BLUE CRABS DROP OPENER AGAINST NEW BRITAIN IN EXTRAS
Four Run Tenth Push Bees Past Blue Crabs
(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 2, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (21-20) dropped the series opener against the New Britain Bees (15-26) 7-3, giving up four runs in the top of the tenth inning.
The Bees got on the board early, picking up a solo homerun from Jonathon Griffin in the top of the second inning. Southern Maryland threatened in the bottom of the third inning, with back-to-back singles putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Anthony Marzi danced around the jam, picking up a fielder’s choice, followed by two strikeouts, to strand the runners.
The Blue Crabs were able to capitalize on a threat in the bottom of the fourth inning, tying the game at 1-1. Michael Snyder singled, followed by a Zach Cone walk with one out. After a fielder’s choice pushed Snyder to third, he scored easily on a single from Luis Alen. A hard line drive from Patrick Palmeiro to center was run down, ending the threat and stranding two more baserunners for Southern Maryland.
The offense’s remained quiet for a few innings, as Gaby Hernandez and Anthony Marzi traded scoreless inning, until the top of the seventh. Griffin led-off the inning with a single, and two batters later Yusuke Kajimoto picked up a single of his own. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Michael Baca was able to send a fly ball to deep center, allowing Griffin to coast home.
The Blue Crabs responded in the bottom of the seventh, taking their only lead of the game. Cone led-off with a single, before two batters later Palmeiro connected on a no-doubt homerun to left field, giving the Blue Crabs a 3-2 lead. New Britain struck back in the top of the eighth, with a leadoff homerun from Michael Crouse, tying the game at 3-3.
After a scoreless ninth, New Britain came to life in the top of the tenth inning, putting up four runs. James Skelton started it with a walk, stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error. He scored two batters later, on a flare to shallow center field from Jake McGuiggan. McGuiggan would score on a Griffin single, with Craig Maddox driving in Conor Bierfeldt for the third run. A single from Kajimoto would score Griffin, putting the Bees ahead 7-3, a score which would hold through the bottom of the tenth.
The loss dropped the Blue Crabs to 21-20 on the season, and 3-3 in extra-inning games. They fall three games behind the Lancaster Barnstormers, but remain in second place in the Freedom Division.
The Blue Crabs return to action Saturday, June 3rd for game two against the Bees. Southern Maryland will send LHP Pat McCoy (1-1, 2.90) to the mound, looking to even the series. He will matchup with the Bees’ RHP Johnathon Pettibone (0-0, 1.48), who has yet to record a decision for the Bees in his first six starts. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Saturday at Regency Furniture Stadium.
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