(Waldorf, MD., May 7, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (9-8), won the series finale of their three-game road series against the Long Island Ducks (8-9) 8-2, completing their first sweep of their 2017 10th Anniversary Season.
The Blue Crabs jumped on Long Island’s starting pitcher, Matt Larkins, putting up four runs in the top of the first inning. Southern Maryland started the game with six straight singles, before Patrick Palmeiro hit a sacrifice fly to center to record the first out of the game. Although Palmeiro went down as the first out, he was able to drive in Michael Snyder from third, putting the Blue Crabs ahead 4-0 early in the game.
Southern Maryland’s starter, Justin De Fratus (3-1), cruised through five innings of work, picking up his third win in four starts this season. De Fratus gave up just four hits in the game and only allowed one run, a solo home run from Nolan Reimold in the second inning. The outing lowered the righty’s ERA to 1.40 on the season, putting him third lowest among eligible starters in the Atlantic League.
The Blue Crabs piled on four more runs to extend their lead in the top of the fourth inning. Back-to-back bases loaded singles from Cory Vaughn and Snyder scored the first three runs in the inning. Palmeiro followed two batters later, picking up his second RBI on the day when he scored Vaughn on a single to right field. De Fratus went back to work with an 8-1 lead, and threw a scoreless bottom of the inning, before being lifted from the game after the fifth inning. He finished the game having thrown just 67 pitches, after a 112-pitch outing in his previous start.
Both bullpens traded scoreless innings in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, before Southern Maryland turned to reliever Jesse Beal to finish the game. The righty gave up a leadoff single to Cody Puckett, who advanced to third on a double from Dan Lyons. Beal picked up a strikeout to record the first out of the inning, before a sacrifice fly from Giovanny Alfonso scored Puckett, and brought the score to 8-2. Beal recovered quickly, getting Fehlandt Lentini on a ground out to second, finishing the game and solidifying the first series sweep of the year for the Blue Crabs.
The Blue Crabs return to action Monday, May 8th, as they travel to Lancaster to face the Barnstormers for the first time this season. Southern Maryland will send RHP Austin Fleet (0-0, 10.29 ERA) to the mound in game one of the three-game series. He will matchup against Lancaster’s RHP Brad Bergesen (1-0, 1.50 ERA), making his third start of the season for the Barnstormers. The teams enter this series tied for second in the Freedom Division, just one game behind the Sugar Land Skeeters. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. on Monday at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
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