Three-Run First Leads Blue Crabs over Skeeters

(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 12, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (27-23) defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters (24-27) 6-2, behind seven strong innings from Brian Grening (4-1).

The Blue Crabs jumped on Sugar Land early, putting up three runs in the top of the first inning. Back-to-back singles started the game, putting runners on first and third before an out was ever recorded. Zach Wilson came through with a sacrifice fly, scoring Jose Lozada for the first run of the game. Michael Snyder followed with his second homerun of the series, giving Grening a 3-0 lead before he even stepped on the mound.

The Skeeters responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the second. Grening walked Kevin Ahrens to begin the inning, with Ahrens advancing to second on a groundout to third. Albert Cordero singled for the first hit against Grening, scoring Ahrens from second, and cutting the lead to 3-1.

Neither team threatened again until the bottom of the fifth, when Sugar Land strung together a couple of hits off Grening. Cordero led-off with a single, with Wilfredo Rodriguez following with one of his own. Grening buckled down, getting the next three batters in order, to strand the runners.

The momentum carried the Blue Crabs to the top of the sixth, where they padded their lead with three more runs. With one out in the inning, Zach Wilson was hit by a pitch, with Snyder following that with a single. A passed ball advanced both men into scoring position, where they scored easily on a Cory Vaughn double. After an intentional walk to Devon Rodriguez, Zach Cone singled, scoring Vaughn from second, and extending the lead to 6-1.

Grening coasted through two more innings, before being removed after allowing five hits in seven innings of work. Sam Runion took over in the eighth for Grening, working with a five-run lead. Runion walked the lead-off man, before giving up a double to Travis Scott. With runners on second and third, Ahrens grounded out to shortstop, scoring Josh Prince. Runion settled in after that, picking up a strike out and a grounder to work out of the inning with a 6-2 lead.

Zack Thornton came on in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 inning to finish the game. The win extends the Blue Crabs winning streak to three games, and puts them just one game out of the Freedom Division lead.

The Blue Crabs return to action Tuesday, June 13th for game five on the road against the Skeeters. Southern Maryland will send RHP Gaby Hernandez (3-1, 2.11) to the mound, looking to lock in a win in the series. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 P.M. on Tuesday 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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