Mother Nature strikes again
Storm denies Blue Crabs opportunity for comeback
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.
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.