BLUE CRABS END SKID WITH VICTORY IN SERIES OPENER AGAINST LANCASTER
Blue Crabs Knock Off Barnstormers 11-2 in Return Home
(Waldorf, MD., May 22, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (14-17) took the series opener of their four-game set at home against the Lancaster Barnstormers (18-13) 11-2, behind five RBI’s from Zach Wilson.
The Blue Crabs fell behind early, when Gaby Hernandez (2-0) allowed a run in the top of the second inning. Sean Halton walked for the Barnstormers with one out, scoring on a Blake Gailen double the next batter, and giving Lancaster a 1-0 lead. The Blue Crabs were able to respond with a big inning of their own, putting up two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Michael Snyder starter the scoring, when he singled with runners on the corners to score Patrick Palmeiro. A single from Zach Wilson scored the second run of the inning, putting Southern Maryland ahead 2-1.
Lancaster tied the game up in the fifth inning, when a two-out single from Caleb Gindl scored Tyler Clark from second. However, the game wasn’t tied for long, as the Blue Crabs bats came to life in the bottom half of the inning. Gary Brown and Edwin Garcia led off the inning, reaching on a walk and a single. Brown advanced to third on a sacrifice fly, a Wilson single scored him. A bases-loaded single from Devon Rodriguez scored two more, before Luis Alen drove in Cory Vaughn with a single of his own, putting Southern Maryland ahead 6-2
Snyder came back up in the fifth, and added one more run with a solo shot to left-center field. The homerun was Snyder’s seventh of the season, and his fourth in the last three games.
“I’m seeing the ball really well right now and it feels great coming off the bat,” said Snyder. “I was always taught growing up that you’re only as good as your next at bat, so I don’t worry about what I did yesterday. I try to focus on my preparation for every game and get myself ready to help my team in whatever way I can.”
Southern Maryland put up another big inning in the bottom of the eighth, putting up four more runs off the Lancaster bullpen. Alen started the inning with a single, before scoring the next batter on a Palmeiro double. Zach Wilson sealed the deal for the Blue Crabs, hitting a three-run homerun, his seventh of the season, padding the lead at 11-2.
A scoreless ninth inning from Sam Runion locked in the win, and broke a four-game losing streak for the Blue Crabs against the Barnstormers. Southern Maryland improved to 14-17 on the season, good for third in the Freedom Division currently.
The Blue Crabs return to action Tuesday, May 23rd for the second of four games against the division leading Barnstormers. Southern Maryland will send LHP Pat McCoy (0-1, 4.66 ERA) to the mound, looking for another quality start against Lancaster. He will matchup with Lancaster’s RHP Bryan Evans (1-1, 4.00 ERA), facing the Blue Crabs for his third start in a row against the Blue Crabs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Tuesday at Regency Furniture Stadium.
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