BLUE CRABS DROP SLUGFEST AGAINST YORK

BLUE CRABS DROP SLUGFEST AGAINST YORK

Thompson Allows Season-High Nine Runs in Loss to Revolution

(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 21, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (33-25) fell to York Revolution (22-37) 15-9, with the Revs putting up 14 runs in the first four innings.

The Revs got ahead early, scoring one in the first on an Isaias Tejeda double, scoring Alonzo Harris from first. The Blue Crabs responded quickly, putting up five runs in the top of the second. With one out in the inning, Zach Cone singled, moving up on a walk and a wild pitch. Last night’s hero, Brian Bistagne, picked up a single, scoring Cone. After a Jose Lozada single loaded the bases, Edwin Garcia clubbed his first homerun of the season, a grand slam to put Southern Maryland ahead 6-1.

The Revs fought back, as they had Daryl Thompson’s number early and often on the mound. Three straight hits started the bottom of the second, scoring a run before an out was recorded. After picking up two outs, Thompson (5-4) allowed back-to-back doubles, scoring three runs and cutting the lead to 6-4.

York got to Thompson again in the third, combining two hits and two hit-by-pitches to score a pair of runs, and run the Blue Crabs starter from the game. Craig Stem came on to relieve Thompson, allowing both inherited runners to score, giving York an 8-4 lead. A triple from Travis Witherspoon scored another, before a wild pitch allowed Witherspoon to cross, giving the Revs a six-run lead.

Stem came back out for the fourth inning, giving up three straight singles, allowing Luis Cruz to score. A fielder’s choice recorded the first out in the inning, but plated Angel Franco for another run. Ryan Dent followed with a single of his own, scoring Jared Mitchell, and running the score to 14-6.

The Blue Crabs began the long road back in the top of the fifth inning, scoring two runs. Michael Snyder started the inning with a double, scoring two batters later, on a Devon Rodriguez double. Rodriguez crossed in the inning as well, scoring on a two-out double from Luis Alen. They added another run in the sixth, as Zach Wilson came through with a solo homerun, cutting the score to 14-9.

After a scoreless seventh, the Revs added another insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, on a Witherspoon sacrifice fly to center. Brad Allen then came out of the bullpen for York, working a 1-2-3 inning, and locking in a 15-9 win. The win for the Revs snapped a seven-game losing streak for the team, and snapped a four-game winning streak for the Blue Crabs.

The first-place Blue Crabs return to action Thursday, June 22nd for the series finale against the York Revolution. Southern Maryland will send RHP Drew Hayes (2-2, 4.41) to the mound, looking to clinch the series win for the Blue Crabs. He will matchup with York’s RHP Steve Janas (1-3, 4.82), looking to finish the series with a draw. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. on Thursday at PeoplesBank Park.

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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BLUE CRABS OUTLAST REVOLUTION IN DRAMATIC ROAD WIN

BLUE CRABS OUTLAST REVOLUTION IN DRAMATIC ROAD WIN

Two Homeruns from Michael Snyder Enough for Blue Crabs

(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 20, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (33-24) knocked off the York Revolution (21-37) 12-9, with behind two homeruns from Michael Snyder, the second multi-homerun game for the Blue Crabs in the series.

The scoring in this one got started early, as the Blue Crabs manufactured a run in the top of the first inning. Jose Lozada led-off the game with a single, stealing second, and advancing to third on a groundout from Edwin Garcia. After a walk to Zach Wilson, Snyder singled to left field, plating Lozada to open the scoring.

Brian Bistagne caused havoc the next inning, getting hit by a pitch, before stealing second and scoring on a Lozada single. The Revs responded quickly, however, putting up a run in the bottom of the second. Two singles started the inning, before Ryan Dent hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Luis Cruz, and cutting the lead to 2-1.

