BLUE CRABS TAKE TIGHT GAME IN SUGAR LAND
Small Ball Helps Blue Crabs over Skeeters
(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 13, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (28-23) knocked off the Sugar Land Skeeters (24-27) 3-2, moving them into a tie for first place in the Freedom Division.
Southern Maryland looked like they may jump out to an early lead once again, threatening in the first inning for the second night in a row. Jose Lozada led-off the game with a single, stealing second to get into scoring position. After back-to-back outs, Mitch Talbot elected to walk the clean-up hitter, Michael Snyder. Talbot hit Cory Vaughn following the walk, loading the bases with two outs, before Devon Rodriguez went down on strikes to end the inning.
Gaby Hernandez (4-1), the league leader in ERA coming into the game, came out strong for the Blue Crabs. The veteran righty sat down the first 11 batters he faced in the game, before Travis Scott ended the streak with a solo homerun in the bottom of the fourth inning. Scott’s fifth homerun of the season put Sugar Land out in front 1-0, but sparked the Blue Crabs offense.
After picking up just one hit since the first inning, the Blue Crabs bats awoke in the top of the fifth. After a Lozada groundout started the inning, Edwin Garcia and Zach Wilson collected back-to-back singles. Snyder was hit to follow that, loading the bases with just one out for Vaughn. Vaughn capitalized on the opportunity, hitting a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Garcia to tie the game at 1-1.
The Blue Crabs picked up another run in the sixth, with Zach Cone leading the way this time. Cone started the inning with a double, advancing to third on a flyout to center from Luis Alen. Brian Bistagne was able to put the ball in play with one out, with Cone scoring on the fielder’s choice. Southern Maryland added an insurance run in the seventh inning, as Cone picked up an RBI double, putting them ahead 3-1.
Hernandez struggled in the seventh inning, after allowing just two hits in the game prior. Kevin Ahrens and Wilfredo Rodriguez got the rally started, both picking up singles with one out. After a pop-out to the catcher recorded the second out, Hector Olivera came through for the Skeeters, scoring Ahrens on an RBI single. Hernandez picked up a popup to third on the next batter, bringing an end to the inning and his night on the mound, exiting with a 3-2 lead.
After a scoreless eighth and top half of the ninth, Southern Maryland turned the game over to closer Cody Eppley (S,15) in the bottom of the ninth. Eppley worked around a one out single, locking down the win with a 4-6-3 double play to end it.
The win is the Blue Crabs fourth in a row in Sugar Land, their longest road winning streak of the season. With the win, Southern Maryland moves into a tie for first in the Freedom Division, with Lancaster holding the lead via tiebreaker.
The Blue Crabs return to action Wednesday, June 14th to wrap up their six-game road series against the Skeeters. Southern Maryland will send RHP Craig Stem (0-1, 9.00) to the mound, looking to close the series on a five-game winning streak. He will matchup against Sugar Land’s RHP Brett Marshall (5-2, 5.18), who defeated Stem in game one of the series on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 A.M. CST on Wednesday at Constellation Field.
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