(Waldorf, MD., May 4, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (6-8) lost the series finale 5-1, in a rain-shortened game against the visiting Sugar Land Skeeters (7-7) on Thursday.
The Blue Crabs were able to get a lead for starter Daryl Thompson (1-2) in the second inning, as Zach Cone came across to score his fifth run of the series, this time coming on a Patrick Palmeiro single to center. The run came off of reliever Bobby Blevins (1-0), who was forced into action after just one batter, when starter Zech Zinicola was removed from the game due to injury.
Sugar Land tied the game in the fifth inning, when a sacrifice fly from Andy Wilkins scored Joe Benson, after Benson led off the inning with a triple. The rain began to come down as Thompson came back out for his sixth inning of work, with the game still tied at 1-1. The Skeeters took their first lead of the night in the top of the inning, 2-1, when Lance Zawadzki scored from third on a ground ball from Benson.
The lead was extended in the seventh, when reliever Austin Fleet came in for the Blue Crabs, struggling with his command while the rain came down around him. He gave up a leadoff walk, before a triple from Anthony Giansanti scored the first run of the inning. Sugar Land picked up two more runs in the inning, as Giansanti and Zawadzki came across to score, bringing their lead to 5-1.
Blevins was lifted from the game after 5.2 strong innings of work, as he was followed by fellow relievers Andrew Johnston and Dustin Richardson. Both were able to come in and work scoreless innings, before turning the four-run lead over to Evan Reed in the ninth. After a leadoff walk to Cory Vaughn, the home plate umpire asked the grounds crew to work on the mound and plate, which had soaked up water through three innings of rain. The work wasn’t enough though, as the rain continued to pour down the conditions were deemed unplayable by the umpiring crew. After a 30-minute rain delay, the field was deemed unplayable, ending the game where it was. The Blue Crabs dropped the finale 5-1, losing the series 3-1 as well, with Sugar Land jumping them in the standing of the Freedom Division by one game.
The Blue Crabs return to action Friday, May 5th in the opener of the three-game series on the road against the Long Island Ducks. Southern Maryland will send RHP Brian Grening (0-0, 4.15 ERA) to the mound, as he looks to pick up his first win of the 2017 season. He will matchup against RHP Tim Melville (0-1, 4.00 ERA) for the Ducks. These two will face for a second time on the year, with Long Island taking the first matchup between the pitchers 3-2. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Friday at Bethpage Ballpark.
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