(Waldorf, MD., May 3, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (6-7) lost 12-11 in game three of a four-game series with the Sugar Land Skeeters (6-7) on Wednesday.
The scoring started early in the game, as Gary Brown hit a leadoff home run, his second of the year for the Blue Crabs. An error on Sugar Land’s Chris Nelson plated Danny Muno from third, before a Zach Cone sacrifice fly scored the final run of the first inning, as Zach Wilson tagged up to extend the lead to 3-0.
Sugar Land scored their first run of the game in the third, as three straight hits scored Derek Miller, cutting the lead to 3-1. Southern Maryland’s starter Pat Misch (0-2) struggled in the fourth, giving up a two-run home run to Travis Scott to tie the game at 3-3. An error at shortstop scored the third run of the inning for Sugar Land, giving them their first lead of the afternoon 4-3. They extended the lead off of Misch with a huge fifth inning, hitting two home runs off of Misch. After a two-out single, the starter was lifted from the game and replaced by reliever Sam Runion. Runion gave up a two-run shot to the first batter he faced, as Josh Prince took the Sugar Land lead to 10-3, as the Skeeters scored six runs in the inning behind their three home runs.
Southern Maryland responded in the bottom of the fifth inning, putting up six runs of their own. Back-to-back doubles put runners on second and third for Zach Cone, who picked up his second RBI of the day on a single. When Skeeter’s starter Brett Marshall walked in a run, he was pulled from the game with the bases loaded and a 10-5 lead. Reliever Sean Gleason (1-0) came out of the bullpen and gave up a grand slam to Ryan Wiggins, his first home run as a Blue Crab and first professional grand slam. “I knew I was behind in my first two at-bats so when I got in a fastball count I was just looking to shoot a single up the middle,” said Wiggins. “(Gleason) left a fastball inside though and I was able to turn on it and bring the game back to just one run deficit for my team.”
Jeremy Barfield led off the seventh for Sugar Land, hitting his second solo shot of the game, and giving Sugar Land a 11-9 lead. They extended the lead further in the eighth innings, as Barfield scored his third run of the game on a Scott double. The
Blue Crabs were able to fight back once again in the bottom of the eighth, as Gary Brown and Zach Wilson both scored their second runs of the game. Southern Maryland then loaded the bases, trailing just 12-11. With two outs, reliever Mark Haynes (S,1) was able to strand the runners, jamming Edwin Garcia for a dribbler back up the middle to end the inning.
Southern Maryland threatened Haynes again in the bottom of the ninth putting two runners on after Ryan Wiggins led off with a single and Muno drew his fourth walk of the afternoon. Haynes was once again able to strand the Southern Maryland runners, as the Blue Crabs ended the afternoon having left 11 runners on base and losing by just one run.
“The guys fought hard all day and just came up a little bit short today,” said Manager John Harris. “Conditions were tough with the wind blowing out all day, but our guys fought hard and stayed in it all day. I’ll never question our guy’s effort and their desire to win, and with the bats coming along we will get where we want to be soon.”
The Blue Crabs take on Sugar Land again Thursday, May 4th in the finale of the four-game series. Southern Maryland will send veteran starter RHP Daryl Thompson (1-1, 2.08 ERA) to the mound looking to finish the series on a win. He will face off against RHP Zech Zinicola (0-2, 6.30 ERA) for the Skeeters. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Thursday for Educator Appreciation Day at Regency Furniture Stadium.
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