Blue Crabs split with Bridge­port

Win just two on seven-game road trip

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

Up two games to one in a fourgame se­ries ver­sus Bridge­port, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs were just one win away from clos­ing the se­ries out on a win­ning note.

How­ever on Memo­rial Day Mon­day, the Blue­fish re­sponded with 7-3 vic­tory over the Blue Crabs at The Ball­park at Har­bor Yard in Con­necti­cut to cap off the se­ries with the split.

South­ern Mary­land (13-24 over­all), last place in the Free­dom Di­vi­sion and 9 1/2 games be­hind first-place York, won the se­ries opener on Fri­day 8-5 and fol­lowed things up with an 11-9 win on Satur­day.

Be­hind guest man­ager Jen­nie Finch, the Olympic gold medal­ist and na­tional cham­pion in soft­ball, Bridge­port (13-24), last place in the Lib­erty Di­vi­sion, won 3-1 on Sun­day.

The Blue Crabs, who fin­ished just 2-5 on their seven-game road trip that bega in York, re­turned home for the first of a three-game se­ries with Som­er­set on Tues­day night. Game 2 is sched­uled for 7:05 p.m. Wed­nes­day and the se­ries ends with a 12:05 p.m. start Thurs­day.

Mon­day, Bridge­port picked up a 4-1 lead in the third, with all four runs scor­ing off of two Blue Crabs er­rors. Then lead­ing 4-2 in the sixth, Jose Cuevas helped put the game away with a three-run home run.

Bridge­port starter Blake Beaven picked up the win in his first start of the sea­son, go­ing five in­nings with four strike­outs, al­low­ing just one earned run on five hits with one walk.

Blue Crabs starter Jon Le­ices­ter got the loss, go­ing 5 1/3 in­nings, al­low­ing seven runs, three earned, on five hits with four strike­outs. The Blue Crabs had 11 hits in the game with four play­ers hav­ing two each.

With Finch in the dugout Sun­day, the Blue­fish pitch­ing staff held the Blue Crabs to just seven hits as starter Mike An­tonini went six in­nings, al­low­ing just one run on four hits with four strike­outs. Eric Niesen picked up the save in the win.

The lone Blue Crabs run came on a home run by An­gel Flores to lead off the fifth and tie the game at 1 at the point. Gaby Her­nan­dez took the loss and fell to 0-4 on the sea­son, giv­ing up three runs, two earned, on seven hits in six in­nings.

Over the fi­nal two games of the se­ries, the Blue Crabs left a com­bined 19 run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion.

On Satur­day, South­ern Mary­land de­liv­ered a sea­son-high 18 hits en route to the win. Trailed 9-8 in the top of the eighth, Ja­mar Wal­ton hit a two-out, three-run home run to lift the Blue Crabs to the win.

The Blue Crabs had three homers in the game, the other two from D’Arby My­ers and Michael Sny­der. Wal­ton fin­ished 3 for 5 at the plate for four RBIs. Bryant Nel­son, An­gel Flores and Zach Wil­son each added three hits in the game.

Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thomp­son, a 2003 La Plata High School grad­u­ate from La Plata, pitched to a no-de­ci­sion, al­low­ing six runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 in­nings. Brian Gren­ing got the win, his first of the sea­son, pitch­ing 1 1/3 in­nings of score­less ball. Cody Ep­p­ley got the save, strik­ing York Sugar Land Lan­caster Blue Crabs Long Is­land Som­er­set New Bri­tain Bridge­port

out two bat­ters in 1 1/3 in­nings.

Af­ter be­ing swept in a three­game se­ries at York on Thurs­day, los­ing 5-3 af­ter hav­ing leads of 2-0 and 5-3, the Blue Crabs snapped their four-game los­ing streak with Fri­day’s win.

South­ern Mary­land led 5-1 af­ter six in­nings, four of the runs com­ing on three con­sec­u­tive two-out RBI hits in the sec­ond, but Bridge­port came to within 7-5 in the bot­tom of the eighth. The Blue Crabs added one more run in the ninth off a Blue­fish er­ror to se­cure the win.

Blue Crabs catcher Gus­tavo Molina fin­ished with two hits and two RBIs, while third base­man Eric Gar­cia also had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Sny­der also added a home run in the game.

Brian Bur­res got the win on the mound for South­ern Mary­land, go­ing 7 1/3 in­nings with eight strike­outs while al­low­ing five runs, four earned, on six hits. Bur­res held the Blue­fish score­less from the sec­ond through sixth. Ep­p­ley picked up the save.

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