Blue Crabs start sec­ond half with a thud

Blue Crabs fall to Som­er­set; fin­ish first half of the sea­son los­ing 3 of 4 af­ter 15-in­ning win vs. Sugar Land

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

solo home­run. In the top of the fifth, on the first pitch af­ter the fire­works de­lay, Trayvon Robin­son hit a solo shot of his own for the Pa­tri­ots to tie the game at 1.

“It was nice to hit the home run to set the tone,” said Wil­son, who belted his sev­enth of the sea­son. “We just need to get the ball rolling on the of­fen­sive side as a team. We have to put up more runs and get more timely hits.”

Som­er­set (39-32, 1-0 sec­ond half), which used four pitch­ers, got good pro­duc­tion from its bullpen, pitch­ing four score­less in­nings with five strike­outs and giv­ing up just one hit, an eighth-in­ning lead­off sin­gle to D’Arby My­ers. Bran­don Sisk got the win for the Pa­tri­ots, not al­low­ing a hit while strik­ing out three in two in­nings of re­lief. Jon Hun­ton struck out two of the three hit­ters he faced in the ninth to record his 17th save.

Blue Crabs starter Brian Bur­res pitched to a a no-de­ci­sion, go­ing six in­nings, al­low­ing just one run on six hits with five strike­outs. Scott Maine got the loss in re­lief, al­low­ing two un­earned runs on one hit in onethird of an in­ning.

“I felt good out there. My de­fense played well be­hind me, es­pe­cially in the sixth when they cut down the go-ahead run at home,” said Bur­res. “We just have to keep work­ing.”

South­ern Mary­land (26-44 over­all, 0-1 sec­ond half) lost three of four games in New Bri­tain over the week­end. It scored just a lone run in the ninth in a 5-1 loss Satur­day and the same again in a 6-1 loss Sun­day. The Blue Crabs split Fri­day’s doubleheader, which went into early Satur­day morn­ing be­cause of a 2 1/2-hour rain de­lay be­fore the start, eke­ing out a 1-0 vic­tory in Game 1 and drop­ping Game 2, 7-1. Thurs­day, the Blue Crabs won in walk-off fash­ion over Sugar Land, 3-2 in a 15-in­ning marathon to split the fourgame home se­ries with the Skeeters.

“Som­er­set pitched well and found a way to score a cou­ple runs in the eighth,” Blue Crabs man­ager Jeremy Owens said. “It is a clean slate now and we have to hit bet­ter in the sec­ond half. The first half is be­hind us and we have some in­juries, but we are go­ing to get healthy soon.”

Sun­day, New Bri­tain scored five runs in the third and left-handed pitcher Josh Out­man threw a com­plete-game, five-hit­ter with four strike­outs to so­lid­ify the vic­tory.

The Bees were led by Jon Grif­fin, who went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, in­clud­ing a solo homer in the eighth. An­thony He­witt had a three-run dou­ble to spark New Brit-

ain in the third and Jo­van Rosa added an RBI sin­gle in the in­ning. Jon Jones also col­lected two hits for the hosts.

Satur­day, Bees right-handed starter Kyle Si­mon went 8 1/3 in­nings, sur­ren­der­ing just one run on eight hits with five strike­outs. At one point, Si­mon re­tired nine of 10 Blue Crabs bat­ters. New Bri­tain scored two runs each in the first and sev­enth while adding one more in the eighth.

Bryant Nel­son and Kuan-Jen Chen each had two hits for the Blue Crabs in the loss. It was the sev­enth game in a row where South­ern Mary­land failed to score five or more runs of­fen­sively.

In the first of the doubleheader on Fri­day, the Blue Crabs were able to sneak by New Bri­tain with the lone run com­ing in the top of the fifth on Eric Gar­cia’s RBI sin­gle.

Blue Crabs starter Gaby Her­nan­dez pitched the full seven in­nings in a shutout of the Bees for his first win of the sea­son. Her­nan­dez struck out five and gave up just three hits.

Game 2 was a dif­fer­ent story as New Bri­tain scored five runs in the third and two more in the fifth. He­witt went 2 for 2 with four RBIs with a home run to lead the Bees. My­ers scored the Blue Crabs’ lone run of the game in the top of the third frame on a solo homer.

Craig Stem, in his first out­ing as a Blue Crabs starter since be­ing picked up from New Bri­tain, al­lowed all five runs in the third and took the loss.

Four of the five runs were un­earned off two South­ern Mary­land er­rors.

Thurs­day, My­ers drove in Gar­cia on a sin­gle up the mid­dle in the bot­tom of the 15th in­ning for the walk-off win.

Sugar Land went up 2-0 in the top of the fourth, but the Blue Crabs tied the game at 2 in the bot­tom of the sixth as My­ers drove in Nor­berto Susini on a sin­gle and Nel­son hit a sac­ri­fice fly.

Ian Mar­shall came out of the bullpen to get the win, go­ing five in­nings with four strike­outs, al­low­ing no runs on just three hits.

Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thomp­son, a 2003 La Plata High School grad­u­ate, went the first 6 2/3 in­nings with seven strike­outs, al­low­ing two runs on nine hits in a no-de­ci­sion.

For­mer Blue Crab Jake Hale went seven in­nings as Sugar Land’s starter, giv­ing up two runs on five hits with one strike­out.

PHOTO BY BERT HINDMAN

Blue Crabs first base­man Zach Wil­son hit a two-out solo home run in the bot­tom of the first in­ning of Mon­day night’s 3-1 loss to the Som­er­set Pa­tri­ots in the first of a three-game se­ries at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

PHOTO BY BERT HINDMAN

Blue Crabs starter Brian Bur­res pitched six in­nings in a no-de­ci­sion in Mon­day night’s 3-1 loss to the Som­er­set Pa­tri­ots in the first of a three-game se­ries at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf. Bur­res al­lowed just one run on six hits with five strike­outs and one walk.

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