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RHP from Sierra College Aaron Herr shines against Crawdads

By Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
July 9, 2016

ARCATA —With the Crabs spending the four games lighting up the scoreboard, it was the pitching that shined brightest as the Crabs held off the Walnut Creek Crawdads 2-1 Saturday Night at the Arcata Ball Park. Aaron Herr turned in a masterful performance going six innings and only allowing one run on six hits, with four strikeouts and a walk for the win.

“I really liked how I threw my curveball,” Herr said. “I’ve been working on turning that into an effective pitch.”

The Sacramento native also boasted an effective fastball and slider, pitches he’ll need to execute with as he transfers from Sierra Community College up to the NCAA Division I level.

“I’ll be transferring to St. Johns University in New York,” he said. “It’ll be interesting with the cold weather as I’ve never played in the snow before.”

The Crabs bullpen turned in yet another shutdown performance as Kyle Smith, Justin Watland and Austin Ragsdale each pitched a scoreless inning in relief, with Ragsdale picking up the save.

The Crabs would score a run in both the second and third innings for their only offense of the night, but with Herr’s performance, that was all they needed. Jayson Newman led off the second with a walk and showed heads-up base running advancing from first to third on Michael Perri’s single, a ball that ate Crawdads player Connor Casperson alive at second base and skipped into right-center.

That allowed him to score on a groundout to short by David Hamilton and the Crabs took a 1-0 lead. They would get their second run in the third when Mason Cerrillo started the inning with a double and David Hamilton followed with a single that sent Cerrillo to third. Brian Pozos then hit a scoring fly ball to center field to give the Crabs a 2-0 advantage.

The Crabs pitching staff was able to make that lead stand, as they only allowed the Crawdads to score in the fifth. With two outs, Mickey Nunes hit a double, then was singled home by Casperson, who took second on the throw. With the tying run at second base and two out, Aaron Herr bore down and struck out Alex Tsuruda to end the threat.

Herr showed even more poise in the sixth inning. After a hit batter and a single put runners at first and third, catcher Logan Denholm picked off Trevor Greenley form first base, caused Michael Lagier to pop out foul to first base, and after a walk to load the bases, struck out Vincent Volpatti to put out the fire.

The Crawdads had one more chance to tie the game in the ninth. With two outs, Turner Lace hit a ball off the glove of Pozos followed by a single by Nunes to put the tying run in scoring position. Ragsdale then sealed the game by striking out Casperson to end it.

For his part, Crawdads started David Rajeski turned in a solid performance in defeat. He went five innings and gave up only two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Sam Carter pitched three scoreless innings in relief with only one hit against him.

Both these teams will conclude their three game series Sunday afternoon, with a 12:30pm first pitch. The Crabs will be celebrating founder Lou Bonomini’s 100th birthday as part of the day’s festivities. Gates open at 11:30am and kids are invited to run the bases after the game.

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10-Run Fourth Sinks Crabs in Finale

By Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
July 3, 2016

ARCATA—The Crabs were able to keep Top Speed baseball off the scoreboard for eight out of nine innings on Sunday, but allowed 10 Top Speed runners to cross the plate in the fourth inning and fell to them 10-2 at the Arcata Ball Park.

The Crabs (12-10) scored their two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Ryan Reynolds two-run home run. Otherwise, it was the top of the fourth inning that decided the ballgame.

In all, 15 men came to the plate for Top Speed (24-2) in that fourth inning. Top Speed scored 10 runs on six hits, drew four walks and had two batters hit by pitches. Grant St. Martin led off the inning with a double, followed by a walk to Matt Martinez. After a Rob Berning strikeout, Cody Erickson singled to load the bases.

St. Martin scored the first run on a bases loaded walk to Jack Dennis. Cesar Rodriguez promptly continued the rally with an RBI single, then Ryan Schalch hit a two- RBI single to make it 4-0. Nick Rao was then hit by a pitch to reload the bases and Matt Minnick was able to draw another walk to bring in the fifth run.

St. Martin contributed two more RBIs on a single and the game was then 7-0. Matt Martinez then walked to once again reload the bases, then Berning was hit by a pitch to make the score 8-0. The final blow of the inning came on a 2 RBI single by Cody Erickson and it became a 10-0 contest.

The rest of the game combined, Top Speed went scoreless while only managing three base hits and four walks. That fourth inning chased Crabs starter Ryan Sullivan out of the game. He finished the game having allowed 8 earned runs on four hits, while walking five and striking out six.

Jacob Gomez followed and surrendered two runs on two hits plus a walk without recording a single out. Ryan Smith, Riley Sweeney, and Kevin Calderhead would combine for 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Top Speed starter Diego Ibarra kept the Crabs at bay much of the afternoon before he ran out of gas and allowed the home run to Reynolds in the 7th. He went 6 1/3 innings, giving up only those two runs on four hits, with three walks and six strikeouts. Jake Pannunzio threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing on hit and two walks while striking out four.