Southern Maryland put up three more runs in the third, with the big blow coming on a two-run shot from Snyder. Alonzo Harris responded with a solo homer for York, putting the score at 5-2. Lozada and Wilson reached base again in the fourth inning, putting two on with two outs for Snyder. The right-hander came through with his second homerun of the game, clearing the batter’s eye in center field. The slugger’s fourth, fifth, and sixth RBI’s of the game gave the Blue Crabs a big 8-2 lead heading to the bottom of the fourth.

The Revs never went away in the game, putting up two runs in the fourth, to bring it to a four-run game. The Blue Crabs turned to the bullpen for the fifth, as Craig Stem relieved Pat McCoy, as McCoy was making just his first start since returning from injury. Stem allowed a lead-off walk, followed by a single to put two men on. An error at first allowed Angel Franco to reach, loading the bases with nobody out. A sacrifice fly, followed by a groundball scored three runs, and brought the game to 8-7.

Franco came up big again in the sixth, doubling to score Alonzo Harris, tying the game. The Blue Crabs bounced back from the six straight runs, retaking the lead in the top of the seventh. Three straight singles off Luke Westphal (1-5), started the inning, loading the bases before the Revs’ reliever was lifted in favor of Hawtin Buchanon. Buchanon’s first pitch was promptly deposited over the left field wall, as Bistagne connected for his first homerun as a Blue Crab. The grand slam opened up a 12-8 lead, and returned all momentum back to the Southern Maryland dugout.

The Revs could muster just one hit in the next two innings, a solo homerun from Isaias Tejeda, and headed to the ninth down 12-9. Cody Eppley (S,18) came on for the bottom of the ninth, cruising to the first two outs. Eppley then allowed a single and a walk, bringing the tying run to the plate in the form of Travis Witherspoon. After getting ahead in the count 1-2, Eppley forced Witherspoon to fly out to center field, ending the back and forth affair.

The 12-9 win advances the Blue Crabs to 32-24 on the season, including a current three-game winning streak. They hold a three-game lead over the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Freedom Division, with just 14 games left in the first half.

The Blue Crabs return to action Wednesday, June 21st for game three on the road against the York Revolution. Southern Maryland will send RHP Daryl Thompson (5-3, 2.93) to the mound, looking to clinch the series win for the Blue Crabs. He will matchup with York’s LHP Logan Williamson (1-5, 5.55), looking to snap a seven-game losing streak for the Revs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday at PeoplesBank Park.

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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CONE HOMERS TWICE, BLUE CRABS TAKE OPENER IN YORK

CONE HOMERS TWICE, BLUE CRABS TAKE OPENER IN YORK

Zach Cone Powers Blue Crabs over Revolution

(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 19, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (32-24) were victorious on the road against the York Revolution (21-36) 7-6, behind a pair of two-run homeruns from Zach Cone.

The Blue Crabs sent Gaby Hernandez to the mound in the series opener against the Revs. Hernandez, who came in with the second-lowest ERA in the league, fell behind early in the game. Alonzo Harris was the first to reach base in the bottom of the first, walking with one out. After Harris moved up to second, Michael Burgess connected on a two-run homerun to open the scoring.

The Blue Crabs responded in the top of the second, tying the game on a two-run shot from Zach Cone. The tie didn’t last long, as Hernandez ran into more trouble in the bottom half of the inning. With one out in the inning, he walked Derrick Robinson, who advanced to second on a Luiz Cruz single. Hernandez got a groundball from the next batter, Carlos Triunfel, however, attempting to turn a double play, Brian Bistagne threw the ball away, allowing Robinson to cross the plate.

After a scoreless third, the Blue Crabs were able to take their first lead of the game in the fourth inning. Cory Vaughn led-off the inning with a single, stealing second during the next at-bat. Cone then connected on another deep fly to left, his second two-run homerun of the game, putting Southern Maryland ahead 4-3.

Hernandez lost his command in the bottom of the fifth, with the Revs putting up three in the inning. Harris started the inning with a walk, stealing second on the next batter. After picking up a strikeout, Hernandez walked three straight batters, scoring Harris to tie the game. Sam Runion came on in relief, working with the bases loaded and just one out. He allowed a sacrifice fly to Robinson, scoring Burgess to take a 5-4 lead. The Revs added another on the next batter, when Cruz singled, scoring Mitchell from second.

