Blue Crabs get one win

Lose 3 of 4 to Long Is­land, but pick up vic­tory to end se­ries

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @aj­ma­son301

Hav­ing lost four con­sec­u­tive games, three to Long Is­land, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs were look­ing to end a seven-game, six-day road trip on a good note and were able to do so with a 5-3 vic­tory on Sun­day af­ter­noon over the Ducks in the fi­nale of the four-game se­ries at Beth­page Ball­park in Cen­tral Is­lip, N.Y.

Long Is­land (14-9 over­all), which was sec­ond be­hind Som­er­set en­ter­ing Tues­day in the first half of the Lib­erty Di­vi­sion stand­ings, won Satur­day’s daynight dou­ble­header 9-5 and 9-2 af­ter win­ning the se­ries opener on Fri­day 7-5.

South­ern Mary­land (717) re­mained in last place in the Free­dom Di­vi­sion and re­turned home on Tues­day for a seven-game, six-day home­s­tand where it took on At­lantic League new­comer New Bri­tain in the first of a four-game, three-day se­ries. The teams are sched­uled to play a dou­ble­header at 10:35 a.m. Wed­nes­day.

New Bri­tain is man­aged by Stan Cliburn, who was the Blue Crabs man­ager last sea­son.

“It was a good way to end the se­ries,” Blue Crabs man­ager Jeremy Owens said. “We hit the ball and pitched well enough to win it. Now that gives us some mo­men­tum go­ing against Stan and his new club. It’s go­ing to be tough. They can pitch.”

Sun­day, the Blue Crabs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third in­ning on an RBI dou­ble from Zach Wil­son and an RBI sin­gle from Ja­mar Walton.

Trail­ing 2-1 en­ter­ing the bot­tom of the sev­enth, the Ducks jumped out in front 3-2 as Mike Blake scored on a passed ball and Fehlandt Len­tini scored on an er­ror.

In the eighth, South­ern Mary­land tied the game as Steve Lom­bar­dozzi scored on a bases-loaded walk to Bryant Nel­son and An­gel Flores put the Blue Crabs in front to even­tu­ally stay with a two-run sin­gle.

Wil­son had a nine-game hit streak en­ter­ing Tues­day’s ac­tion, col­lect­ing at least one dou­ble in eight straight con­tests.

“Zach has been find­ing his tim­ing,” Owens said, “and it was a mat­ter of time be­fore he got his bat go­ing.”

Right-han­der Justin Berg picked up his first win of the sea­son, al­low­ing just one un­earned run on three hits with two strike­outs in 1 2/3 in­nings of re­lief.

Nei­ther starter fac­tored in the de­ci­sion as Blue Crabs starter Brian Bur­res lasted 6 1/3 in­nings, al­low­ing just two runs on four hits with five strike­outs.

Cody Ep­p­ley got his sec­ond save of the sea­son for the Blue Crabs, pitch­ing a score­less ninth.

In Satur­day’s dou­ble­header, Long Is­land scored a com­bined 18 runs on 22 hits, eight of which were homers. In Game 1, The Blue Crabs took a 4-0 lead in the first, but the Ducks tied the game at 4 on a three-run homer by Lew Ford in the third.

Long Is­land went on to score one run in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth to se­cure the win.

Pa­trick Crider got the win on the mound, while Shaun Garceau got the loss. Garceau gave up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits in four in­nings.

Walton went 2 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored, in­clud­ing a solo homer in the fifth.

In Game 2, Long Is­land scored six runs in just four in­nings off of Blue Crabs starter Tim Sex­ton in the win and had four homers.

The Blue Crabs were led by Wil­son, who went 4 for 4 with a home run, fin­ish­ing a triple shy of the cy­cle.

In the se­ries opener on Fri­day, the Ducks had 11 hits and scored six runs in five in­nings off of starter Scott Sn­odgress.

The Blue Crabs trailed 7-0 af­ter six in­nings, but ral­lied in the sev­enth to score four runs and added one in the eighth, fall­ing just short.

On Thurs­day, the Blue Crabs fell 1-0 in 12 in­nings at Lancaster in the fi­nale of a three-game se­ries though they won the se­ries by tak­ing the first two games.

With two on in the bot­tom of the 12th against Blue Crabs re­liever Brian Gren­ing, Kevin Ahrens drove in Josh Whi­taker for the game-win­ning run for the Barn­storm­ers on a hit to left.

Both starters went nine in­nings and set­tled for no-de­ci­sions. Blue Crabs starter Gaby Her­nan­dez al­lowed just two hits and no runs with one walk and four strike­outs. Scott Maine took the loss, hav­ing put the win­ning run on base be­fore be­ing re­lieved by Gren­ing. The Blue Crabs had just five hits in 12 in­nings, two com­ing from Wil­son.

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