Blue Crabs swept by Som­er­set

Lose by run day af­ter blow­ing 7-0 lead

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

The South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs tied Wed­nes­day night’s se­ries fi­nale with Som­er­set two dif­fer­ent times, but the vis­i­tors seemed to have an an­swer each time.

With the score tied at 4, Trayvon Robin­son belted a solo home run on a 0-ball, 1-strike pitch off of Blue Crabs starter Gaby Her­nan­dez to lead off the top of the sixth, even­tu­ally se­cur­ing the 5-4 vic­tory and the three-game se­ries sweep for Som­er­set at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

Som­er­set (41-32 over­all, 3-0 sec­ond half) fin­ished with 15 hits in the game, 39 for the se­ries. The Pa­tri­ots also pre­vailed through their bullpen, al­low­ing just two hits in 4 2/3 in­nings and strik­ing out seven of the fi­nal 10 bat­ters to end the game.

En­ter­ing Thurs­day, Som­er­set led the Lib­erty Di­vi­sion by a game over Bridge­port in the very early go­ing of the sec­ond half and was tied with York for the sec­ond best over­all record in the At­lantic League.

South­ern Mary­land (2646, 0-3) be­gan a four-game

home se­ries ver­sus the Long Is­land Ducks on Thurs­day. It con­tin­ues at 7:05 tonight, 6:35 p.m. Saturday and 2:05 p.m. Sunday.

Wed­nes­day night, the Blue Crabs had the ty­ing run on sec­ond base in the bot­tom of ninth when An­gel Flores led off with a deep dou­ble to cen­ter field. But on the next-at bat as Jon Dziomba pulled back on a bunt at­tempt, Flores was caught try­ing to steal third for the first out of the in­ning.

Dziomba then struck out for the sec­ond out and Ryde Ro­driguez flew out to right to end the game as Som­er­set closer Jon Hun­ton picked up his 19th save of the sea­son.

“I like how the guys played tonight and played some small ball to stay in the game. We just came up short there in the end,” Blue Crabs man­ager Jeremy Owens said. “We pitched well, but Som­er­set just did not stop play­ing and they take ad­van­tage of op­por­tu­ni­ties. We just have to move on, it is a long sea­son.”

Som­er­set, which started the game off with four straight hits, took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a bases-loaded RBI sin­gle by Bryan LaHair and a RBI sac­ri­fice fly by Robin­son. The Blue Crabs an­swered with a run in the bot­tom of the first as cen­ter fielder D’Arby My­ers hit a solo homer over the left­field wall, his sec­ond of the se­ries and fourth of the sea­son.

With run­ners on sec­ond and third and one out in the third, right fielder Ja­mar Wal­ton drove in Eric Gar­cia (2 hits) on a sac­ri­fice fly cen­ter to tie the game at 2.

Som­er­set re­sponded to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the fifth on an RBI dou­ble by Aharon Eg­gle­ston, who was 4 for 5 at the plate on the night, and an­other RBI sin­gle from LaHair. South­ern Mary­land did not go away, ty­ing the game at 4 in the bot­tom of the in­ning on a two-run sin­gle to cen­ter from My­ers.

“I just want to go up there and have qual­ity at-bats,” said My­ers, who was 2 for 3 Wed­nes­day night with three RBIs and a run scored, 6 for 11 with two homers and four RBIs in the se­ries. “I’ve been work­ing with the coaches and car­ry­ing that ap­proach over into the game.”

Owens added, “My­ers has been giv­ing us a lift and I’m glad that he is swing­ing the bat as good as he is.”

Con­nor Lit­tle (4-0) got the win in re­lief for the Pa­tri­ots, pitch­ing 1 2/3 in­nings, al­low­ing just one hit with one strike­out. Som­er­set starter Shaun Garceau, a for­mer Blue Crab, lasted just 4 1/3 in­nings, giv­ing up four runs on seven hits with one strike­out and two walks.

Her­nan­dez (1-6) suf­fered the loss for the Blue Crabs, al­low­ing five runs on 11 hits with six strike­outs in 5 1/3 in­nings.

Tues­day night, South­ern Mary­land let a 7-0 lead through five in­nings evap­o­rate as Som­er­set scored 10 unan­swered runs to ignite the come­back win.

The Pa­tri­ots had just three hits through five in­nings and fin­ished with 16 by the time the game was over. David Vi­dal and LaHair each fin­ished with three hits and had a com­bined four RBIs and two dou­bles to lead the vis­i­tors. Matt Fields col­lected two hits with two RBIs, in­clud­ing a solo homer in the top of the ninth to se­cure the vic­tory.

South­ern Mar yland, which had 11 hits for the game, only three af­ter the fifth, scored four runs on three hits in the sec­ond. Wal­ton scored on an RBI ground­out by Flores and An­gel Sanchez hit a two-out two-run homer to left cen­ter field.

In the third, My­ers hit a solo homer over the left-field wall. Two bat­ters later, Zach Wil­son cranked a two-run homer to push the Blue Crabs lead to seven runs.

Bryce Mor­row got the win out of the bullpen, pitch­ing four score­less in­nings, al­low­ing just three hits with two strike­outs. Three Som­er­set re­liev­ers, which in­cluded Mor­row, did not al­low a run and gave up just five hits in six in­nings. Hun­ton got the save for the Pa­tri­ots, sur­ren­der­ing just one hit with one strike­out.

Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thomp­son, a 2003 La Plata grad­u­ate pitched a no-de­ci­sion, go­ing 5 1/3 in­nings, giv­ing up four runs, three earned, on nine hits with three strike­outs. Four re­liev­ers af­ter Thomp­son al­lowed six runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 in­nings with Or­lando San­tos suf­fer­ing the loss.

San­tos al­lowed two runs on two hits and walked a bat­ter in his only in­ning of work, the eighth which saw Scott Kelly and LaHair come through with back-to-back two-out RBI dou­bles to break a 7-7 tie.

All-Stars named

The At­lantic League an­nounced the all-star se­lec­tions for both the Free­dom and Lib­erty di­vi­sions on Tues­day.

South­ern Mary­land had five play­ers se­lected to rep­re­sent the Free­dom in in­field­ers Michael Sny­der and Bryant Nel­son, pitch­ers Brian Bur­res and Cody Ep­p­ley and out­fielder Wal­ton. The At­lantic League All-Star game will take place July 13 at Clip­per Mag­a­zine Sta­dium in Lan­caster, Pa.

PHOTO BY BERT HINDMAN

Blue Crabs cen­ter fielder D’Arby My­ers celebrates af­ter hit­ting a solo home run in the bot­tom of the first in­ning of Wed­nes­day’s 5-4 loss to the Som­er­set Pa­tri­ots at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf. My­ers fin­ished 2 for 3 with three RBIs in the game and went 6 for 11 at the plate with two homers and four RBIs in the se­ries.

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