The Crabs will continue their stretch of nine game in ten days on Monday as they welcome the Solano Mudcats to town. The game will have a special holiday start time of 2:30pm.

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Fireworks Come Early

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs
July 2, 2016

ARCATA — July 4th is still a couple of days away, but the fireworks were flying Saturday Night in the Crabs 2-0 loss to Top Speed Baseball at the Arcata Ball Park. In a game that featured two ejections and a shouting match that cleared the benches, the Crabs were unable to generate consistent offense behind a solid pitching performance from Aaron Herr.

Herr, who took the loss, went six innings and allowed only two runs (one earned) on two hits with six strikeouts and three walks. The only runs he allowed were on two unfortunate breaks that favored Top Speed.

In the Top of the fourth inning, Grant St. Martin walked with two outs and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With St. Martin at second, Matt Minnick lined a base hit into right field. Logan Busch charged it and instead of trying to throw out the runner at home, he went to first instead as Minnick took a wide turn and Newt Johnson tagged him for the third out.

It looked possible that Minnick was tagged out at first before St. Martin scored, which would have negated the run. Tyson Fisher came out and emphatically argued with home plate umpire Don Holfacker, who ruled that the run did score. Fisher was promptly ejected and Top Speed took a 1-0 lead.

Top Speed would score their second run in the fifth inning, as Chris Miguel led off with a walk and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a sacrifice bunt. Kyle Schmidt came up with two out and Miguel at third and hit a groundball deep in the hole at short. David Hamilton made a great stop, but his throw went wide of first base, allowing the run to score before he was tagged out trying to make it to second.

That would be the only offense generated by both teams as the Crabs scattered six hits, all of them singles. Top Speed starter Casey Brown was fantastic, going seven innings plus, allowing only five base hits while striking out eight and walking two. Mario Morales contributed two scoreless innings and picked up the save.

Things really got heated in the bottom of the eighth inning, however. With the bases loaded and two outs, the Crabs had their best chance to score of the evening. Logan Denholm popped the ball up and Top Speed first baseman Grant St. Martin came up to handle it, but had to stand in the basepath to do so. Denholm then collided with St. Martin and Denholm was called out for interference.

That’s when a few players on Top Speed stormed out of the dugout to confront Denholm and the Crabs responded with their benches clearing and eventually, every single player from both teams was on the field. There was a couple minutes of yelling and shouting, but no punches were thrown. Denholm was ejected for his collision, but no further disciplinary action was taken by the umpiring crew.

The Crabs and Top Speed Baseball will meet on Sunday afternoon for the rubber game of the three game series. Game time is at 12:30pm with gates opening at 11:30am. As with every Sunday afternoon game, kids are invited to run the bases after the final out.    

 

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Crabs Come Home, Stay Hot

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs
July 2, 2016

ARCATA—After being out of town for the past 10 days, the Crabs put an exclamation point on their triumphant return to Humboldt County as they bludgeoned Top Speed Baseball 16-2 Friday evening at the Arcata Ball Park.

The Crabs (12-8) have won their past five games after dropping the first three games of their road trip last week. For Top Speed (22-2), it was only their second loss of the season.

The scoring got started in the second inning, with Top Speed taking the first lead of the game. Nick Rao led off with a single and was doubled home by Grant St. Martin. A couple of batters later, catcher Rob Berning laced a single to left-center, giving Top Speed a 2-0 advantage.

That lead wouldn’t last however, as Humboldt responded in a huge way in the bottom of the second. Logan Denholm led off with a single, followed by another single by Nick Warren.

The Crabs would get their first run on a fielding error by Top Speed second baseman Nick Rao on a groundball by Michael Perri. After another single by Logan Busch, David Hamilton hit a scoring fly ball to right field to tie the game.

Brian Pozos would add an RBI single of his own and the next batter, James Outman would land the game’s biggest blow, launching a missile over the right field scoreboard to make it a 6-2 game.

“I don’t even want to know what my [batting] average is,”  Outman said. “I just go up to the plate hoping I can help us strike first in the game, then wanting to make the last strike at the end.”

The Crabs would add two more runs in the third and would really put the game out of reach in the sixth. They would send nine batters to the plate, including a two run home run by Pozos and score nine times. Denholm hit an RBI double and Perri would add a two RBI single. The Crabs would get three more in the eighth including a 2 RBI triple by Nick Warren. In all, the Crabs would score 16 runs on 14 hits.

