Three Walks in Ninth Help Blue Crabs to Victory

(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 11, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (26-23) defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters (24-26) 2-1, with the help of three walks in the ninth inning.

Southern Maryland got on the board first in the game, with Michael Snyder leading off the second inning with a solo homerun. Snyder’s ninth homerun of the season gave Drew Hayes a 1-0 lead heading back to the mound. He coasted through his first five innings of work, surrendering just two hits to Sugar Land.

Hayes picked up the first out in the fifth inning, before being pulled after hitting the next batter. Josh Prince stole second on the next pitch, then scored on a single by Travis Scott, tying the game at 1-1. Sugar Land’s starter, Michael Nix, was equally impressive on the other side, allowing just four baserunners through his first six innings.

The Blue Crabs were able to threaten Nix in the top of the seventh, as the righty began to struggle with his command. Nix walked the first batter in the inning, before picking up two outs. Nix got ahead of Devon Rodriguez 1-2, before delivering a wild pitch, advancing Zach Wilson to second. After falling to a full count, another wild pitch put Rodriguez aboard, and moved Wilson to third. Nix worked out of the jam by forcing a groundout from Zach Cone, in what proved to be Nix’s last inning of work.

After a scoreless eighth inning, Sugar Land turned the 1-1 game to Julio DePaula, who picked up a save in game one. DePaula struggled with his command, walking Snyder and Cory Vaughn with just one out. A single from Rodriguez loaded the bases for Cone, still with one out in the inning. After Cone struck out, Luis Alen dug in, battling to a full count, before walking to score Snyder and take a 2-1 lead.

Southern Maryland turned the lead to their closer, Cody Eppley (S,14). Kevin Ahrens was the lead-off man in the inning, battling for seven pitches, before picking up a single on the eighth pitch of the at-bat. Eppley picked up a strikeout for the second out, before forcing a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

The win moves the Blue Crabs to 26-23 on the season, and puts them ahead 2-1 in the six-game road series. They currently sit second in the Freedom Division, just 1.5 games behind the Lancaster Barnstormers.

The Blue Crabs return to action Monday, June 12th for game for on the road against the Skeeters. Southern Maryland will send RHP Brian Grening (3-1, 2.88) to the mound, hoping to keep the momentum in the series. He will matchup up with Sugar Land’s RHP Bobby Blevins (4-2, 4.50), looking to snap the two-game losing streak. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 P.M. on Monday at Constellation Field.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at or call us at 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its 10th anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

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