BLUE CRABS OFFENSE CONTINUES TO SPUTTER IN HOME RETURN

 

 

BLUE CRABS OFFENSE CONTINUES TO SPUTTER IN HOME RETURN

Larkins Complete Game Shutout Leads Ducks in Opener

(Waldorf, MD., Aug. 10, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-20) dropped their return home against the Long Island Ducks (18-14) 1-0, behind a complete game shutout from Matt Larkins (6-6).

Southern Maryland’s starter Daryl Thompson gave up a leadoff single to Quinton Berry to start the game, with Berry moving up to second on a stolen base. A groundball moved him up to third, before a strikeout and a popup ended the inning, as Thompson escaped falling into an early deficit.

The Blue Crabs threatened in the first as well, putting two men aboard against Larkins. Edwin Garcia got it started with a one-out single, stealing second to move into scoring position. L.J. Hoes drew a walk, putting two on with just one out in the inning. Larkins forced two flyouts from the next two batters, working out of the jam to start his outing.

The pitcher’s duel got underway after that, as both starters settled in for their respective teams. Thompson retired 15 straight batters after the leadoff single, with a single to Giovanny Alfonzo serving as the only runner to reach base over the right-hander’s final six innings of work.

Larkins found his rhythm on the other side as well, working three straight 1-2-3 innings from the third-fifth innings. An infield single from Jose Lozada started the sixth, with Lozada moving to third on back-to-back groundouts. After a walk put runners on the corners with two outs, Larkins escaped the trouble once again, this time getting a flyout to end the inning.

Thompson returned to the mound for the seventh, working another scoreless frame, before being removed from the 0-0 game. Zack Thornton (2-2) came on out of the bullpen, and immediately allowed a double to the first batter he faced. Thornton then picked up a strikeout, bringing up Giovanny Alfonzo with the runner in scoring position. Alfonzo hit a slow-roller towards third, where Lozada charged and tried to throw on the run to first, overthrowing the first baseman. The error allowed Alex Burg to come around from second, giving the Ducks the first run in the ballgame.

Larkins headed back to the mound with his 1-0 lead, cruising through the eighth inning. The right-hander headed back out for the ninth, looking to finish off his second complete game shutout of the season. Hoes led-off the inning with a single, tagging up on a flyout from Cory Vaughn. That brought up Zach Cone with two outs, who flared a popup to very shallow center field, where Dan Lyons was able to make an over-the-shoulder catch to end the game.

The loss pushes the Blue Crabs losing streak to four games, all against Long Island. The team has only managed to put up three runs in the last four days, including two complete game shutouts by the Ducks pitching staff.

The Blue Crabs return to action Friday, August 11th for game two of the four-game series against the Ducks. Southern Maryland will send RHP Drew Hayes (6-5, 3.76) to the mound, looking to snap the losing streak. He will matchup with Long Island’s LHP Rafael Perez (7-7, 4.37). First pitch in the game scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Friday 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 37 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 ISLAND FINISHES SWEEP OF BLUE CRABS IN FINALE

 

 

 

LONG ISLAND FINISHES SWEEP OF BLUE CRABS IN  FINALE

Four-Run Third Inning Leads Ducks Over Blue Crabs

(Central Islip, NY., Aug. 9, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-19) dropped the series finale against the Long Island Ducks (17-14) 4-1, with a four-run third inning doing the damage.

Both starters traded scoreless innings in the first and second, before the Blue Crabs struck first in the top of the third. Henderson Alvarez (1-1) allowed a one-out single to L.J. Hoes, who advanced to second on a groundout. Cory Vaughn followed, narrowly missing a homerun, but settling for an RBI double to open the scoring.

The Ducks responded quickly, putting up four runs in the bottom half of the inning off Gaby Hernandez (8-3). Two singles started the inning, before a double from Delta Clearly Jr scored both to put the Ducks ahead. Clearly came around to score on a Marc Krauss single, the fourth hit in a row for Long Island. Krauss added the fourth run in the inning, on a two-out double from Alex Burg, giving the Ducks a 4-1 lead.

