BLUE CRABS LOSE TIGHT GAME TWO AGAINST LANCASTER
Blue Crabs Come Up Short 8-7 Against Barnstormers
(Waldorf, MD., May 16, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (12-14) lost the second game of their three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers (15-11) 8-7, with Lancaster putting up four runs in the seventh inning.
Gaby Hernandez went to the mound for the Blue Crabs, looking to even the series and bring the Blue Crabs within a game of the division lead. He fell behind early when pesky lead-off man Darian Sandford reached base, scoring on a two-out single from Sean Halton. Southern Maryland responded in the bottom of the inning, when Zach Wilson put them ahead 2-1, on a two-run homerun to deep left-center field.
The lead didn’t last long, as the Barnstormers tied the game up in the second. Lastings Milliedge started the inning with a single, before scoring on another two-out single, this one off the bat of Tyler Clark. The tie remained until the bottom of the fourth, when Milliedge slipped on a Jose Lozada fly ball, allowing Lozada to coast to a triple, scoring Patrick Palmeiro from first.
Lancaster regained the lead in the top of the sixth off Hernandez. The inning led off with a K.C. Hobson solo homerun, tying the game 3-3. Three straight hits followed that, with Halton crossing the plate to put the Barnstormers ahead by one run. The Blue Crabs responded once again, this time with a little help from the Barnstormers defense. Cory Vaughn reached on an error, when the second baseman for Lancaster dropped a pop fly to start the inning. He advanced on a sacrifice fly, before scoring on a Lozada single. Gary Brown picked up his third hit off the day, scoring Palmeiro and giving the Blue Crabs a 5-4 lead.
It was then Lancaster’s turn to take a swing, as the back and forth action continued in the seventh inning. Three straight singles to lead-off the inning put across the tying run, before reliever Austin Fleet (0-2) could record an out. After a fly-out, Fleet was lifted from the game for Rob Carson. Carson gave up back-to-back singles, scoring two more, before Milledge came across for the fourth run in the inning.
Now trailing 8-5 the Blue Crabs offense was once again sent up to get the team back in the game. Michael Snyder and Zach Wilson starter the inning with a single and a double, before a sacrifice fly from Vaughn plated the first run. Devon Rodriguez singled after the sacrifice fly, scoring Wilson from third, and bringing the lead to 8-7.
Southern Maryland’s reliever Jesse Beal loaded the bases in the top of the ninth, before getting a 6-4-3 double play to work out of the jam, giving his team the chance to take the game in the bottom half of the inning. Vaughn got it started once again, with Rodriguez following with another single. With runners at the corners and nobody out, Patrick Palmeiro hit a hard grounder to shortstop Jeff Kobernus. Kobernus fired home, catching Vaughn in a rundown and forcing him out for the first of the inning. Closer Anthony Carter (S,4) then got a fly ball from Lozada, and a groundout from Mike Blanke, to finish off the nail-biter, and pick up the second win in the series for Lancaster.
The Blue Crabs return to action Thursday, May 18th for the series finale against the Barnstormers. Southern Maryland will send LHP Pat McCoy (0-1, 7.36 ERA) to the mound, looking to salvage a game in the series. He will matchup with Lancaster’s LHP Rommie Lewis (2-2, 4.86 ERA), in his first start against the Blue Crabs this season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Thursday at Regency Furniture Stadium.
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