Patriots Drop 9-7 Battle

Waldorf, Maryland – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (19-16, 44-60) scored six runs in the fourth inning to down the Somerset Patriots (13-22, 55-50) 9-7 on Saturday night at Regency Furniture Stadium.

The Patriots jumped ahead with a run in the first inning when Justin Pacchioli walked, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Edwin Espinal, the next batter, drove Pacchioli in with a sacrifice fly. 

Mike Ohlman reached on an error by third baseman Tony Thomas to lead off the second inning. Then, Yovan Gonzalez was hit by a pitch. After a successful sacrifice bunt from Rey Navarro, Teodoro Martinez delivered a two-run single to center field to stretch the Patriots lead to 3-0. 

But the Blue Crabs offense heated up in the third. Thomas drove in a run on a single to left and later scored on Cory Vaughn double to make it a 3-2 game. 

In the fourth, Southern Maryland poured it on with six runs on four hits to take an 8-3 lead. 

After three scoreless frames, Alfredo Rodriguez began the eighth with a single up the middle. Next, Will Kengor doubled to center field, then Pacchioli drove in Rodriguez with a single. Later in the inning, Kengor scored on a wild pitch and Mike Ohlman and Gonzalez finished off the scoring with back-to-back RBI doubles to cut the deficit to one.

The Blue Crabs got a run back in the bottom of the eighth inning when Mike Falsetti scored on a wild pitch. 

Kyle Simon (4-8) earned the win after giving up eight runs in 7.1 innings. Rick Teasley (4-2) takes the loss after allowing eight to score in four innings. Mat Latos (19) recorded the save for the Blue Crabs.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford continues with five more games on the road before the team returns home on Friday, August 23 to host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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