Alvarez took over from there, not allowing a hit over his final two innings of work. He turned the three-run lead over to his bullpen, who picked up right where he left off. John Lannon was first out of the pen for the Ducks, allowing a leadoff single to Tucker Nathans. A double play followed, helping Lannon to a scoreless sixth inning.

Unfortunately for Southern Maryland, the hit from Nathans was the last they would see in the game, being silenced over the final three frames. The Ducks bullpen worked three straight 1-2-3 innings, with Amalio Diaz (S,9) finishing off the night for his second save of the series.

The Blue Crabs return to action Thursday, August 10th as the Ducks travel to Southern Maryland for a four-game series. Southern Maryland will send RHP Daryl Thompson (6-6, 4.09) to the mound, looking to rebound from the sweep. He will matchup with Long Island’s RHP Maatt Larkins (5-6, 4.20). First pitch in the game scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Thursday 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 37 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 DROP BOTH IN DOUBLEHEADER

 

BLUE CRABS DROP BOTH IN DOUBLEHEADER

Ducks Rally Late to Sweep Doubleheader

(Central Islip, NY., Aug. 8, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-18) dropped both games in a seven-inning doubleheader against the Long Island Ducks (16-14), falling 10-0 in game one, before a late rally gave Long Island a 4-2 win in game two.

After a scoreless first started the game, the Ducks began the scoring with a pair of runs in the second. Back-to-back singles with two outs put a man in scoring position for Giovanny Alfonzo. Alfonzo came through with a single, scoring Alex Burg from second. A fourth single in a row from Dan Lyons allowed Anthony Vega to cross, opening up a 2-0 lead for Long Island.

The scoring wasn’t done there, as the Ducks added another four runs to their lead in the third inning. After two singles started the inning off Eric Fornataro (0-2), a double from Angelo Songco scored both runners. Songco advanced to third on the first out of the inning, before scoring on a two-out single from Vega. Vega stole second, coming across for his second run of the game on another single from Alfonzo.

The Blue Crabs offense remained hitless against Long Island’s starter Alfredo Simon (2-3) working with a comfortable 6-0 lead. The Ducks added another run to their lead in the fifth on a solo homerun from Ruben Gotay. The scoring still wasn’t done though, as they added another three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases, with a Delta Cleary Jr. sacrifice fly scoring Alfonzo from third. Another walk loaded the bases once more, with a Songco sacrifice fly scoring Lyons. The scoring finished with Quinton Berry scoring on a Gotay single, putting the Ducks ahead 10-0.

The Blue Crabs finally picked up a hit off Simon in the top of the seventh, a one-out single from Michael Snyder. Patrick Palmeiro singled two batters later, with a Tucker Nathans single loading the bases with two outs. Simon was able to force a groundout to second from Luis Alen, finishing off a complete-game shutout win for Long Island.

Brian Grening (7-5) took the mound for Southern Maryland in game two, looking to secure a split on the day. The right-hander didn’t allow a hit through his first two innings, before Long Island scratched across a run in the third. Back-to-back singles started the rally, with a sacrifice bunt advancing both runners to scoring position. A passed ball allowed Alex Burg to cross, opening up the scoring in game two.

The Blue Crabs offense continued to sputter on the day, going hitless through the first three innings against Tyler Levine. L.J Hoes finally broke the drought in the fourth, with a two-out double. Michael Snyder followed with two-run homerun to left-center field, giving Southern Maryland their first lead of the day.

Grening returned to the mound with the lead, continuing to silence the Ducks. He allowed just two hits over the next two innings, before finding trouble in the bottom of the sixth. Back-to-back singles out runners on the corners with nobody out, before Grening got a groundball for out number one. The out advanced the runner to second, putting two men in scoring position for Gotay, who was intentionally walked to load the bases. Elmer Reyes jumped on the first pitch he saw, crushing a fastball to left field for a two-run double, putting the Ducks back on top.

