After obliterating the West Virginia Power in the season opener, the former Pirates affiliate evened the series on Saturday night, defeating the Blue Crabs by a score of 4-1.
Mike Devine (L, 0-1) got the start for the Blue Crabs, joining the team after nine incredible seasons with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association.
West Virginia tacked on a run in the bottom of the first inning on a Jose Tabata sacrifice fly. In the third, the Power added three more on a homer from a former Blue Crab, Rubi Silva.
Devine settled in after a rocky start, tossing five innings in the loss. The Pennsylvania native got his only run support of the evening in the top of the fourth. Braxton Lee, a former major leaguer hit a solo shot to put the Blue Crabs on the board. Lee’s blast marked the fifth Blue Crabs home run in the team’s first 12 innings of the season.
The bats fell silent on both sides in the latter half of the game, as fans got a glimpse at the Blue Crabs’ highly anticipated bullpen. Blake Bivens, Kolton Mahoney, and Carlos Diaz combined for three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.
Southern Maryland would lose by a final score of 4-1, tying up the series at one game apiece. The Power and the Blue Crabs will meet on Sunday, 5/30, at 1:05 PM for the third game in a four-game series.
About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
The Blue Crabs play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The Blue Crabs, set to kick off their 13th season of baseball, call Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland home. For more information on the Blue Crabs, please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information.