WALDORF, Md. – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs defeated the Newark Bears 4-0 on Wednesday night in Waldorf, Maryland.
It was a pitchers duel between Newark’s Kelvin Villa, who made his Bears’ debut, and the Blue Crabs’ Kenny Rayborn. Villa struck out the side in the first inning on his way to nine strikeouts, a new single-game best for the Bears in 2010. Rayborn scattered a pair of hits in his first frame and then set down nine straight.
The Blue Crabs cracked the scoreboard in the third off Villa. Jamar Hill reached on a two-out fielder’s choice and Travis Garcia brought him with a two-run shot to left, his ninth of the season, to make it 2-0 Southern Maryland.
Newark threatened in the visitor’s sixth against Rayborn. Walks by Daryle Ward, Carl Everett and a single by Brian Barton, who finished the day 2-for-4, loaded the bases. Joe Newby came on in relief and set down the next three batters to keep the Bears at bay.
Southern Maryland extended its lead in the home sixth on an Eric Crozier bases-loaded sacrifice fly and it was 3-0. The advantage moved to four runs as Jamar Hill plated Richard Giannotti on a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Rayborn (6-3) got the victory, firing five innings of scoreless ball, scattering five hits, with three walks and strikeout. Villa (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on four hits, with three walks to go along with his nine Ks in five and one-third innings of work. Four Blue Crabs relievers, including Newby, combined to surrender just two hits, while striking out eight in four innings of relief.
Newark wraps up the series with Southern Maryland on Thursday night. 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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