Grening was lifted from the game after the double, leaving with two runners on and one out. Zack Thornton came on to work out of the jam, attempting to hold the deficit to just one run. Thornton got a fly ball to left from Burg, but it was deep enough to score Gotay from third for an insurance run.

The Ducks turned their two-run lead over to Amalio Diaz (S,7) in the top of the seventh. Diaz worked around a one-out single, finishing off the 4-2 win and solidifying the doubleheader sweep for the Ducks.

The Blue Crabs return to action Wednesday, August 9th with the series finale against the Ducks. Southern Maryland will send RHP Gaby Hernandez (8-2, 2.56) to the mound, looking to move into a tie for first in the league in wins. He will matchup with Long Island’s RHP Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 3.60). First pitch in the game scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Wednesday 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 37 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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WIGGINS GRAND SLAM POWERS BLUE CRABS PAST PATRIOTS

 

WIGGINS GRAND SLAM POWERS BLUE CRABS PAST PATRIOTS

Five-Run Fourth Enough for Blue Crabs in Somerset Finale

(Bridgewater, NJ., Aug. 6, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-16) took the series finale against the Somerset Patriots (14-14) 6-1, behind a grand slam from Ryan Wiggins to cap a five-run fourth inning.

Both starting pitchers were strong through two innings, taking a scoreless game into the bottom of the third. The inning started for Somerset with Justin Trapp reaching base on an error by the Southern Maryland first baseman. Two batters later, Trapp stole second, before advancing to third on a groundout to second. Drew Hayes (6-5) then allowed a single to Kyle Roller, with Trapp crossing to open the scoring in the game.

The Blue Crabs responded quickly, jumping on Patriots’ starter Will Oliver (4-3) in the fourth. The rally started with two outs in the inning, as three straight singles loaded the bases for Southern Maryland. A passed ball allowed Michael Snyder to score, before a walk to Patrick Palmiero loaded the bases once more. Ryan Wiggins promptly emptied the bases, connecting on a grand slam to take the lead. Wiggins second grand slam of the season put the Blue Crabs ahead 5-1, a comfortable advantage for Hayes.

The right-hander allowed just two hits over his final three innings, being removed from the game after six innings of work. The Blue Crabs added another run to their tally in the seventh inning, with Alex Glenn coming across to score. Glenn started the inning with a double, advancing to third on a groundball from Jose Lozada. Edwin Garcia followed with his third single of the game, scoring Glenn to extend the lead to 6-1.

The Southern Maryland bullpen took over from there, allowing just two walks across the last three innings of the game. Sam Runion, Jesse Beal, and Craig Stem combined to allow no hits out of the bullpen, with Stem forcing a 1-6-3 double play to end the game.

The win in the series finale clinched the Blue Crabs back-to-back series wins for the first time since the start of the second half. The series win also serves as the first for Southern Maryland against Somerset this season.

The Blue Crabs return to action Monday, August 7th continuing the road trip with a three-game series against the Long Island Ducks. Southern Maryland will send RHP Eric Fornataro (0-1, 4.50) to the mound, coming off his first quality start of the season. He will matchup with Long Island’s RHP Alfredo Simon (1-3, 5.60). First pitch in the game scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Monday 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 37 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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THOMPSON SILENCES PATRIOTS TO EVEN SERIES

 

THOMPSON SILENCES PATRIOTS TO EVEN SERIES

Blue Crabs Take Game Two in Somerset

(Bridgewater, NJ., Aug. 5, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (12-16) won game two against the Somerset Patriots (14-13) 5-0, behind seven scoreless innings from Daryl Thompson (6-6).

Jose Lozada got the game started quickly, doubling to center to lead off the top of the first inning. After advancing to third on a groundout, Cory Vaughn grounded out to first, allowing Lozada to score. The run gave Thompson a 1-0 lead before even throwing his first pitch of the night.

