(Waldorf, MD., May 21, 2018)– The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (7-15) lost the series opener against the New Britain Bees (7-15) 2-1, a tightly-contested pitcher’s duel throughout.

The Bees wasted no time grabbing an early lead, scoring a run in the top of the first. A popup started the night, before a double from Deibinson Romero put the first runner of base for the Bees. Reid Brignac followed with a double of his own, easily scoring Romero to grab the lead. Jason Rogers followed with a single, putting runners on the corners with still just one down in the inning. Daryl Thompson (2-2) recovered nicely, getting back-to-back popups to retire the side and strand a pair of runners in the inning.

After a scoreless second inning, the Bees added another in the third on a solo homerun from Romero. The homerun was Romero’s third of the season, and gave Rainy Lara (1-2) a 2-0 lead to work with. The Blue Crabs looked to respond in the bottom of the third, loading the bases in the inning. A one-out single from Angelys Nina got the offense started, moving to scoring position on a walk. Teodoro Martinez then drew a walk as well, loading the bases with two outs for the cleanup hitter Angelo Songco. Songco fought in the at-bat, before Lara won won the battle and forced a flyout to strand all three runners.

Lara and Thompson continued to battle back and forth, with both trading scoreless innings.

The Bees starter allowed a leadoff single in the sixth, before picking up two straight outs. He was then lifted for left-hander Jim Fuller, setting up a lefty-lefty matchup with Devon Rodriguez to end the inning. On the other side, Thompson settled in nicely, retiring the final seven batters he faced. The right-hander allowed just the two early runs in seven innings of work, striking out eight and allowing no walks.

The Blue Crabs looked to fight back late and get their starter off the hook for his second straight loss. Martinez stayed hot in the bottom of the eighth, picking up a solo homerun to cut the deficit to just one run. Tyler Higgins (S,1) came on for the Bees in the ninth, looking to shut the door on the opener. The right-hander, in his first save opportunity of the season, worked a flawless ninth. The 1-2-3 inning finished off the 2-1 win for the Bees, and sent the Blue Crabs losing streak to four games.

The Blue Crabs return to action Tuesday, May 22ndfor second game of a four-game home series against the New Britain Bees.First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Tuesday at Regency Furniture Stadium.

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