BLUE CRABS KNOCK OFF BEES IN EXTRA INNINGS
Blue Crabs Take Opener in 11 Innings
(New Britain, CT., Jul. 14, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (5-2) rallied late to defeat the New Britain Bees (3-4) 5-4 in 11 innings.
The Blue Crabs jumped on Nick Greenwood early, putting up three runs with two outs in the first inning. Edwin Garcia walked to start the rally, advancing to third on a Michael Snyder double. Cory Vaughn followed, connecting on a three-run homerun to take an early 3-0 lead.
The Bees responded in the second inning, as Pat McCoy ran into trouble in the middle of the New Britain lineup. A single and a walk started the inning, before Jordan Hinshaw doubled to left, scoring Jon Griffin. Michael Crouse followed with three-run homerun of his own, putting New Britain ahead 4-3.
The starters both settled in, trading scoreless innings until the top of the sixth. The three All-Stars in the lineup for Southern Maryland connected in the inning tying the game at 4-4. Zach Wilson started it with a walk, before Snyder followed with a single. Vaughn came through again, this time with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Wilson from second.
McCoy found trouble again in the seventh, putting two runners on before being removed from the game in favor of Cody Hebner. The reliever struck out both Jovan Rosa and Griffin, stranding his two inherited runners to maintain the tie.
After a pair of scoreless innings from each bullpen, the two teams headed to extra innings for the fourth time this season. Craig Stem (2-1) worked around a lead-off double in the bottom of the 10th, setting up the Blue Crabs offense in the 11th.
Vaughn led-off in the inning, drawing a walk and advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk to Zach Cone, Luis Alen singled through the left side, allowing Vaughn to slide in safely at home as the go-ahead run.
Southern Maryland turned the bottom half of the inning over to closer Cody Eppley (S,23). An error allowed Jamar Walton to reach base, before a single put him in scoring position with nobody out. Walton was caught stealing third during Yusuke Kajimoto’s at-bat, before Kajimoto rolled into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.
The Blue Crabs return to action Saturday, July 15th, for game two of the three-game series against the Bees. Southern Maryland will send RHP Drew Hayes (4-3, 4.37) to the mound, looking to continue their momentum coming off the All-Star Break. He will matchup with New Britain’s RHP Kyle Simon (5-6, 4.61), facing the Blue Crabs for the third time this season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Saturday at New Britain Stadium.
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