Thompson went to the hill looking to rebound from back-to-back losses against Bridgeport and Lancaster. The veteran right-hander retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced, before working into a jam with two outs in the fifth. Carlos Guzman reached base on a two-out single, advancing to scoring position on a single from Alfredo Rodriguez. Thompson recovered by forcing Scott Kelly to roll into a fielder’s choice, retiring the side and stranding a pair of runners.

Efrain Nieves (1-3) settled in on the other side for Somerset, working four straight scoreless innings for the Patriots after the run in the first. The Blue Crabs were finally able to get to the southpaw again in the sixth, adding an insurance run in the inning. Vaughn started the inning with a walk, moving to second on a single from Michael Snyder. L.J. Hoes followed with a single of his own, scoring Vaughn from second to put the Blue Crabs up 2-0.

Thompson continued to shut down the Patriots offense, retiring the last seven batters he faced. He allowed just three hits through seven innings, before turning the two-run lead over to the bullpen. Zack Thornton was called upon first, finding trouble in the bottom of the eighth. Guzman led off with a single, moving up on a one-out single from Kelly. Thornton bounced back to force back-to-back flyouts to right field, ending the inning and maintaining the 2-0 lead.

Southern Maryland added three runs to their lead in the ninth, homering twice off reliever Duane Below. Zach Cone was the first in the inning, connecting on a solo shot with one out. After a single from Patrick Palmeiro, Luis Alen added a two-run homerun, extending the lead to 5-0.

The Blue Crabs turned the bottom of the ninth over to closer Cody Eppley, with the 3-4-5 hitters due up for the Patriots. The All-Star allowed a one-out walk, before forcing a double play off the bat of Christian Marrero to finalize the win. The Blue Crabs pitchers combined to allow just five hits on the night, striking out seven batters in the game as well.

The Blue Crabs return to action Sunday, August 6th for the series finale against the Patriots. Southern Maryland will send RHP Drew Hayes (5-5, 4.05) to the mound, looking to pick up the series win. He will matchup with Somerset’s RHP Will Oliver (4-2, 5.25). First pitch in the game scheduled for 5:05 P.M. on Sunday at TD Bank 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 37 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 DROP PITCHER’S DUEL TO PATRIOTS

 

BLUE CRABS DROP PITCHER’S DUEL TO PATRIOTS

Blue Crabs Shutout by Patriots in Opener

(Bridgewater, NJ., Aug. 4, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (11-16) dropped the series opener against the Somerset Patriots (14-12) 1-0, with David Kubiak (5-8) tossing seven scoreless innings to lead the way for Somerset.

Kyle Roller got the scoring started in the matchup, hitting a solo homerun to lead off the bottom of the second inning for the Patriots. Roller’s 15th homerun of the season put Somerset ahead of Gaby Hernandez (8-2) early in the matchup.

Kubiak was strong on the other side, allowing just two hits through his first four innings of work. The Blue Crabs finally threatened the right-hander in the top of the fifth, stringing together back-to-back hits for the first time in the game. After a strikeout started the inning, Luis Alen and Brian Bistagne both singled, putting two men on with just one out. Kubiak recovered to get Jose Lozada to roll into a 4-6-3 double play on the first pitch he saw, ending the inning and maintaining the one-run lead.

Hernandez continued to battle for Southern Maryland, despite continued struggles with his command throughout the outing. He allowed just three hits through 5.2 innings, but issued four walks and a hit-by-pitch in the outing as well. He was lifted with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, turning two runners over to Rob Carson, who took just one pitch to end the inning.

Kubiak allowed two more hits in the top of the seventh, before stranding both, the seventh runners left on base by the Blue Crabs in the game. Kubiak was lifted after seven innings, turning the 1-0 Somerset lead over to their bullpen. Dustin Molleken and Ronnie Shaban (S,9) both worked 1-2-3 innings, finishing off the shutout for their starter.

