Blue Crabs get revenge, top Long Is­land

Sanchez drives in five RBIs in vic­tory af­ter loss in sus­pended game

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

The South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs were look­ing to turn things around and they did just that in the sec­ond of a three-game se­ries in Long Is­land on Wed­nes­day night.

Des­ig­nated hit­ter An­gel Sanchez help turned the tides with his four hits, five RBIs, a home run and a dou­ble to pro­pel the Blue Crabs to a 6-4 vic­tory over the Ducks to even the se­ries at 1 apiece at Beth­page Ball­park in Cen­tral Is­lip, N.Y.

It marked the Blue Crabs’ fourth win in its last five games en­ter­ing Thurs­day.

“Long Is­land is a tough team to beat on their home field and this was a big win for us,” Blue Crabs man­ager Jeremy Owens said. “We are mak­ing a push and we want to con­tinue to fin­ish the sea­son off strong. Tonight I think we found our­selves.”

Long Is­land won the opener 9-3 in a con­test com­pleted Wed­nes­day af­ter it was sus­pended Tues­day in the top of the sev­enth due to light tower fail­ure with the Blue Crabs trail­ing 9-1. The game was fin­ished be­fore the reg­u­larly sched­uled con­test, which played to just seven in­nings.

Tied at 3 in the reg­u­larly sched­uled game, Sanchez hit a two-run homer off Long Is­land starter John Brownell to put the Blue Crabs on top 5-3 and the vis­i­tors led the rest of the day.

“Af­ter a tough loss it felt good to come­back and get a big win,” said Sanchez, who fin­ished a per­fect 4 for 4 at the plate in the reg­u­larly sched­uled

game. “I just wanted to con­trib­ute and do what is best for the team.”

The vis­i­tors tacked on an­other run in the sev­enth when D’Arby My­ers came across home plate on a bases loaded walk by Michael Sny­der.

The Ducks re­sponded with one more run in the bot­tom of the sev­enth on a solo homer by Matt Wessinger. Then af­ter a sin­gle by An­thony Vega, Blue Crabs closer Cody Ep­p­ley forced Fehlandt Len­tini to ground into a 6-3 dou­ble play and Delta Cleary Jr. to ground­out to end the game. Ep­p­ley picked up his 24th save of the sea­son.

South­ern Mary­land (46-69 over­all, 20-25 sec­ond half), which out­hit Long Is­land, the Lib­erty Di­vi­sion first-half cham­pi­ons, 12-8 in the con­test, sat in the third place, 8 1/2 games back of Sugar Land in the Free­dom Di­vi­sion sec­ond-half stand­ings en­ter­ing Thurs­day’s se­ries fi­nale. The Blue Crabs come home to host the Skeeters in a three-game week­end se­ries that be­gins at 7:05 tonight.

“An­gel is not afraid of two strikes and has been a RBI ma­chine lately,” Owens said. “Guys re­ally rub off of him and he is us­ing all the field and is un­der­stand­ing how pitch­ers are throw­ing to him.”

Blue Crabs starter Brian Bur­res picked up his first win on the hill since July 26, end­ing a string of four straight de­feats to take his record to 9-8. His nine wins are tied for sec­ond and his ERA of 3.01 is third in the At­lantic League en­ter­ing Thurs­day. Bur­res al­lowed three runs on six hits in five in­nings with one walk and five strike­outs.

“It felt good to break my per­sonal los­ing streak,” he said. “The guys re­ally had my back tonight. I was a lit­tle off and ever ybody did a great job pick­ing up my slack. Hit­ting, de­fense and the bullpen were all great for tonight’s win.”

The Blue Crabs went up 1-0 on Sanchez’s RBI sin­gle, but Long Is­land (61-53, 21-23) re­sponded with two runs on a Ruben Go­tay’s RBI dou­ble and an RBI sin­gle by Mike Dowd.

Af­ter a score­less sec­ond in­ning, the Blue Crabs re­sponded in the top of the third on a two-run dou­ble by Sanchez. The Ducks tied the game up at 3 in the bot­tom of the frame on a Go­tay RBI sin­gle. Then in the fifth, Sanchez again dis­played his power with the huge tworun shot.

Brownell took the loss for the Ducks, giv­ing up six runs, four earned, on 11 hits with four strike­outs in 6 1/3 in­nings.

In the Tues­day por­tion of the se­ries opener, Long Is­land scored four runs in the bot­tom of the third and bat­ted around to add five more in the fourth.

Ja­mar Wal­ton’s RBI sin­gle in the top of the fourth, Zach Wil­son’s RBI dou­ble in the eighth and My­ers’ RBI sin­gle in the ninth were Blue Crabs only runs in the game.

Wil­son fin­ished 3 for 4 with two dou­bles, an RBI and run scored. Af­ter the con­test he tied with Lan­caster’s Caleb Gindl for the At­lantic League lead in dou­bles with 32. Gindl picked up a dou­ble later Wed­nes­day night to take the lead back. Len­tini is right be­hind Gindl and Wil­son with 31.

Blue Crabs starter Tim Sexton al­lowed nine runs on 12 hits in six in­nings in the loss.

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