News Release, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Bridgewater Township, NJ-The Blue Crabs headed into a series finale against the Somerset Patriots with their collective eyes set on avoiding a sweep. A defensive battle that swung in favor of the opposition wouldn’t satisfy Southern Maryland’s hopes as the affair would go down as a 3-1 Patriot victory.
David Kubiak (W, 6-1) put a terrific season on the line in a start against the Blue Crabs and came out victorious. Southern Maryland’s nine hole hitter, Josh McAdams gave Somerset the lone scare of the afternoon in the top of the third inning. McAdams put a jolt into a Kubiak offering and sent it out of the ballpark, putting the good guys up by one score early.
With Michael Kelly on the mound, the right-hander with an ERA better than 2.50 as a starter this season, Southern Maryland knew coming in that at the very least their opponents’ offense would be dampened. Outside of a long-ball in the bottom of the fourth from the Blue Crab killer himself, Michael Crouse, Kelly was nearly spotless as he would hand a 1-1 contest to James Dykstra (L, 1-1) after six terrific innings that included just three Somerset hits.
Somerset’s defensive backstop, Yovan Gonzalez proved to be an offensive presence as well when he lofted a single to center field to score the go ahead run in the form of Justin Pacchioli off of the right arm of Dykstra in the bottom of the seventh. A wild pitch would bring home another run in the inning to put the Patriots on top 3-1 heading into the latter stages.
Southern Maryland was able to muster just two hits in the game, both from McAdams. Kubiak proved to be a forced to be reckoned with as he tossed a complete game, giving the Patriots a sweep on a 3-1 win.
The Blue Crabs will return home on June 21thfor the first game of six-game homestandthat will begin against the High Point Rockers with a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.
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