The Blue Crabs bounced back once again, tying the game in the top of the sixth inning. Devon Rodriguez singled to lead-off against Revs’ starter Victor Mateo. Mateo then hit Cone, before a Luis Alen single loaded the bases. After Mateo was lifted for Michael Click, Bistagne hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Rodriguez. Jose Lozada followed with a single, scoring Cone to tie the game 6-6.

After a scoreless seventh inning, the Blue Crabs loaded the bases again, this time with nobody out in the top of the eighth. After Edwin Garcia struck out for the first out, Zach Wilson came through with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Luis Alen to take a 7-6 lead.

On in relief, Zack Thornton stranded the tying run at third in the bottom of the eighth. Blue Crabs closer, Cody Eppley (S,17) came on to work the ninth. Eppley worked around a two-out single, striking out two in the inning to clinch the victory. The win advances the Blue Crabs to 31-24 on the season, now holding a two-game lead in the Freedom Division.

The Blue Crabs return to action Tuesday, June 20th for game two on the road against the York Revolution. Southern Maryland will send LHP Pat McCoy (2-1, 2.66) to the mound, in his first start returning from injury. He will matchup with York’s RHP Curtis Partch (3-4, 4.86), who defeated the Blue Crabs back on May 30th. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. on Tuesday at PeoplesBank Park.

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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GRENING LEADS BLUE CRABS OVER BEES IN SERIES FINALE

GRENING LEADS BLUE CRABS OVER BEES IN SERIES FINALE

Blue Crabs Extend Division Lead with 2-1 Win

 

(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 18, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (31-24) defeated the visiting New Britain Bees (21-34) 2-1, behind 7.2 strong innings from Brian Grening (5-1).

 

The Blue Crabs got on the board early, putting up a run in the bottom of the first. The inning started slow, as the rally came with two outs. Back-to-back walks to Zach Wilson and Michael Snyder started it, before a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases. Mike Lee (1-5), delivered a wild pitch to Devon Rodriguez the next at-bat, allowing Wilson to cross, and giving Southern Maryland a 1-0 lead.

 

Grening and Lee the battled back and forth for five more innings, with Grening allowing just three hits to the Bees through seven frames. Lee allowed only three hits on the other side, before Cory Vaughn led-off the seventh with a solo homerun. Vaughn’s fifth homer of the season gave the Blue Crabs a much-needed insurance run, pushing the lead to 2-0.

 

Grening finally ran into trouble in the top of the eighth, as New Britain strung together three hits in the inning. After battling for the first two outs, Grening gave up a two-out single to Yusuke Kajimoto. Back-to-back singles from James Skelton and Jovan Rosa followed, scoring Kajimoto. With the lead cut to 2-1, Manager John Harris turned to the bullpen, bringing in Zack Thornton to strand the two runners. Thornton did his job, coming in and immediately getting a groundball from Craig Maddox, holding the one-run lead.

 

It looked like the Blue Crabs might put up an insurance run in the eighth, as Snyder came up with a two-out double with a runner on. Wilson, who was on first, was waved around third and sent home, but the relay throw from Jake McGuiggan was well in time, cutting down Wilson at the plate to end the inning.

 

Cody Eppley (S,16) came on for the top of the ninth, cruising through the first two batters in the inning. After allowing a two-out single, Eppley forced a weak grounder to second, which was fired on to first to close the victory.

 

The win advances the Blue Crabs to 31-24 on the season, as they sit atop the Freedom Division. They return to action Monday, June 19th for a four-game road series against the York Revolution. Southern Maryland will send RHP Gaby Hernandez (4-1, 2.17) to the mound, looking to take the series opener. He will matchup with York’s RHP Victor Mateo (2-5, 3.14), for his third start against the Blue Crabs this season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. on Monday at PeoplesBank Park.

