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

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MASON aj­ma­son@somd­

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.

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