For Crabs starting pitcher Jason Alexander, the second inning was a bit of a struggle, but the righty would go on to pitch 6 full innings, allowing only the two second inning runs (one earned) to score. He struck out five, walked one, and only surrendered five hits.

The Crabs bullpen would contribute three scoreless innings of their own. For Top Speed starter Chrit Rudkin, the night didn’t go according to plan, as he was charged with 11 runs, (six earned) on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three. The Crabs would score additional runs off Top Speed relievers Stan Wolpuk and Tucker Pullium.

Both these team will be in action again on Saturday for game 2 of the three game series.  For the Crabs, this will be day two of a stretch of nine games in 10 days.

“I’m not even thinking about [the amount of games]” Outman said. “I just get to show up and play baseball every day without even having to worry about school. I’m excited.”

Saturday’s game begins at 7pm at the Arcata Ballpark.

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Crabs go 4-3 on the road, winning four straight

The Crabs went 4-3 on the road

Dates and Scores from the road trip:

6/22/16: Humboldt Crabs 6, @Healdsburg Prune Packers 7 (LOSS)
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6/23/16: Humboldt Crabs 3, @Healdsburg Prune Packers 4 (LOSS)
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6/24/16: Humboldt Crabs 1, @SLO Blues 3 (LOSS)
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6/25/16: Humboldt Crabs 11, @SLO Blues 1 (WIN)
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6/26/16: Humboldt Crabs 9, @SLO Blues 8 (WIN)
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6/28/16: Humboldt Crabs 16, @Redding Colt 45s 4 (WIN)
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6/29/16: Humboldt Crabs 11 @Redding Colt 45s 5 (WIN)
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Listen to the Redding Colt 45s 2-game set on KCNR 1460.com via the Colt 45s website at http://www.reddingcolt45s.com or watch the game live via Point Streak Stats. Read about the games the day after on the Redding Searchlight Newspaper's Sports pages. Articles by T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes_RS). Video highlights posted to the Crabs Facebook page.

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PROMOTIONS & THEME GAMES COMING UP:

July 1: Mustache Night sponsored by Humboldt Roller Derby.
FOUL BALLS SPONSORED BY HARPER MOTORS

July 2: Humboldt Heroes Night
FOUL BALLS SPONSORED BY THE TIMES-STANDARD NEWSPAPER

July 3: Camo T-shirt Day & Veteran's Appreciation Day

July 4: Wear Red, White & Blue (2:30pm Game) Bring your own chairs, picnic blankets due to limited seating. FOUL BALLS SPONSORED BY HARPER MOTORS

July 5: OPEN

July 6: Crabs Player Sign Contest: Top 3 most creative or funny signs for the players win prizes! Make a sign showing your support for a Crabs player, print two of them on 11x17 and submit one copy to the souvenir stand.

July 8: Cowboy Night & Sponsor Night/Catered Dinner in Right Field for our sponsors

July 9: Bigfoot Celebration & SF Junior Giants weekend

July 10: Lou Bonomini Day/Celebrate his 100th belated Bday
FOUL BALLS SPONSORED BY THE TIMES-STANDARD NEWSPAPER

The one that got away

Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
June 11, 2016

ARCATA, CA—The Crabs looked like they were on their way to their third win in a row, taking a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning, but were unable to hold it as they fell to the California Expos 3-2 Saturday Night at the Arcata Ballpark.

The Expos proved to be a very patient team all the way to the end, scoring two runs in the ninth inning on two hits and an error after struggling to generate much offense for much of the game, getting one run on five hits through the first eight innings.

With the Crabs ahead 2-1, the Expos started the ninth with a Matty Nunez single, then was moved to second with a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Turney. Tristan Alvarez then reached on an error by right fielder Logan Busch, making it to second and sending Nunez to third.

With two runners in scoring position and two out, Expos catcher Alan Crowley knocked through a single to score Nunez and Alvarez to give them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The Expos scored the first run of the game in the top of the first. With runners at first and third with one out, Angel Flores, hit a groundball to second, but the Crabs couldn’t complete the double play, allowing Conly Biglione to cross the plate.

The Crabs (4-3) would respond in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Austin White singled, stole second, and made it to third on James Outman’s base hit. Newt Johnson then hit a ball deep enough to right field for White to tag up and score.

After Jayson Newman walked, Logan Denholm hit a groundball deep in the hole at short, and the ball was thrown wide by Tristen Alvarez. Denholm would have beaten it out anyway, and Outman would have scored accordingly, so Denholm gets credit for a hit and an RBI, along with the error charged to Alvarez. The Crabs would leave runners on first and second to end the inning and the Crabs would settle for their two runs.

