(Lancaster, PA., Sep. 10, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (28-36) won the series finale against the Lancaster Barnstormers (34-30) 3-1, behind a stellar pitching performance from David Russo (2-3).
The Blue Crabs grabbed the lead early in the game, scoring a pair in the top of the first. Edwin Garcia got the offense going on a double off Brad Bergesen (9-9) with one out in the inning. Back-to-back RBI hits followed, as Nate Samson drove in Garcia, and then scored himself on a single from Michael Snyder to give the Blue Crabs a 2-0 lead.
Russo took the mound in the bottom of the first with a two-run lead despite not having thrown a pitch in the outing yet. The southpaw retired the first 11 batters he faced on the day, before a two-out walk in the fourth inning finally put a man aboard for the Barnstormers. After a hit-by-pitch moved the runner into scoring position, Russo bounced back to get a flyout from Sean Halton to end the inning.
Southern Maryland added another insurance run in the fifth, as the Barnstormers turned to the bullpen. Jarrett Leverett came in to replace Bergesen, picking up a strikeout before issuing a walk to Luis Alen. Another walked followed, as Zach Cone headed to first putting runners on the corners with one out for Jose Lozada. Lozada singled to center field, scoring Alen, but ending the inning as he and Cone both were thrown out trying to advance to second and third on the play as well.
The Blue Cras took their 3-0 advantage into the bottom half of the inning, as Russo headed back put and turned in another 1-2-3 inning. He finally allowed his first hit in the bottom of the sixth, as Trayvon Robinson ended the no-hit bid with a two-out single before Russo got out of the inning.
Southern Maryland sent Russo back out to start the seventh, picking up a popup for out number one before giving up a single to Sean Halton. The hit ended the day for Russo, as he exited giving up just two hits across 6.1 innings. He turned over the three-run lead to another lefty, as Rob Carson came on and took just six pitches to finish off the inning.
After a scoreless eighth from both bullpens, the Blue Crabs turned the ninth inning over to closer Cody Eppley (S,32). Eppley walked Robinson to start the inning, with Robinson moving into scoring position on a groundout. After a strikeout, Halton singled to score Robinson and cut the lead to 3-1. Eppley recovered to get a groundball from Steve Clevenger, ending the game with a Blue Crabs victory. The win gives Southern Maryland back-to-back series wins with just six games remaining in the regular season.
The Blue Crabs have the day off tomorrow, before their road trip continues against the second-half Freedom Division leaders, the York Revolution. Southern Maryland will send RHP Daryl Thompson (9-6, 3.70) to the mound for the series opener. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. on Tuesday at PeoplesBank Park.
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