BLUE CRABS DROP FINALE, SERIES IN LANCASTER
Blue Crabs lose finale 8-2 against Barnstormers
(Waldorf, MD., May 10, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (10-10) lost the finale of their three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers (11-9) 8-2, as well as dropping the road series two games to one.
Southern Maryland sent RHP Brian Grening (1-1) to the mound, looking for back-to-back series wins during their six-game road trip. Grening started strong, holding the Barnstormers scoreless through his first three innings of work. Lancaster broke through in the fourth inning, putting up three runs behind three straight hits to lead off the inning. K.C. Hobson reached on a single to start the inning, before scoring on a Kevin Ahrens’ double. Blake Gailen followed with another double, scoring Ahrens from second. A sacrifice fly from Vladamir Frias scored Gailen, and brought the score to 3-0. Grening silenced the Barnstormers the rest of the day, giving up just the three runs on six hits, in his seven innings of work.
The Blue Crabs threatened in the fourth inning, putting the leadoff runner on against Bryan Evans (1-1), the starter for Lancaster. Jose Lozada picked up a leadoff single, before getting caught stealing for the second out in the inning. The Blue Crabs then picked up back-to-back singles with two outs, before Evans worked out of the inning. He was removed from the game in the top of the eighth inning, after tossing seven scoreless innings, giving up just four hits.
Southern Maryland threatened again in the top of the eighth, when John Anderson came in to relieve Evans. Edwin Garcia led off the inning with a single, before a one-out single from Ryan Wiggins brought the tying run to the plate for the Blue Crabs. After a Lozada strikeout, Danny Muno flared a double down the right-field line, scoring Garcia for the first run of the day for Southern Maryland. After Cody Hall (S,3) replaced Anderson on the mound, Cory Vaughn dug in with the tying run on second and two-outs. After fighting off the first payoff pitch, Vaughn took the seventh pitch of the at-bat for a called third strike, allowing Lancaster to escape the inning leading 3-1.
The Barnstormers broke the game open in the bottom of the inning, putting up five unearned runs off Southern Maryland’s reliever, Sam Runion. After Runion loaded the bases with two outs, an error cost Southern Maryland the first run in the inning. Now leading 4-1, Frias stepped in for Lancaster and took Runion deep, for his first grand slam this season.
Now leading 8-1, Hall returned the mound for the Barnstormers, looking to record a four-out save. He gave up a leadoff homerun to Zach Wilson, but then sat down the last three batters in a row, picking up two strikeouts and notching his third save of the season. The loss drops Southern Maryland a game behind the Barnstormers, as the teams came into the series tied for second in the Freedom Division.
The Blue Crabs return home Thursday, May 11th for the season opener against the Somerset Patriots. Southern Maryland will send RHP Gaby Hernandez (1-0, 2.11 ERA) to the mound, looking to win the opener of the four-game series. He will matchup with Somerset’s RHP Lucas Irvine (0-0, 2.87 ERA), looking to pick up his first win of the season for the Patriots. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Thursday at Regency Furniture Stadium.
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