BIG FIRST INNING HELPS BLUE CRABS TO VICTORY OVER BEES
Two Homeruns from Blue Crabs Knock Off New Britain
(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 3, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (22-20) were victorious over the New Britain Bees (15-27) 7-2, with a three-run first inning leading the way.
The Blue Crabs were able to pick up three runs in the bottom of the first, giving their starter Pat McCoy (2-1) a comfortable lead. Edwin Garcia reached on a single, advancing to second on a Michael Snyder walk from New Britain’s starter, Jonathan Pettibone (0-1). Zach Wilson, in his first game back from injury, followed with a big three-run homerun, going opposite field to put Southern Maryland ahead 3-0.
McCoy settled in early, allowing just one walk through his first four innings of work. The Bees picked up their first hit on a lead-off single from Jamar Walton in the top of the fifth. Walton advanced on a fielder’s choice, scoring on a two-out single from Yusuke Kajimoto.
Southern Maryland added two more to the lead in the bottom of the inning, going up 5-2. Zach Cone got it started with a single, stealing second, and advancing to third on a throwing error from the Bees’ catcher. Patrick Palmeiro hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Cone, before Luis Alen connected on his second homerun of the series, a solo shot to deep left field.
McCoy came back out for the sixth, picking up an out and walking Michael Crouse, before coming up limp after a 1-1 pitch missed out of the zone. He was forced to leave the game with the injury, turning the runner on second over to reliever Sam Runion. Runion sat down the two batters he faced, holding the lead. The Bees threated again in the next inning, loading the bases with nobody out. Rob Carson forced a 6-4-3 double play from Kajimoto for the first two outs, but allowed the runner from third to score. A walk followed, but Carson struck out Skelton to strand the pair.
The Blue Crabs padded their lead a little more in the eighth inning, picking up a pair of runs in the inning. Wilson picked up a two-out single, followed by a Cory Vaughn walk, putting two men on. Devon Rodriguez shot a line drive down the left field line, bouncing into the corner for a two-RBI double. Southern Maryland turned their newfound 7-2 lead over to Cody Eppley in the ninth, who worked around a lead-off walk to solidify the win.
The win moved the Blue Crabs to 22-20 on the season, bringing them a game closer to the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Freedom Division standings.
The Blue Crabs return to action Sunday, June 4th for deciding game against the Bees. Southern Maryland will send RHP Daryl Thompson (3-3, 3.52) to the mound, looking to clinch the series win. He will matchup with the Bees’ RHP Kyle Simon (2-3, 6.20), in his first start against the Blue Crabs this season. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 P.M. on Sunday at Regency Furniture Stadium.
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