Blue Crabs fall­ing on hard times

Lose to Sugar Land for fifth straight de­feat; swept by Som­er­set

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

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

ver­sus Bridgeport.

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.

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