BLUE CRABS TAKE TWO FROM NEW BRITAIN
Stellar Pitching Leads Blue Crabs to Doubleheader Wins
(Waldorf, MD., May 27, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (19-17) took both games of a Saturday doubleheader on road against the New Britain Bees (13-23).
Pitching was the star in game one, as the teams combined for just seven hits in the seven-inning game. The Blue Crabs were able to push across two runs in the second inning, stringing together back-to-back doubles. A one-out walk to Cory Vaughn got the offense started in the game, as he was the first runner for either side to reach base in the game. Devon Rodriguez followed with a double, scoring Vaughn from first, and opening the scoring. Zach Cone was next, picking up a double of his own, while scoring Rodriguez to put the team up 2-0.
The two early runs were enough on the day for Southern Maryland’s starter, Brian Grening (2-1). Grening faced minimal trouble on the day, giving up just four hits, while striking out a season-high 10 batters. He worked around a lead-off double from Craig Maddox in the fifth inning, striking out the next three batters he faced.
Grening tossed a complete game shutout, outdueling New Britain’s starter, Brian Dupra (3-2), who threw a seven-inning complete game of his own. The Blue Crabs mustered just three hits on the game, with Grening sacrificing just four to the Bees.
Game two returned to the normal nine inning format, with first pitch coming at 6:35 P.M. Southern Maryland got on the board early once again, putting up three runs off New Britain’s starter, Anthony Marzi (3-3). Vaughn got the scoring started once again for the Blue Crabs. He reached base on an error in right field, advancing to second on a Rodriguez single. Vaughn scored two batters later, on a Luis Alen double. A sacrifice fly from Patrick Palmeiro scored Rodriguez, before a Jose Lozada double scored Alen, and put the Blue Crabs ahead 3-0.
The Blue Crabs added another run in the fourth inning, with Lozada picking up another RBI. Cone got the inning started with a single, before stealing second to get in scoring position. Lozada the shot a single up the middle, scoring Cone from second.
The Bees put the lead-off man on in the bottom of the fifth, creating the first threat off Southern Maryland’s Gaby Hernandez (3-0). Hernandez worked around the Jamar Walton double, stranding him at second to maintain the 4-0 lead.
The Blue Crabs threatened again in the top of the seventh inning, loading the bases with just one out for their hottest hitter in the form of Rodriguez. However, Bees’ reliever Mike Hepple worked out of the jam, getting Rodriguez to roll into a 6-4-3 double play. The Blue Crabs successfully added to their lead in the ninth, picking up two more insurance runs. Back-to-back walks started the inning, before a one-out error by the shortstop allowed Lozada to score. A sacrifice fly from Vaughn scored Edwin Garcia, putting Southern Maryland up 6-0.
Hernandez dominated throughout the game, giving up just six hits in his eight innings of work. He was lifted before the ninth, turning the six-run lead over to Cody Hebner. Hebner struck out the side in order, extending the Blue Crabs winning streak to six games. The doubleheader win moved them ahead of the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Freedom Division, as the Blue Crabs now sit in second.
The Blue Crabs return to action Sunday, May 28th for the series finale against Bees. Southern Maryland will send LHP Pat McCoy (1-1, 3.44) to the mound, looking to secure another series sweep. He will matchup with New Britain’s Jonathon Pettibone (0-0, 0.93), as he looks to salvage a game in the series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 P.M. on Sunday in New Britain.
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