BLUE CRABS DROP SERIES OPENER AGAINST LANCASTER
Blue Crabs Lose 3-1 against Barnstormers on Late Homerun
(Waldorf, MD., May 16 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (12-13) lost the opener of their three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers (14-11) 3-1, after a ninth inning homerun put the Barnstormers ahead for the first time in the game.
Southern Maryland sent RHP Brian Grening (1-1) to the mound to face Lancaster for his second outing against them in a row. Grening pitched well all night for the Blue Crabs, giving up just six hits over seven innings of work. He faced trouble in the third inning, when Lancaster put runners on second and third with two outs, before Grening forced a ground ball to work out of it.
Lancaster’s starter, LHP Nate Reed, was perfect through 4.1 innings, when Cory Vaughn drove a ground-rule double in the bottom of the fifth. Devon Rodriguez followed with a single through the infield, scoring Vaughn, and putting the Blue Crabs up 1-0. Lancaster tied the game in the top of the seventh, when Anderson De La Rosa kept a dribbler down the third-base line fair, scoring Blake Gailen from third.
Southern Maryland threatened in the bottom of the seventh, once again following the lead of Vaughn. He lined a one-out single back up the middle, advancing to second on an error from the center-fielder. Rodriguez followed with a single off his own, driving a liner off the pitcher Reed, and putting runners on the corners with still one out. Lancaster reliever Kevin Munson came in, immediately walking Patrick Palmeiro to load the bases. He worked around the jam, getting the next batter, Jose Lozada, to ground into a 3-2-3 double play, stranding the runners and holding the 1-1 tie.
After a scoreless eighth inning, the Blue Crabs sent Cody Eppley to the mound (0-2), working in his third non-save opportunity in a row. The lead-off runner reached on an error, before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. Trayvon Robinson dug in with one-out, and delivered a dramatic two-run homerun off the left field foul pole, putting the Barnstormers ahead 3-1.
A scoreless bottom of the ninth from Anthony Carter (S,3), locked up game one for Lancaster, and moved the Barnstormers into a tie for first in the Freedom Division. The Blue Crabs fall to 12-13 on the season, two games behind the Barnstormers and Sugar Land Skeeters in the division.
The Blue Crabs return to action Wednesday, May 17th against the Barnstormers. Southern Maryland will send RHP Gaby Hernandez (1-0, 2.11 ERA) to the mound, looking to even the series. He will matchup with Lancaster’s RHP Bryan Evans (1-1, 3.86 ERA), who beat the Blue Crabs his last time out. First pitch is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday at Regency Furniture Stadium for Baseball in Education Day.
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