BLUE CRABS DROP SERIES FINALE IN EXTRA INNINGS
Thompson’s Nine Innings Not Enough Against New Britain
(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 4, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (22-21) dropped the series finale against the New Britain Bees (16-27) 5-2, with the Bees putting up three runs in the top of the 11th inning.
New Britain jumped on Daryl Thompson early, picking up a run in the first inning. James Skelton walked to start the game, advancing to third on a Jovan Rosa one-out double. The clean-up hitter Conor Bierfeldt followed with a deep fly ball to left field, giving Skelton ample time to score from third, and open a 1-0 lead.
The Blue Crabs responded in the bottom of the second, rallying with two outs. Devon Rodriguez came up and shot a line drive to deep left field, just sneaking over the wall for a solo homerun. Zach Cone followed with a double, scoring on a long single off the wall from Patrick Palmeiro. New Britain’s Michael Crouse picked up a solo shot of his own in the top of the third, tying the game at 2-2.
Starting pitching took over from there, as Thompson and New Britain’s Kyle Simon battled back and forth for nine innings. Thompson allowed just one hit the rest of his day, as the Blue Crabs offense struggled to muster anything off Simon on the other side.
Southern Maryland created a threat in the bottom of the eighth, after a lead-off walk to Luis Alen. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, before an attempted sacrifice bunt from Jose Lozada went awry, forcing Alen out at third. Lozada then attempted to steal second on the next batter, turning to third when the pitch got away from Skelton behind the plate. Skelton chased it down towards the visiting on-deck circle, firing to third just in time to get Lozada, for the second out in the inning.
Both starters lasted through the ninth inning, before each manager was forced to turn to the bullpen. After a scoreless 10th, New Britain batted around in the top of the 11th inning, scoring three in the inning. Michael Baca led-off with a single, advancing on a sacrifice bunt. A walk and a hit-by-pitch followed, loading the bases for Conor Bierfeldt. Bierfeldt lined one in front of the left-fielder, scoring two runs. Another walk loaded the bases once again, before a 3-2 pitch to Craig Maddox missed outside to walk in a run, and put the Bees up 5-2. A strikeout ended the inning, but the damage was done as New Britain’s closer, Joe Beimel (S,6), worked a scoreless bottom of the inning to close the series.
The loss moves the Blue Crabs to 22-21 on the season, and to 0-3 in extra-inning games against the Bees this season. Southern Maryland still sits in second in the Freedom Division, two games back of the division lead.
The Blue Crabs return to action Tuesday, June 6th for the series opener against the visiting York Revolution. Southern Maryland will send RHP Drew Hayes (2-1, 3.09) to the mound, making his second start in a row against the Revs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Tuesday at Regency Furniture Stadium.
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