Mother Na­ture strikes again

Storm de­nies Blue Crabs op­por­tu­nity for come­back

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

Through five in­nings on Wed­nes­day night, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs had a 3-1 lead in the third game of a four-game set with the vis­it­ing Bridge­port Blue­fish.

How­ever, the mo­men­tum shifted as the Blue­fish scored six runs com­bined in the sixth and sev­enth in­nings to help se­cure the even­tual 7-4 vic­tory at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium.

For the sec­ond time in three nights, Mother Na­ture got in the way as the game was de­layed in the bot­tom of the eighth fol­low­ing a lead­off dou­ble by D’Arby My­ers. The game was con­firmed as an of­fi­cial win for Bridge­port.

Bridge­port (51-58 over­all, 21-18 sec­ond half), which scored five of its seven runs in un­earned fash­ion in the con­test, took a two games to one lead in the se­ries en­ter­ing Thurs­day’s se­ries fi­nale, which ended too late for in­clu­sion in this edition.

South­ern Mary­land (42-67, 16-23), which re­mained in last place in the Free­dom Divi­sion, com­mit­ted seven er­rors in the game, in­clud­ing five be­tween the sixth and eighth in­nings.

“We just did not take care of the base­ball tonight. You can’t give a team like Bridge­port ex­tra outs and ex­tra bases be­cause they will make you pay,” said Blue Crabs man­ager Jeremy Owens, whose team has dropped 10 out of its

last 15 games en­ter­ing Thurs­day. “We have to bounce back [Thurs­day] and even this se­ries.”

In the top of the sixth, Bridge­port came to within 3-2 as Jonathan Galvez scored on a sac­ri­fice fly to right field. Luis Her­nan­dez then hit a two-run sin­gle and ad­vanced to third on a throw­ing er­ror from right field, putting the Blue­fish ahead 4-3. Wel­ing­ton Do­tel pushed the lead to two runs on a RBI sin­gle.

The Blue­fish, who col­lected 13 hits for the game, tacked on two more runs in the sev­enth as Angelys Nina scored on a throw­ing er­ror at third and An­thony Giansanti came around to score on another throw­ing er­ror at first.

Blue Crabs des­ig­nated hit­ter Zach Wil­son, who was 2 for 3 at the plate, hit a solo homer in the sev­enth and hit a two-run shot in the sec­ond. He now has 12 home runs for the sea­son.

“It felt re­ally good, es­pe­cially com­ing off a rough day the day be­fore,” said Wil­son. “I got some work in with [hit­ting coach] Jake Opitz and fig­ured a cou­ple of things out.”

Bridge­port starter David Ku­biak worked seven in­nings and sur­ren­dered four runs, three earned, on six hits with four strike­outs and one walk.

Blue Crabs starter Tim Sex­ton (2-8), who suf­fered his sixth straight loss, pitched 5 1/3 in­nings, giv­ing up five runs, just two earned, on nine hits with two strike­outs.

“That has been the prob­lem for Tim is that our de­fense hasn’t been able to play well be­hind him,” said Owens. “In the sixth we had two crit­i­cal er­rors and we couldn’t re­cover.”

Af­ter Mon­day’s rain­out, the Blue Crabs split Tues­day’s dou­ble­header, fall­ing in game one 5-3 in 10 in­nings and re­spond­ing in game two with an 8-2 vic­tory.

In the opener, Nina came to the plate in the top of the 10th in­ning with a run­ner on sec­ond base and ripped a two-run homer over the wall in left to give the Blue­fish the win.

With the score tied at 1 af­ter the first in­ning, the Blue Crabs went up 2-1 by the end of three, but the Blue­fish, who out­hit South­ern Mary­land 1312, tied things up at 2 in the top of the fifth. Each team traded runs in the sixth to tie the game up again at 3.

Eric Gar­cia fin­ished 3 for 5 with a RBI and two runs scored to lead the Blue Crabs. An­gel Sanchez went 2 for 4 and added two RBIs in the los­ing ef­fort.

In the sec­ond game of the dou­ble­header, the Blue Crabs trailed early, but a four-run bot­tom of the sec­ond and three more runs in the fourth sparked them to the win.

Gary Brown drove in four runs on two hits and scored twice. Of Brown’s high­lights was a three-run jack in the sec­ond frame, the first three-run homer by a Blue Crab since July 29th. My­ers and Gar­cia also each fin­ished with three hits in the win.

Scott Sn­odgress picked up the win out the bullpen, pitch­ing three score­less in­nings with two strike­outs, al­low­ing just one hit.

PHOTO BY BERT HINDMAN

Blue Crabs re­liever Joe Van Me­ter came out of the bullpen to pitch the top of the eighth in the 7-4 loss to the Bridge­port Blue­fish on Wed­nes­day night at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf. Van Me­ter al­lowed one run with one strike­out in the game.

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