BLUE CRABS COME UP SHORT AGAINST SUGAR LAND
Four-Run Second Enough for Skeeters
(Waldorf, MD., Jul. 5, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (2-1) fell in game three of a four-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters (1-2), with a four-run second inning leading the way.
Pat McCoy (2-4) started strong, working a 1-2-3 first inning, before running into trouble in the second. A single and a walk started the inning, before Cole Gillespie opened the scoring with a two-run double. After stealing third, Gillespie came around to score on a two-out single from Santiago Nessy, his first RBI as a member of Sugar Land. Nessy scored on the next play, a double past the diving glove of Cory Vaughn, putting the Skeeters ahead 4-0 early in the game.
Bobby Blevins for the Skeeters had the Blue Crabs number all night. The right-hander allowed just one hit through five innings, turning the one-run advantage over to his bullpen. Manny Corpas (1-2) was first out of the bullpen for the Skeeters. The MLB veteran ran into trouble immediately, giving up a lead-off double to Patrick Palmeiro. After an out was recorded, back-to-back singles scored Palmeiro, tying the game. Michael Snyder followed, launching a double off the top of the left field wall, scoring Edwin Garcia to give the Blue Crabs a 2-1 lead.
Sugar Land loaded the bases in the third inning, before McCoy was able to work out of the jam, and settle in on the mound. The Blue Crabs picked up two runs in the bottom of the third, with the help of a few walks. Brett Marshall (6-4) walked the first two batters he faced, before picking up two outs. Michael Snyder came through with an RBI single, scoring Patrick Palmeiro from second. A wild pitch advanced the runners, with Cory Vaughn shooting a line drive to center in the next at-bat. Jose Lozada scored easily from third, but Snyder was cut down at the plate on a good throw from Gillespie, ending the inning with Sugar Land still ahead 4-2.
McCoy settled in on the mound, allowing just one hit over his final four innings, but still exiting down two runs. Jesse Beal came on in relief, allowing a lead-off single to Gillespie. The center-fielder then stole second base, before scoring two batters later, on an RBI single from Derek Miller, adding an insurance run to the lead.
Michael Snyder cut the lead back to two, leading-off the eighth inning with a solo homerun. Snyder’s 17th homerun of the season put the Blue Crabs down 5-3, heading to the ninth. Mark Haynes (S,4) came on to finish off the game, working around a two-out single to pick up the save. The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for the Blue Crabs against the Skeeters, and drops them to 2-1 on the second half.
The Blue Crabs return to action Thursday, July 6th, for the series finale of a four-game series against the Skeeters. Southern Maryland will send RHP Daryl Thomspon (5-4, 3.91) to the mound, looking to clinch a series victory. He will matchup with Sugar Land’s RHP Mitch Talbot (2-1, 6.30), looking to finish the series in a tie. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Thursday at Regency Furniture Stadium.
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