LOZADA HOMERS TWICE, BLUE CRABS LOSE OPENER TO PATRIOTS

LOZADA HOMERS TWICE, BLUE CRABS LOSE OPENER TO PATRIOTS

Blue Crabs Self-Destruct Late, Drop Game One in Somerset

(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 26, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (36-27) took the series opener against the Somerset Patriots (38-26) 10-6, giving up six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The scoring got started early between the top two teams in the league, with Somerset putting up a run in the bottom of the first. Daryl Thompson (6-4) walked the first batter he faced in the game, with a single following and putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Olmo Rosario hit a sacrifice fly the next at-bat, with Alfredo Rodriguez crossing to open the scoring.

The 1-0 score held until the top of the third, when the Blue Crabs were able to put up two runs. L.J. Hoes, in his first start with the team, walked as the lead-off man in the inning. Two batters later, Lozada connected on a two-run homerun, putting Southern Maryland ahead 2-1.

Thompson worked through some trouble in the fourth, taking the one-run lead into the bottom of the fifth. Back-to-back singles led off that inning for the Patriots, once again putting two on and nobody out. Christian Marrero followed with another single, scoring Yovan Gonzalez to tie the game. Kyle Roller grounded into a fielder’s choice two batters later, scoring Rodriguez, as the Patriots retook the lead at 3-2.

The Blue Crabs responded in the sixth, as Lozada tied the game with his second homerun, a solo shot to bring the score to 3-3. The back and forth affair continued in the seventh, as Somerset regained the lead. A single and a walk started the inning, before a Roller single loaded the bases with one out. Greg Golson came through for the Patriots with a sacrifice fly, scoring Rodriguez from third, before Thompson worked out of the inning.

Southern Maryland fought back once again, this time putting up three runs in the top of the eighth. Hoes was hit by a pitch to lead it off, before a single and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out. An Edwin Garcia single scored Hoes, tying the game at four. Michael Snyder walked to score another run, before a Cory Vaughn single put the Blue Crabs ahead 6-4.

The game fell apart in the bottom half of the inning, with the Patriots plating six runs, five of which were unearned. After a hit-by-pitch put a man aboard, a Rodriguez two-out double scored the first run in the inning. A groundball followed, appearing to end the inning, before an error by Garcia at shortstop tied the game 6-6. A walk and two singles followed to score two runs, before a Carlos Guzman double emptied the bases, putting the Patriots up by four.

Somerset handed their newfound 10-6 lead over to Kyle Newby for the top of the ninth. The reliever worked around a Hoes single, closing the book on a tough loss for the Blue Crabs. Southern Maryland now holds just a two-game lead in the Freedom Division over the Lancaster Barnstormers. Their magic number to clinch the first half and solidify a playoff spot currently stands at six.

The Blue Crabs return to action Tuesday, June 26th for the second game of the series in Somerset. Southern Maryland will send RHP Drew Hayes (2-2, 4.53) to the mound, looking to even up the series. He will matchup with the Patriot’s RHP Dave Kubiak (3-5, 3.31), with a chance to clinch the first half title in the Liberty Division. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 P.M. on Tuesday at TD Bank Ballpark.

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 somdbluecrabs.com 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 http://www.somdbluecrabs.com 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.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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