Blue Crabs lose at Somerset, win 2 of 3 vs. Bridgeport
6-run eighth sends team to second-straight loss; won 2 of 3 vs. Bridgeport Bluefish
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs were six outs away from taking the opener of a crucial four-game series versus Somerset at TD Bank Ballpark in New Jersey, one featuring the firstplace teams in both divisions of the Atlantic League.
Southern Maryland had just taken a 6-4 lead with three runs in the top of the eighth inning, then manager John Harris turned to his bullpen for the bottom half after 2003 La Plata High School graduate Daryl Thompson worked seven innings.
With a run already in, Blue Crabs shortstop Edwin Garcia committed a throwing error that allowed the tying run to score. Then, the floodgates opened as Somerset would end up sending 11 hitters to the plate in the inning, scoring six total runs, to pull out a 10-6 win.
It was Southern Maryland’s second straight loss, dropping to 36-27 overall. The Blue Crabs’ lead in the Freedom Division first-half standings stood at two games over Lancaster after Monday’s action, while Somerset (40-24) looks to clinch the Liberty Division firsthalf title during the series with the Blue Crabs, which continues through Thursday.
Zack Thornton took the loss in relief, allowing five unearned runs, as it took three relievers to get three outs in the eighth. Thompson left with the lead but gets a no-decision, giving up four runs, all earned, on 11 hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Jose Lozada hit two home runs in the loss, the second led off the sixth and tied the game at 3. Somerset took a 4-3 lead into the eighth where Garcia singled in LJ Hoes with the bases loaded to knot the game, then Michael Snyder walked with the bases loaded to put the Blue Crabs in front. Lozada scored on Cory Vaughn’s RBI single, but Brian Bistagne hit into an inning-ending double play to kill the threat.
With the game tied at 6 after Garcia’s error, Kyle Roller put Somerset ahead to stay with a run-scoring single, plating
Christian Marrero. Five of the six runs scored in the inning came with two outs.
Blue Crabs win 2 of 3 vs. Bridgeport
Less than 24 hours after winning in walk-off fashion, 5-4 in 11 innings over Bridgeport on Devon Rodriguez’s two-run homer, the Blue Crabs entered Sunday’s three-game series finale looking for the proverbial sweep.
However, the Bluefish scored four runs in the third en route to a 6-3 win over the Blue Crabs at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf.
Southern Maryland, which had its three-game win streak snapped, took Friday’s series opener 7-5 and won on Saturday to clinch its fifth straight series win. It wrapped up a four-game series at York on Thursday with a 5-4 win to take three of four in that series.
“We know Bridgeport is a real good team and we felt pretty good to take two of three in the series,” Harris said Sunday. “We just want to finish up this road trip strong and take one game at a time. We battled today, just came up short.”
Bridgeport starting pitcher Tyler Badamo kept the Blue Crabs high-powered offense in check, picking up his fourth win of the season, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and two walks. Manny Delcarmen pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the bottom half of the ninth to notch his first save of the season.
Blue Crabs starter Pat McCoy suffered the loss, surrendering four runs on six hits in six innings with one strikeout and a walk.
Bridgeport started the third off with back-to back singles from Andrew Lambo and D’Arby Myers. After a sacrifice bunt from Luis Hernandez moved runners to second and third, Jose Cuevas was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Daniel Fields put the Bluefish on the board with a two-run single, then Jonathan Galvez hit a RBI double. Tony Abreu capped the frame with a sacrifice fly, driving in Fields to give the visitors a 4-0 lead.
The Blue Crabs scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth on Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly and scored two more runs in the eighth on an RBI fielder’s choice by Vaughn and a bases-loaded walk by Zach Cone.
The Bluefish scored two insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back RBI singles from Lambo and Myers to cap off the scoring.
The Blue Crabs were led by Garcia with three hits and two runs scored.
Saturday, in a game that lasted 4 hours and 33 minutes, Angel Rosa’s RBI double in the top half of the 11th plated Fields to put Bridgeport up 4-3. But in the bottom half, Rodriguez launched a walk-off, two-run bomb over the right-field wall off of Bridgeport reliever David Carpenter to win the game.
“That win [Saturday] was big. We are in a middle of a pennant race, so I just want to do whatever I can to help the team win,”
said Rodriguez after Sunday’s loss. “We are playing well right now and we didn’t get the win today, but we will bounce back on the road trip. As a team, we are clicking right now and everyone is pulling for one another.”
Jesse Beal, who allowed the go-ahead run in the 11th, improved to 5-0 when Rodriguez won the game in the bottom half. Beal and four other relievers combined to allow just one run on three hits in five innings.
Rodriguez finished with three hits and three RBIs to lead the Blue Crabs, while Lozada and Luis Alen added two hits and an RBI.
Friday, Southern Maryland scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 7-3 lead, highlighted by Lozada’s bases-loaded, two-run single, and held on for the win.
Lozada finished 4 for 5 with four singles, two RBIs and two
runs scored. He finished with eight hits in the series.
Brian Grening threw seven innings, allowing just one earned run on seven hits to go to 6-1. Beal came on with two outs in the ninth and retired Galvez for his second save of the season.
Thursday, Zach Wilson hit a solo homer in the eighth to break a 3-3 tie and Bistagne hit a sacrifice fly to add a run in the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth with a run home, Southern Maryland closer Cody Eppley got Michael Burgess to hit into an game-ending double play and pick up his 19th save in 19 opportunities. It was the fifth double play that the Blue Crabs turned on the night.
Lozada had a solo home run and Rodriguez had a two-run shot in the game. The Blue Crabs were outhit 16-6 in the game.
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs celebrate at home plate Saturday night after Devon Rodriguez’s two-run, walk-off home run en route to a 5-4 victory over Bridgeport at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. The Blue Crabs fell 6-3 on Sunday to take two of three in the series, then lost Monday night 10-6 at Somerset.
Blue Crabs right fielder Zach Cone awaits the pitch at the plate in Sunday’s series finale versus Bridgeport at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. Cone drove in run on walk in the bottom of the eighth as Bridgeport won the game 6-3, but the Blue Crabs took the series by winning two of three.