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
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.
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.
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.