WALDORF, Md. – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs defeated the Newark Bears 3-2 in the series opener on Tuesday night in Waldorf, Maryland.
The Blue Crabs started the scoring the home second. Back-to-back walks, including a RBI walk by Jamar Hill, followed back-to-back one-out singles by Matt Craig and Eric Crozier and Southern Maryland had a 1-0 lead. Christian Lopez plated two more with a RBI single to push the advantage to three runs.
After a one hour and fourteen minute rain delay, the teams returned to the field and the Bears’ bats awakened from their slumber against Blue Crab starter Connor Robertson. Robertson, who set down eight straight at one point and didn’t surrender a hit through four innings, took the hill in the fifth. After a leadoff single by Brian Barton, who went 1-for-3 in his Bears’ debut, Tom Pennino followed two batters later and blasted a two-run shot out of left-center field to pull Newark within a run at 3-2.
Robertson (3-2) earned the win scattering just two hits and two earned runs, with a strikeout and a walk in five innings of work. Perkins (0-5) tossed four innings, allowing three runs on four hits, with four walks and pair of strikeouts in a losing effort. Four Blue Crab relievers, including Jim Ed Warden, who recorded his tenth save, combined to surrender just one hit, one walk and record a strikeout over four scoreless innings.
The Bears and Blue Crabs continue the series on Wednesday. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. Fans can tune into the action at www.newarkbears.com as David Greenwald provides the play-by-play.
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