SNYDER SHINES AS BLUE CRABS DEFEAT DUCKS
Four-RBI’s from Snyder Power Blue Crabs Past Long Island
(Waldorf, MD., Jul. 8, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (4-1) defeated the Long Island Ducks (2-4) 7-2, behind four-RBI’s from Michael Snyder.
The offense got started early for the Blue Crabs, putting up two runs in the bottom of the first. Jose Lozada doubled to lead off the inning. Three batters later after a Michael Snyder walk, Ducks starter Rafael Perez uncorked a wild pitch that scored Lozada. On the very next pitch Cory Vaughn singled home Snyder to take an early 2-0 lead.
In the top of the third, the Ducks got on the board. Delta Cleary Jr. hit a one-out single and promptly stole second. He would be advanced over for out number two and as Angelo Songco walked Cleary Jr. scored on a wild pitch making it 2-1.
In the bottom of the third however Southern Maryland responded with two more runs of their own. Edwin Garcia led off the inning with a walk and came around on a Michael Snyder 2-run home run, his team-leading 18th of the season, widening the margin to 4-1.
The two teams traded zeros for the next three innings but the Blue Crabs hitters were not done just yet as they scored three more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Ducks reliever Steven De La Cruz entered the game and was greeted with back-to-back singles by Edwin Garcia and Zach Wilson. Two pitches later, Michael Snyder delivered yet again, this time with a bases-clearing two-run double before advancing to third on an error. Snyder himself was able to score on a wild pitch on a Vaughn base on balls.
Long Island tallied a run once more in the top of the eighth as they fought to stay in the game. A one-out triple by Anthony Vega put a runner in scoring position quickly against Blue Crabs reliever Zach Thornton. Vega was driven in on a Cleary Jr. sacrifice fly to centerfield but the door would be closed on that scoring threat.
Blue Crabs starter Drew Hayes (W, 4-3) delivered a quality start, with 6.0 innings of one-run ball only allowing four hits, two walks, while striking out 6. Relievers Jesse Beal, Thornton, and Craig Stem all combined for 3.0 innings of solid relief, only allowing one run on 3 hits.
The Blue Crabs return to action Sunday, July 9th, for the third game of a three-game series against the Ducks. Southern Maryland will send RHP Brien Grening (7-2, 2.71) to the mound, looking to sweep the series. He will matchup with Long Island’s RHP John Brownell (6-1, 2.88), trying to salvage a win in the series. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 P.M. on Sunday at Regency Furniture Stadium.
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