Blue Crabs fall to Lan­caster

Lose on Hal­ton’s se­cond home run of the night; La Plata grad Thomp­son goes 6 in no-de­ci­sion

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Af­ter snap­ping a four-game los­ing streak with an 8-3 vic­tory over the Lan­caster Barn­storm­ers in the first of a three-game se­ries on Tues­day night, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs were in a see­saw bat­tle on Wed­nes­day.

In a game that fea­tured sev­eral lead changes, Lan­caster got the last lead when Sean Hal­ton hit his se­cond home run of the night, a three-run blast off of re­liever Nav­ery Moore, to even­tu­ally hold off the Blue Crabs for the 6-3 win at Clip­per Mag­a­zine Sta­dium in Lan­caster, Pa.

Hal­ton went 2 for 4 at the plate with four RBIs and two runs scored for Lan­caster (49-53 over­all, 14-18 se­cond half en­ter­ing Thurs­day).

The Blue Crabs (39-63, 13-19) are in last place in the At­lantic League’s Free­dom Di­vi­sion se­cond-half stand­ings, seven games be­hind York, which had a six-game win­ning streak en­ter­ing Thurs­day. Their three-game se­ries at Lan­caster fin­ished up Thurs­day and South­ern Mary­land starts a three-game

se­ries in Som­er­set tonight, then it comes home to start a seven-game home­s­tand Mon­day night ver­sus Bridge­port.

“We bumped Nav­ery in there and he had a cou­ple days off. He left a pitch up and Hal­ton hit a shot that sealed it,” Blue Crabs man­ager Jeremy Owens said. “You have to throw strikes and at­tack the zone. We are go­ing to have op­por­tu­ni­ties to put up runs on the board. We just came up short tonight. We have to get a few guys hot to make a run at this. The se­ries is even and now we have a chance [Thurs­day] to win this thing be­fore we go to Som­er­set.”

Closer Cory Burns picked up the save, strik­ing out three of the four bat­ters that he faced. He struck out the fi­nal two bat­ters to end the game, al­low­ing just one hit, a sin­gle to An­gel Sanchez with one out in the in­ning.

Lan­caster starter Terry Doyle pitched a no-de­ci­sion, go­ing 7 2/3 in­nings, al­low­ing three runs on nine hits with three strike­outs and two walks. Pete An­drel­czyk picked up the win as he pitched one-third of an in­ning and was charged with no runs on one hit and struck out one bat­ter.

Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thomp­son, a 2003 La Plata High School grad­u­ate, pitched to a no-de­ci­sion, his third in the last four starts. Thomp­son went six in­nings, sur­ren­der­ing just three runs on seven hits with two walks and one strike­out and walked two bat­ters. The six in­nings marked Thomp­son’s fifth-straight start of go­ing at least six.

“Our start­ing pitch­ing has been play­ing well, we just have to get our bullpen go­ing and keep the bats rolling,” Owens said.

Robert Car­son, af­ter a score­less sev­enth, al­lowed back-to­back sin­gles to be­gin the eighth then was relieved by Moore who gave up the Hal­ton blast. Car­son suf­fered the loss for South­ern Mary­land as he was charged with two runs to go along with two hits while strik­ing out two.

Lan­caster took a 1-0 lead in the third when Yusuke Ka­ji­moto drove in Kevin Ahrens on a sin­gle. The Blue Crabs re­sponded with two runs to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth on Zach Wil­son’s two-out sin­gle. The Barn­storm­ers tied the game at 2 when Ka­ji­moto scored on Trayvon Robin­son’s sac­ri­fice fly.

“The two-run sin­gle was a big two-out hit that swung the mo­men­tum our way,” Wil­son said. “The game went back and forth and we had some op­por­tu­ni­ties to put some runs on the board, but Lan­caster hit a clutch three­run homer. Base­ball is a crazy game and it just hap­pened to swing their way tonight.”

Lan­caster went on top 3-2 in the sixth on a Hal­ton solo homer. The Blue Crabs tied the game in the eighth on a Gary Brown RBI sin­gle be­fore Hal­ton’s se­cond homer in the bot­tom half put the Barn­storm­ers on top to stay.

Sanchez went 4 for 5 at the plate with one run scored and Brown was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Tues­day night, South­ern Mary­land opened up a 4-0 lead in the third and pre­vailed 8-3, fin­ish­ing with 14 hits.

Blue Crabs third base­man Bryant Nel­son led the of­fen­sive charge with a 4 for 5 night at the plate, in­clud­ing a two-run home run in the third with three runs scored and a dou­ble. Catcher Gus­tavo Molina fin­ished with two hits, two RBIs and a run scored and a dou­ble. Sanchez also added two hits with a RBI. Ja­mar Wal­ton had a solo homer in the third.

“It was a big night for me and the team,” said Nel­son af­ter Tues­day’s win. “It was great to do it in a much-needed win. Hope it will carry over the rest of the road trip.”

Blue Crabs starter Gaby Her­nan­dez picked up his se­cond straight win as he al­lowed just two runs on four hits and struck out three bat­ters in just five in­nings. He also walked five bat­ters.

Bryan Evans suf­fered the loss for Lan­caster, go­ing 4 1/3 in­nings, giv­ing up seven runs on nine hits with four strike­outs and one walk.

Te­bow in­vited

Tues­day, the Blue Crabs sent out a news re­lease invit­ing Tim Te­bow to join the ac­tive ros­ter. The re­lease said me­dia out­lets, in­clud­ing ESPN and USA To­day, have con­firmed the Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner is ac­tively purs­ing a ca­reer in pro­fes­sional base­ball.

“He would be a great ad­di­tion to the team, and we look for­ward to hear­ing from his agent in the near fu­ture,” said Blue Crabs gen­eral man­ager Court­ney Knichel in the re­lease. The team, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, has not heard from Te­bow’s agent re­gard­ing the propo­si­tion to play here in Wal­dorf as of yet.

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