Patriots Lose Game, Nettles Against Southern Maryland

(PR) Bridgewater, NJ – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs defeated the Somerset Patriots 7-5 in front of 6,433 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday evening to snap the Patriots winning streak at six games.

The Blue Crabs took a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Pat Osborne singled, Eric Crozier singled, and Matt Craig drew a walk to load the bases. Center fielder Jeremy Owens plated Osborne with a sacrifice fly to left. Left fielder Brian McFall (1) followed with a three-run home run to take a 4-0 lead.

Southern Maryland added a run in the top of the third inning on a solo home run by second baseman Casey Benjamin (2) for a 5-0 advantage.

Somerset cut the lead to 5-2 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Shortstop Elliott Ayala and designated hitter Pete LaForest each singled and later scored on a two-run single by catcher Jason Belcher.

The Blue Crabs extended the lead to 6-2 with a run in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI groundout by Osborne.

The Patriots rallied to cut the lead to one run with a three run bottom of the seventh inning. Shortstop Iggy Suarez, first baseman Joe Burke, and second baseman Ryan Freel all singled to load the bases. Right fielder Noah Hall then cleared the bases with a three-run triple down the right field line to make the score 6-5.

Southern Maryland answered with a run in the top of the eighth inning. Owens doubled and later scored on an RBI single by Benjamin for a 7-5 lead.

Blue Crabs starter Jarrett Grube (1-0) got the win after tossing five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and four strikeouts. Patriots starter Jesse Darcy (1-1) suffered the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings pitched. Jim Warden picked up his fourth save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

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