BLUE CRABS MOVE CLOSER TO PLAYOFF SPOT WITH VICTORY

BLUE CRABS MOVE CLOSER TO PLAYOFF SPOT WITH VICTORY

Five-Run Inning Pushes Blue Crabs Past Patriots

(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 29, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (38-28) were victorious in game for against the Somerset Patriots (41-26) 6-4, behind a five-run outburst in the fourth inning.

The Blue Crabs sent Gaby Hernandez (5-1) to the mound, needing a win to ensure they maintain their narrow one-game lead in the division. The right-hander was perfect through his first two innings of work, before the Patriots were able to push across a run in the third inning. Justin Pacchioli got it started with a one-out double, coming across the next batter on an Alfredo Rodriguez single.

The Blue Crabs responded with an offensive explosion in the fourth inning, putting five runs across in the inning. A walk and a double started the inning, before Michael Snyder got a free pass to load the bases with nobody out. Cory Vaughn drew a walk to score the first run, before an L.J. Hoes sacrifice fly scored Zach Wilson, giving the Blue Crabs their first lead. Back-to-back singles followed, scoring Snyder and Vaughn for two more runs. After another walk loaded the bases again, Jose Lozada came through with a sacrifice fly, giving Hernandez a 5-1 lead to take back to the mound.

The Patriots were able to get to the Blue Crabs pitcher again in the bottom of the fifth, picking up four hits in the inning. Three straight singles got the rally started, loading the bases for Somerset with just one out. Hernandez then hit Rodriguez, scoring the first run in the inning, and keeping the bases loaded. After a strikeout put the second out on the board, Olmo Rosario doubled in the gap, scoring two and cutting the lead to 5-4. Hernandez finally worked out of the jam, picking up another strikeout to end the inning, and stranding two runners in scoring position.

The Blue Crabs starter settled in after that, allowing just one hit through his final three innings of work. Hernandez was lifted after eight strong innings on the mound, giving up seven hits and picking up six strikeouts. Southern Maryland manufactured an important insurance run in the ninth off reliever Alex Gouin. Lozada led off the inning with a single, advancing to second on a passed ball. An Edwin Garcia groundout to second then moved the runner to third, setting up Wilson for a sacrifice fly.

The Blue Crabs turned their 6-4 lead over to their closer, Cody Eppley (S,20) to work the bottom of the ninth. Eppley worked around a lead-off single, picking up a lineout and a double play, to close the win for the Blue Crabs and finish the series two games apiece.

The win for Southern Maryland, combined with the loss from Lancaster, moves their lead in the Freedom Division over the Barnstormers to two games. The magic number for the Blue Crabs to clinch the first-half championship and a playoff spot is at three games.

The Blue Crabs return to action Friday, June 30th for the series opener of three game against the Long Island Ducks. Southern Maryland will send LHP Pat McCoy (2-2, 3.89) to the mound, looking to start the last series of the first half strong. He will matchup with Long Island’s RHP Matt Larkins (2-6, 4.70). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Friday at Bethpage 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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