his first on the season, putting Long Island ahead 3-0 early. After the top of the first, the game entered an hour long rain delay, putting an end to Misch’s Blue Crabs debut after just one inning of work.
A solo shot by Alex Burg in the second extended Long Island’s lead to 4-0, before the bats came alive for Southern Maryland in the bottom of the third. A leadoff single by Edwin Garcia started a rally in the inning, which, after a flyout, featured four straight singles from the top of the Blue Crabs lineup off of Long Island starter Rafael Perez. The Blue Crabs plated three runs in the inning and cut the deficit to 4-3, while ending Perez’s night after allowing 3 earned runs in 3 innings of work.
The Ducks scored another in fifth on an Alex Burg single, before the Blue Crabs were able to tie the game in the bottom of the 6th inning. Zach Cone drew a one out walk off of reliever Zac Treece, before Patrick Palmeiro hit a no-doubter to left field, sending it over the Mini Monster and giving the Blue Crabs new life in a 5-5 game.
Reliever Rob Carson (1-0) took over for the Blue Crabs, throwing a scoreless top of the eighth, after struggling in his outing yesterday. “I met with (pitching coach) James Frisbie after last night’s game and tweaked a little bit of my delivery,” Carson said after the game. “I felt like this changed a lot for me and allowed me to command the inside part of the plate better and help the team get a win.”
The Blue Crabs were able to take their first lead of the game in the bottom of the eighth, as newly acquired catcher Mike Blanke hit a long home run to left field off of Chen-Hui Tsao (0-1) to put the Blue Crabs ahead of his former team. This run allowed Southern Maryland to turn the game over to their closer, Cody Eppley (S,1) who worked a 1,2,3 bottom of ninth and notched his first save of the season.
“We had to rely on the bullpen a lot after a rain-shortened outing from our starter, but the guys fought hard and pitched well after the rain slowed down,” said Blue Crabs Manager John Harris. “I’m happy with the way the offense looked as well, but it comes down to defense and pitching which we lacked last night, but showed up tonight to get us the win.”
The Blue Crabs continue their 10th Anniversary Season Saturday, April 22nd against the Ducks at 6:35. The Blue Crabs will send a familiar face in RHP Daryl Thompson to the mound. He is set to face off against Long Island’s Keith Couch, who will be making his debut for The Flock.
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