 

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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LONG BALL PUSHES BEES OVER BLUE CRABS

 

LONG BALL PUSHES BEES OVER BLUE CRABS

Two Homeruns from Crouse Power New Britain over Blue Crabs

(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 17, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (30-24) fell short in game two against the visiting New Britain Bees (21-34) 9-3, behind a pair of homeruns from Michael Crouse.

Southern Maryland’s starter, Drew Hayes (2-2), ran into trouble immediately, falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning. After striking out the lead-off hitter, Hayes gave up a single and walk. Another strikeout brought up Jonathon Griffin, with two on and two outs. Griffin promptly doubled to left-center field, scoring both runners. Jamar Walton followed with a single of his own, scoring Griffin from the second for the third run in the inning.

The Blue Crabs responded in the bottom of the inning, putting up a run of their own off Eric Fornataro. Fornataro walked the second hitter, Edwin Garcia, who then stole second to advance to scoring position. Michael Snyder came through with a two-out double, rattling around in the left field corner, and scoring Garcia.

The Bees extended their lead in the third inning, when Crouse connected on a two-run shot, putting them ahead 5-1. Southern Maryland fought back in the bottom half, stringing together three baserunners with two outs. The inning started with Fornataro throwing three straight balls, before being removed from the game with an injury concern. Brandon League came in to relieve him, picking up two outs, before walking Zach Wilson. Snyder followed with a single, advancing Wilson to third. A wild pitch from League followed, scoring Wilson easily, and cutting the lead to 5-2.

The Bees opened up their lead further in the fifth inning, putting up three more off Hayes, all with two outs. It started with a walk to Griffin, which was followed by another Walton single. Crouse came up next, hitting a laser out to left field, clearing the wall for his second homerun of the game. The three-run shot put the Bees comfortably ahead, leading 8-2 after five innings.

The Blue Crabs mustered another run in the bottom of the sixth, with Cory Vaughn and Devon Rodriguez teaming up for back-to-back doubles, cutting the deficit to five runs. However, the Bees out up another run in the seventh, opening up a 9-3 lead. Craig Maddox got the rally started with a one-out double, with Griffin walking behind him. Crouse came up with two outs, rolling a groundball to short that would appear to end the inning. The toss from Garcia to second baseman Brian Bistagne was mishandled at the bag, falling to the infield dirt, and allowing Maddox to cross for the ninth run of the game.

The Bees’ bullpen took over from there, working three straight scoreless innings, evening the series with the 9-3 victory. The loss drops the Blue Crabs to 30-24 on the season, still good enough for a 0.5 game lead in the Freedom Division.

The Blue Crabs return to action Sunday, June 18th to for the deciding game in a three-game series against the Bees. Southern Maryland will send RHP Brian Grening (4-1, 2.71) to the mound, trying to clinch a series win. He will matchup with New Britain’s RHP Mike Lee (1-4, 5.65, fighting to take the series for the Bees. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 P.M. on Sunday at Regency Furniture Stadium.

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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BLUE CRABS WIN RAIN-SHORTENED OPENER OVER BEES

BLUE CRABS WIN RAIN-SHORTENED OPENER OVER BEES

Thompson Leads Blue Crabs over New Britain

(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 16, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (30-23) took the series opener over the visiting New Britain Bees (20-34) 3-2, in a rain-shortened victory.

Daryl Thompson (5-3) and Kyle Simon (3-4) matched up for the second time this season, battling toe-to-toe through the first three innings. Simon gave up two singles in the bottom of the first to the Blue Crabs, stranding Jose Lozada and Edwin Garcia. The game remained scoreless through three innings, with Thompson allowing just one baserunner in the first nine batters he faced.

Thompson ran into trouble in the top of the fourth inning, allowing New Britain to strike first in the game. James Skelton singled with one out, advancing to third two batters later, on a double from Craig Maddox. With two on and two out, Johnathon Griffin won a battle with Thompson, singling to left field and scoring both runs. Thompson stranded Griffin at second, escaping the inning trailing just 2-0.

