The Sugar Land Skeeters defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 4-1 Thursday night in the series opener of a four-game set.
The Skeeters are 36-31 in the second half and now lead York Revolution by one game in the Freedom Division.
Brett Marshall pitched a gem to earn his sixth win of the season. Marshall went seven innings, only giving up a run on four hits with nine strikeouts and a walk. Gaby Hernandez took his 10th loss of the season, giving up four runs on six hits with nine strikeouts and two walks in eight innings of work.
The Skeeters took a 3-0 lead in second starting with Hernandez’s bases loaded walk that allowed Travis Scott to score. Albert Cordero continued to add to the lead with a sac-fly RBI that scored Jeff Dominguez. Rene Tosoni tacked on another run with an RBI single that scored Lance Zawadzki. The Blue Crabs picked up their lone run on a passed ball by Brett Marshall in the fifth that scored Zach Wilson.
Jeremy Barfield extended the lead to 4-1 by belting his 26th homer of the season over the left-center field wall. Derrick Loop sent the Blue Crabs down in order in the ninth to earn his 31st save of the season.
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The Skeeters will continue their series with the Blue Crabs tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. RHP Michael Nix (2-1, 2.70 ERA) will face off against RHP Daryl Thompson (5-9, 4.67 ERA). Purchase tickets by calling the Skeeters box office at 281-240-4487 or visit www.sugarlandskeeters.com.