WALDORF, Md.– The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs defeated the Newark Bears 8-1 on Wednesday night at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland.
Travis Garcia was the story for the Blue Crabs. Garcia blasted a solo shot out to left in the home first to put Southern Maryland up 1-0. The Blue Crabs added three more runs in the second off Bears’ starter Paul Fagan. With the bases loaded, Richard Giannotti reached on a fielder’s choice and an error plated Matt Craig from third. Two batters later, Jamar Hill brought home two more on a two-out RBI single to left and it was 4-0.
Garcia continued his strong night collecting his second dinger in the third to push the lead to five. The Bears broke the shutout in the visitor’s fifth loading the bases on an Edgardo Alfonzo walk and singles by Carl Everett and John-Ford Griffin. Alfonzo came home on a groundout to pull Newark within four, trailing 5-1.
Garcia quickly pushed the lead back to five runs as he tripled and scored in the home half inning. Garcia finished his 4-for-4 night with his third homer in the seventh and it was 7-1 Blue Crabs. Jeremy Owens padded the advantage with an RBI ground-rule double in the frame to give the Blue Crabs a seven-run cushion.
Dan Reichert (5-4) took the victory, firing seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, with a walk and four strikeouts. Fagan (3-4) suffered the loss, surrendering six runs, four earned, on nine hits, with two walks and four strikeouts over six innings.
The Bears and Blue Crabs square off in the rubber of the series Thursday night. Game is set for 7:05 p.m. Fans can tune into all the action on www.newarkbears.com with David Greenwald providing all the play-by-play.
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