The Blue Crabs began the fight back in the bottom of the inning, putting up one off Simon. Cory Vaughn and Devon Rodriguez teamed up for back-to-back doubles, cutting the lead in half. Southern Maryland added another in the fifth inning, scoring one more. Jose Lozada led-off with a single, advancing to second on a wild pitch. A Zach Wilson single moved Lozada to third, allowing him to score the next play on a high chopper from Michael Snyder.

Thompson settled in, putting away the next seven batter he faced after the single, taking a tie game into the bottom of the sixth. As the rain began to move in, the Blue Crabs took advantage of an opportunity, taking their first lead. Rodriguez started it off with a single, before Luis Alen and Brian Bistagne came through with back-to-back hits. Rodriguez scored easily from third on the Bistagne single, putting Southern Maryland ahead 3-2.

Thompson headed back out to the mound for the top of the seventh, having given up just four hits. He forced a ground out and a strikeout, getting two outs in the inning, before the weather was deemed unplayable. After a 50-minute rain delay, the game was called, with the 3-2 score holding.

Thompson picked up his team-leading fifth victory, moving the Blue Crabs to 30-23 on the season. They currently sit atop the Freedom Division, 1.5 games ahead of the Lancaster Barnstormers.

The Blue Crabs return to action Saturday, June 17th to for the second game in a three-game series against the Bees. Southern Maryland will send RHP Drew Hayes (2-1, 3.12) to the mound, looking to lock up a victory in the series. He will matchup with New Britain’s RHP Eric Fornataro (0-2, 6.46), making his first start of the season against the Blue Crabs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Saturday, as the Blue Crabs will Paint the Park Pink at Regency Furniture Stadium.

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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BLUE CRABS TAKE THE LEAD IN FREEDOM DIVISION

 

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BLUE CRABS TAKE THE LEAD IN FREEDOM DIVISION

Southern Maryland Moves to First with Five Game Winning Streak

(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 15, 2017) – With just 18 days remaining in the first half of the Atlantic League season, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have retaken the lead in the Freedom Division.

The road to the top for the Blue Crabs was a long and winding path, as it often is in baseball. They headed into 2017 after their worst record in team history, finishing with a 57-83 record. With only eight players returning to the squad, the team started off strong, winning four of their first six games to take the lead in the division early. The momentum drifted away quickly, losing five of seven and falling in the division standings. The team then had to face the struggle of losing their ace pitcher, Justin De Fratus, as well as starting second baseman, Danny Muno. Both players were picked up in May by the Seattle Mariners organization, coming just two days apart.

The team stumbled through the next few weeks, going 3-7 in the 10 games following the signings. The injury bug then reared its head, as on May 20th lead-off hitter Gary Brown went down with back spasms. The Blue Crabs returned home for a series with the division-leading Lancaster Barnstormers, trailing them by five games.

The Blue Crabs starting pitchers carried the team through the series, allowing just four runs in the series, winning three in a row against the Barnstormers. The team won eight of their next 10 games, moving to second in the division, closing the gap to just two games.

The Blue Crabs took their new momentum to Sugar Land, ready to face the Skeeters in a six-game series. Led by the Bash Brothers, Michael Snyder and Zach Wilson, the team worked to mix small ball with the potent long ball. Snyder and Wilson combined for three homeruns, seven RBI’s, and nine runs scored, leading the offense, as the team took five of six games in the series. The successful road-trip was enough for the Blue Crabs to regain the division lead for the first time since May 2nd.

“This team has fought all season long,” said Manager John Harris. “We’ve battled the losses of some key players, either by injury or signing, but the guys never gave up. It feels great to have a chance to clinch a playoff berth sometime in the next two weeks.”

The Blue Crabs will look to carry their momentum back to Southern Maryland. The team will face the New Britain Bees for a three-game series, carrying a five-game winning streak into the series. First pitch in the series is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Friday at Regency Furniture Stadium, with Daryl Thompson (4-3, 2.95 ERA) slated to take the mound.

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 tenth 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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