DOWNWARD TURN: Most of the second half was not kind to Southern Maryland as they finished with a record of 27-43. In the dog days of August, the Crabs dropped a season high six games from August 5th to August 9th, a five game losing streak from August 12 to the 16th, and a four game skid August 18th to the 21st. The Blue Crabs finished the month of August with a league worst 9-20, and registered the highest ERA (4.93) among all Atlantic League teams.
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL: After a miserable month of August, the calendar turned to September. Despite going 8-12 in the final month of the season, the Blue Crabs finished the season winning three of four in the final week of the season. The Crabs got RHPs Shaun Garceau, who won 13 games in the 2014 season with the Long Island Ducks back into their rotation, and Jon Leicester back from the Mexican League. Newcomer Tim Sexton also transitioned from the bullpen to the starting rotation. The right hander got the start on August 28th, going six innings, allowing a run on just five hits, and striking out seven to pick up his first Atlantic League win of his career against a dangerous hitting Long Island club.
OFFENSIVE NUMBERS: As of September 18th, Southern Maryland checked into play ranked in the top third of the league in various offensive catagories:
BATTING AVERAGE: T-2nd (.264)
OPS: 3rd (.717)
SLUGGING %: 3rd (.387)
SACRIFICE FLIES: 1st (44)
EXTRA BASE HITS: 1ST (352)
ABERCROMBIE AND PITCH: Southern Maryland added outfielder Reggie Abercrombie via a trade to give some more punch to the lineup. Reggie made his debut on September 11th, knocking in the game winning run in extra innings with an RBI double against York. The veteran outfielder spent parts of three seasons at the Major League level with the Florida Marlins, and Houston Astros.
SWEET NELLY: The Crabs added infield veteran Bryant Nelson to the roster in August. Nelson was signed as a free agent on August 18th and ripped off an seven game hitting streak to give Southern Maryland a much needed boost.
ZACH ATTACK: Infielder Zach Wilson finished the regular season with 61 hits in 41 days. Wilson also hit .365 with two homeruns and 22 runs batted in in his final 41 games.
BOOSTER CLUB AWARDS: The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs booster club handed out its’ yearly awards for the 2015 season on the final regular season home game. Zach Wilson took the award for the best batting average and most RBIs. Other players receiving awards were outfielder Fred Lewis (hustle), Jovan Rosa (most homeruns), Casey Frawley (MVP), Antone DeJesus (gold glove), Shaun Garceau (best ERA), and Cody Eppley (best ERA for a reliever).