(Waldorf, MD., May 1, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (5-6) fell 5-3 in 10 innings in game one of a four-game set vs the Sugar Land Skeeters (5-6).
Gaby Hernandez took the mound for the Blue Crabs in his second start of the 2017 season. After working 2.2 scoreless innings, he gave up a solo shot to Sugar Land’s Jeremy Barfield, opening the scoring. Sugar Land added to their lead, putting two more on the board in the fourth inning. An error at first allowed the leadoff man for the Skeeters, Joe Benson, to reach second. Benson scored on a Derek Miller single, before another single loaded the bases with one out. Hernandez struck out the next batter, before hitting Lance Zawadzki to score the runner from third, bringing the score to 3-0. Hernandez got Barfield to ground out, ending the inning and stranding three baserunners.
Zach Cone led off the bottom of the fourth with his second of three doubles on the night Patrick Palmeiro followed with a single to shallow center, scoring Cone from second and cutting the lead to 3-1. Cone double again in the sixth, with Palmeiro once again doing the damage, this time tying the game on a two-run homer to left-center field. The bullpen’s traded scoreless innings for the seventh, eighth, and ninth, taking the game to extra innings.
In the top of the 10th inning, Joe Benson singled once again, this time with one out off of David Russo (0-1). Nelson hit a high fly ball that just crept over the left field wall, giving Sugar Land a 5-3 lead. They turned the bottom of the 10th over to their closer, Felipe Paulino (S,4), who put men on the corners, but got Cone swinging to end the game.
The Blue Crabs take on Sugar Land again Tuesday, May 2nd in game two of the four-game series. Southern Maryland will send opening day starter RHP Justin De Fratus (1-1, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, looking to even the series. He will face RHP Michael Nix (0-2, 4.38 ERA) the Skeeters. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Tuesday for Golf Night at Regency Furniture Stadium, brought to you by Swan Point Yacht and Country Club.
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