TWO HOMERUNS NOT ENOUGH FOR BLUE CRABS IN SERIES OPENER
Six-Run Fourth Sinks Southern Maryland
(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 9, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (24-23) dropped the series opener against the Sugar Land Skeeters (24-24) 7-4, never recovering from a six-run fourth inning from the Skeeters.
Sugar Land got on the board first, putting up a run in the second off Craig Stem (0-1), in his season debut with the Blue Crabs. Hector Olivera led-off the inning with a single, advancing to third two batters later on an error from Stem. A two-out single from Wilfredo Rodriguez plated Olivera, putting the Skeeters up 1-0.
Southern Maryland responded quickly, taking the lead in the top of the third inning. Ryan Wiggins led-off the inning with a solo shot to tie the game, his second homerun of the season. Two batters later, Edwin Garcia drew a walk, setting up a two-run homerun from Zach Wilson. Wilson’s team-high ninth homer of the season put the Blue Crabs ahead 3-1 against Brett Marshall (5-2).
After a scoreless bottom of the third, the Blue Crabs pitching fell apart in the fourth inning. Stem walked and hit the first two batters in the inning, before giving up a single to score Albert Cordero. Stem was lifted from the game before the next batter, turning the two runners over to the bullpen. Britt Robertshaw came on and gave up a sacrifice fly to Josh Prince, scoring Derek Miller to tie the game at 3-3. After a walk put runners on second and third, Andy Wilkins connected on a three-run homerun, putting the Skeeters back in front. After a single and a walk, Robertshaw was lifted in favor of Sam Runion. Runion gave up a single to the first batter he faced, scoring Anthony Giansanti from second, and putting the score at 7-3.
The Blue Crabs tried to bounce back in the top of the sixth inning, picking up a couple of hits in the inning. Cory Vaughn got it started with a single, with Devon Rodriguez following with a walk. A Zach Cone single scored Vaughn, cutting the score to 7-4. Cone stole second on the next batter, putting runners on second and third with one out. Back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat, stranding two runners in scoring position.
Southern Maryland threatened again in the seventh, but were unable to capitalize on a bases-loaded opportunity. Back-to-back singles, followed by a Michael Snyder walk loaded the bases with one out in the inning for Vaughn. Vaughn went down on strikes for the second out, before Dustin Richardson retired Rodriguez, leaving three more on base in the inning.
A scoreless eighth inning set up a save opportunity for Sugar Land Julio DePaula (S,1), working with a three-run lead. DePaula retired the 2-3-4 hitters in the lineup in order, notching his first save of the season.
The Blue Crabs return to action Saturay, June 10th for game two on the road against the Skeeters. Southern Maryland will send RHP Daryl Thompson (3-3, 3.30) to the mound, looking to even the six-game series. He will matchup up with Sugar Land’s RHP Sean Gleason (1-3, 6.95), making just his second start of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 P.M. on Friday at Constellation Field.
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