Blue Crabs break tie in ninth inning, win series opener against Barnstormers 5-4

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After only allowing three runs in his last 27.2 innings, Pete Andrelczyk gave up the go-ahead run that would be the Barnstormers’ downfall in their 5-4 loss to the Blue Crabs on Friday night.

Andrelczyk, a late-innings ace in Lancaster’s bullpen, was pitching his second inning in a tie game. Andrelczyk was not as efficient as he usually is in these situations, walking two batters and facing eight batters total in his two innings of work. The ninth inning lead-off hitter, Eric Garcia, was walked. Garcia ended up scoring on a Darby Myers RBI single.

The Barnstormers made things interesting in the ninth inning. With one out, second baseman Jeff Kobernus walked and stole second base. However, shortstop Kevin Ahrens hit a ball to the shortstop –  Garcia –  who made the force out to Bryant Nelson at third base. Caleb Gindl struck out to end the game, and Cody Eppley picked up his 14th save.

Lancaster led 4-2 after three innings, but could not hold the lead as they were held scoreless for the rest of the game.

The Barnstormers put together a very nice third inning, scoring all four of their runs. Ahrens got things started on a three-run jack. Coming in to the game, Ahrens was .322 with runners on base with two home runs. The home run brought home catcher Charlie Cutler and Kobernus, who both singled.

After Ahrens, Gindl singled and stole second base during Josh Bell’s at-bat. Bell would single, moving Gindl to third. Gindl would then score on a double play hit by designated hitter Mike Jacobs.

Southern Maryland was able to score two runs off of Lancaster starter Tanner Peters on two separate occasions. In the second inning, designated hitter Gustavo Molina singled and scored when Jamar Walton homered to put the Blue Crabs on top 2-0 with no outs. The home run was Walton’s ninth of the season, and he now has the second most homers for Southern Maryland. All-Star Michael Snyder leads the team with 13.

In the fifth inning, Nelson picked up his 25th RBI on the season when he drove in Myers. Myers had reached first base on an error by Ahrens and stole second base before Bryant got him home. Nelson would get home as well, singling and stealing second base before coming home on an RBI single from Molina.

Tanner Peters ended going five innings, allowing four runs, however only two of them were earned. He allowed nine hits, a walk and struck out five. Blue Crabs starter Tim Sexton also got a no-decision, pitching four innings and allowing four runs on nine hits and four strikeouts. Reliever Robert Carson picked up the win, going two innings in relief and striking out two.

Tomorrow night marks the second game of this four-game series with the Blue Crabs. First pitch is at 7:00 pm at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The pitching match-up will be Southern Maryland’s Brian Burres (6-4, 2.75 ERA) vs Lancaster’s Mike Lee (4-2, 4.45 ERA).

 

 

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