Blue Crabs falling on hard times
Lose to Sugar Land for fifth straight defeat; swept by Somerset
After being swept in a three-game series at Somerset over the weekend, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs traveled to Texas to take on Sugar Land for the first of another three-game set on Monday night.
Despite outhitting Sugar Land 10-6 in the game, the Blue Crabs were unable to score with runners in scoring positions, leaving nine runners stranded and eventually falling to the Skeeters 3-1 at Constellation Field.
The loss was the fifth straight for Southern
Maryland, which fell to 19-36 overall and sits in last place in the Atlantic League’s Freedom Division, 12 games behind first-place York entering Tuesday’s action. The series continued
Tuesday and finishes up Wednesday, then the Blue Crabs come home to start a homestand on Thursday night versus York.
The Blue Crabs fell 7-0, 6-2 and 5-3 in their losses in Somerset over the weekend, which was preceded by a 5-1, six-inning defeat in a home series finale Thursday
Sugar Land (30-27 entering Tuesday, two games back of York) used early offense, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first and one in the third.
Starter Sean Gallagher picked up the win for Sugar Land, pitching six scoreless innings with three strikeouts
and one walk. The Skeeters got strong production from their bullpen as Derrick Loop got the save, pitching a scoreless ninth, allowing just one hit.
Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thompson, a 2003 La Plata High School graduate, suffered the loss, going five innings and allowing three
runs on four hits. Thompson did not walk or strike out a batter in falling to 2-5 on the season.
Delwyn Young and Jeremy Barfield hit back-to-back home runs off of Thompson in the bottom of the first. In the third, Josh Prince scored on a Ricky Hague sacrifice fly.
The Blue Crabs scored their lone run in the top of the seventh when Eric Garcia scored on a fielder’s choice by Angel Sanchez, who was 3 for 5 at the plate in the game. D’Arby Myers also had three hits for Southern Maryland.