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(Waldorf, MD., Jul. 3, 2018) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (25-36) fell in the second game in the series against the Somerset Patriots (34-27) 6-2.
The Blue Crabs wasted no time getting their offense going, putting up a run in the bottom of the first. Ryan Strausborger doubled on the first pitch of the inning, keeping it just fair past the third base bag and into the left field corner. Edwin Garcia moved him over to third with a sacrifice bunt, allowing a sacrifice fly from Teodoro Martinez to bring Strausborger home to open the scoring on the night.
Casey Delgado (4-5) was strong out of the gates for Southern Maryland, holding on to his lead. The right-hander allowed just one hit through the first four innings of the game, before the Patriots offense came alive in the fifth inning.
A strikeout started the frame, before a hit-by-pitch got a runner aboard. Two batters later, another hit-by-pitch put two on with two out for the top of the Somerset lineup. An infield single from Julio Borbon loaded the bases, before a single from Endy Chavez allowed two runners to cross. The two-RBI single gave the Patriots there first lead on the night, taking a 2-1 game to the sixth inning.
Somerset kept the scoring going in the sixth, putting up four more runs in the inning. Back-to-back one-out singles got the offense going, before Justin Pacchioli was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game to load the bases. Mike Fransoso promptly cleared the bases, coming through with a triple to score all three runners. After a pitching change ended the night for Delgado, Yovan Gonzalez added another to the total with a sacrifice fly to score Fransoso and give the Patriots a 6-1 lead.
David Kubiak (4-1) was very strong on the mound for the Patriots on the night, settling down after the first inning. The righty held strong to his five-run lead, allowing just four hits over his final 5+ innings. Kubiak was removed from the game after a leadoff single from Francisco Rosario started the seventh, handing the lead over to his bullpen.
Logan Kensing was first on in relief, taking over the inherited runner at first with nobody out in the inning. Kensing picked up a flyout, and a 6-4-3 double play to retire the side, and send the game into the ninth inning.
Mike Antonini came on next to pitch for the Patriots, picking up two quick outs in the inning. The southpaw then allowed a solo homerun to Frank Martinez, his fourth homerun of the season. Antonini bounced back to get a groundout to second, ending the 6-2 win in favor of the Patriots.
The Blue Crabs return to action Wednesday, July 4th for the third game in the series against the Patriots. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Wednesday at Regency Furniture Stadium.
For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 301-638-9788.