The 1-0 loss was the second time the Blue Crabs have fallen to Somerset by that score in the second half. It also marks just the second loss suffered by Hernandez this season, his first since June 8th.

The Blue Crabs return to action Saturday, August 5th for the game two of the three-game series against the Patriots. Southern Maryland will send RHP Daryl Thompson (5-6, 4.35) to the mound, looking to even the series. He will matchup with Somerset’s LHP Efrain Nieves (1-2, 3.97). First pitch in the game scheduled for 7:05 P.M. on Saturday at TD Bank 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 37 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 RALLY FOR WALK-OFF WIN IN NINTH

BLUE CRABS RALLY FOR WALK-OFF WIN IN NINTH

L.J. Hoes Walk-Off Single Wins Series Finale

(Waldorf, MD., Aug. 2, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (11-15) were victorious in the series finale against the Bridgeport Bluefish (14-12) 5-4, with L.J. Hoes winning the game on a walk-off single to score Edwin Garcia.

David Russo got the start for the Blue Crabs, making just his third start of the season. Russo took just one pitch to retire the leadoff hitter, before Luis Hernandez connected on a solo homerun. Hernandez’s third homerun of the season opened the scoring on the day, putting the Bluefish ahead 1-0 early in the ballgame.

Russo settled in on the mound after that, battling with Bridgeport’s starter Ross Seaton. Seaton allowed just two hits through his first four innings, before finally running into trouble in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brian Bistagne led off the inning with a double, moving up to third on a single from Jose Lozada. A wild pitch from Seaton allowed Bistagne to score and Lozada to advance to second, tying the game. After picking up a strikeout, Seaton hit b ack-to-back batters, loading the bases with just one out. L.J. Hoes jumped on a fastball, shooting it back up the middle, scoring two runs. The RBI single gave Southern Maryland their first lead of the game, 3-1 heading to the sixth.

Russo returned to the mound for a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth, in what proved to be the southpaw’s final inning of work. After his first quality start of the season, he turned the two-run advantage over to his bullpen, looking to win the team’s first series since July 9th. After a scoreless seventh, Bridgeport rallied to retake the lead in the top of the eighth. Jose Cuevas started the inning with a solo homerun, cutting the lead to just one run. After two outs, Zack Thornton gave up a single to Jonathon Galvez, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate in Angelys Nina. Nina found a hanging breaking ball from Thornton, just clearing the Mini Monster in left for a two-run homerun, giving Bridgeport a 4-3 lead.

Bridgeport turned their newfound lead over to Elvin Ramirez (3-2), who picked up two quick outs in the bottom of the eighth. However, Luis Alen jumped on the first pitch he saw from Ramirez, coming through with a solo homerun. Alen’s third homerun of the season tied the game 4-4 heading to the ninth.

After a scoreless top of the ninth from Jesse Beal (6-3), Southern Maryland sent the top of the order to the plate looking for their fourth walk-off win of the season. Lozada was retired to start the inning, before back-to-back singles from Garcia and Cory Vaughn put the winning run on second. Ramirez forced a pop-out from Michael Snyder, before locking into a battle with Hoes. After fouling-off three pitches in the at-bat, the sixth pitch to Hoes was a line drive sent to right-center field, easily scoring Garcia to win the game.

The win was the fourth walk-off of the season for the Blue Crabs, and clinched the series victory. This was Southern Maryland’s first series win since prior to the All-Star Break, and their first walk-off since July 3rd.

The Blue Crabs have Thursday off, before returning to action Friday, August 4th for the series opener of the three-game series against the Somerset Patriots. Southern Maryland will send RHP Gaby Hernandez (8-1, 2.62) to the mound, looking for a strong start to the road trip. First pitch in the game scheduled for 7:05 P.M. on Friday at TD Bank 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 37 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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