BLUE CRABS DROP FINALE, WIN SERIES OVER BRIDGEPORT
Blue Crabs Fall to Bridgeport in Series Finale
(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 25, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (36-26) fell in the series finale over the Bridgeport Bluefish (35-28) 6-3, snapping a three-game winning streak for the team.
The day started strong for the Blue Crabs starter, Pat McCoy (2-2), working two scoreless innings before running into trouble in the third. McCoy, who was making just his second start returning from injury, gave up back-to-back singles to start the third inning. A sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, before a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases. Daniel Fields singled in a pair, before a Jonathon Galvez double plated a third run. Fields came around to score on the next batter, as Tony Abreu hit a sacrifice fly, putting the Bluefish up 4-0.
The Blue Crabs fought back in the bottom of the fourth, putting up a run off Tyler Badamo (4-3). Edwin Garcia started the inning with a double, advancing to third on a Zach Wilson single. The inning looked the part of a comeback, when Michael Snyder was walked, loading the bases with nobody out. However, the Blue Crabs could muster just one, as Devon Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Garcia, but a strikeout stranded two runners.
Badamo dominated from that point on, allowing just one hit over his last three innings of work. The started left the game after seven strong, turning the 4-1 lead over to his bullpen. The Blue Crabs rallied off reliever Zac Grotz, putting up a pair of runs in the inning. Jose Lozada singled to start, with Garcia following with one of his own. Snyder was walked again, loading the bases for Cory Vaughn with one out. Vaughn grounded into a fielder’s choice, as Angelys Nina made a great play at third, robbing him of a double, but allowing Lozada to score. After another walk loaded the bases again, Frank Dejiulio Jr. walked Zach Cone, scoring a run, and cutting the lead to 4-3, before he forced a groundball to end the inning.
Bridgeport added some insurance runs in the top of the ninth, scoring two off reliever Craig Stem. Abreu walked to start it, moving to second two batters later, on a Santiago Nessy single. Stem was removed in favor of Cody Hebner, who allowed two straight singles, scoring both runners, and extending the lead to 6-3. Manny Delcarmen (S,1) came on for the bottom of the ninth, working a scoreless inning, to salvage a game in the series for Bridgeport.
The Blue Crabs return to action Monday, June 26th as they will head out for a seven-game road trip, starting with the Liberty Division leading Somerset Patriots. Southern Maryland will send RHP Daryl Thompson (5-4, 3.92) to the mound for game one, looking to further bolster the team’s playoff push. He will matchup with the Patriot’s LHP Logan Darnell (3-2, 4.32), facing Southern Maryland for the first time this season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 P.M. on Monday at TD Bank Ballpark.
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