BLUE CRABS SWEPT BY BARNSTORMERS AT HOME
Blue Crabs Drop Finale 9-8 Against Lancaster
(Waldorf, MD., May 18, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (12-15) lost the finale of their three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers (16-11) 9-8, as Lancaster finished the sweep.
Southern Maryland’s starter, Pat McCoy, struggled early in the game, before recovering to give up just two runs over six innings of work. McCoy got behind early, when Anderson De La Rosa hit a two-run homerun, putting the Barnstormers ahead 2-0. The Blue Crabs recovered with a big third inning, putting across four runs. Three singles led off the inning, scoring Gary Brown. A Cory Vaughn singled plated Edwin Garcia, with Michael Snyder scoring on a wild pitch in the next at-bat. Patrick Palmeiro closed the scoring in the inning, when he doubled down the left field line, scoring Vaughn and putting the Blue Crabs ahead 4-2.
They extended that lead in the fourth inning, behind two homeruns of their own. Gary Brown started it off, when he hit his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot to deep left field. Garcia followed with his second hit of the night, and two batters later Zach Wilson hit a two-run shot, putting the Blue Crabs ahead 7-2.
McCoy was lifted after six innings of work, turning the five-run lead over to his bullpen. Reliever Sam Runion continued his struggles against the Barnstormers, as he allowed 4 straight runners to reach, before being removed without recording an out. Rob Carson (2-1) followed him, walking in a run, and then giving up a two-run double to Lastings Milledge, tying the game 7-7. Carson was removed for Jesse Beal, who promptly gave up a two-run homerun to the first man he saw, as Garrett Weber broke the tie, giving Lancaster as 9-7 lead.
The Blue Crabs rallied in the eighth inning, as a Devon Rodriguez single scored Vaughn. Southern Maryland put runners on the corners with two outs, when the game went into a rain delay. After almost two hours of delay, the Blue Crabs returned to the late, but stranded the runners after Scott Shuman struck out the only batter he faced.
Lancaster sent Cody Hall (S,4) to the mound to lock down the save, as well as the sweep. Jose Lozada battled, reaching base on a single after seeing 10 pitches in the at-bat. Hall picked up a strikeout, before Gary Brown flew out to center, stranding the 11th Blue Crabs baserunner of the game. This was the first time Southern Maryland had been swept this season, and extended their season-high losing streak to four games.
The Blue Crabs return to action Friday, May 19th on the road against the Bridgeport Bluefish. Southern Maryland will send RHP Daryl Thompson (2-2, 4.06 ERA) to the mound, looking to pick up the win in the series opener. He will matchup with Lancaster’s RHP Tyler Badamo (1-1, 0.42 ERA), in his first start against the Blue Crabs this season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:12 P.M. on Friday at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
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