Aaron Herr went four innings for the Crabs, allowing an earned run on three hits and four walks with no strikeouts. Reed Pfannenstein pitched three innings allowing only two hits while striking out two. Austin Ragsdale threw a scoreless eighth inning and Jacob Gomez pitched the ninth getting charged with two unearned runs on two hits, picking up the tough loss.

Josh Acosta picked up the win for the Expos, finishing the game by pitching three scoreless innings, allowing no hits, while walking four and striking out six. Expos starter Connor Brogdon went six innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

The Crabs and Expos will conclude their three game series with the rubber match on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30pm, with the gates open at 11:30am. As with every Sunday home game, kids are invited to run the bases and high-five the Crabs players after the game.

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Solid offense backs Alexander

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs
Friday, June 10, 2016

ARCATA, CA —After going relatively quiet the last three games, the Crabs offense roared back to life Friday night behind another magnificent start by Jason Alexander to beat the California Expos 9-2 at the Arcata Ballpark.

Alexander carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, before two Expos baserunners reached base, first, Tyler Turney reached on an error, than Tristen Alvarez hit a fly ball single to right field. Otherwise, he allowed nothing while striking out ten before coming out for relief pitcher Kevin Calderhead to begin the seventh.

Calderhead allowed two runs to score (one earned) in his two innings of work, with two hits, a strikeout and no walks. Riley Sweeney closed things out with a perfect ninth inning, picking up two strikeouts.

“It’s great being able to have a pitcher like [Alexander] go out and dominate.” Crabs First baseman Jayson Newman said. “It allows you to focus on what you need to do as a hitter.”

The Crabs (4-2) would score their first run with two out in the third inning on a James Outman RBI single that drove in Austin White. The Crabs would then score six of their nine runs in the fourth inning when they sent 11 men to the plate and stringed together five hits, with two walks and a hit batter.

Jayson Newman led off the inning with a walk, followed by another walk to Jacob Thurber after a Michael Perri groundout. Logan Busch hit a ball to deep left center field for a triple that sent in both Newman and Thurber to make the score 3-0 at that point. Brian Pozos proceeded to single in Busch, before an Austin White triple knocked him in.

With the score 5-0, the Crabs weren’t done, as James Outman roped a single to score White and was brought in himself on a Jayson Newman RBI single to put the game away at 7-0. Humboldt added two more in the fifth on a two RBI single by Austin White for a 9-0 lead.

“We were able to see what the pitcher was doing early on,” Newman said. “We were able to quickly figure out what to hit and made solid contact.”

Overall, the Crabs were able to touch up Expos starter Hilario Tovar and the rest of their pitching staff for nine runs on twelve hits. They also benefitted from six walks. The Expos scored their only two runs in the seventh inning when Matty Nunez led off as a pinch-hitter and reached on an error.

Alan Crowley followed with a single then Grant Ferris, was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Angel Flores hit into a double play to score the first run. The second run was scored on an RBI single by DeAndre Smith to make the score 7-2.

The Crabs would not allow another as they were able to win their second straight game and fourth in a row vs the California Expos dating back to last season.

These teams will be back in action on Saturday at the Arcata Ball Park for game two of the three game series. It’s MLB jersey night at the ballpark and fans are encouraged to wear apparel in support of their favorite MLB club. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. with the gates opening at 6 p.m.

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Davis Enjoys Home Cooking

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
June 8, 2016

Arcata, CA —Coming off a two game losing streak in which the Crabs were outscored 12-5, Hoopa native Junior Davis proved to be the stopper they needed.

Celebrating his 23rd birthday, Davis blanked the San Leandro Ports for six innings in the Crabs 6-1 win Wednesday Night at the Arcata Ball Park. The college junior out of the University of Antelope Valley allowed only three base runners while on the mound tonight, a lone single and two walks, while striking out five.

Relief pitcher Justin Watland gave up one run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout, while Austin Ragsdale and Jacob Gomez each threw a scoreless inning while striking out two batters.

“I did a really good job of getting ahead of hitters and keeping them off balance,” Davis, who had about 30 members of his family and friends in attendance said after the game. “My fastball was really effective and I also liked how I felt throwing my slider.”

With Davis being so close to home on his birthday, he says he is looking forward to celebrating with friends and family in his hometown.

“I’m heading up with family tonight and am going to enjoy the off day there tomorrow.” Davis said. “I’ve been splitting time between [Arcata] and [Hoopa].”

When asked about home cooking, he mentioned a very local flavor: “Salmon is my favorite dish my parents make.”

On Wednesday, he only feasted on Ports batters. The Crabs only managed four hits all game, but were aided by some sloppy play on the part of the Ports. It was a reversal from Tuesday night, when the Crabs committed three errors and lost 5-2.

In contrast to Tuesday, it was the Ports who had the defensive miscues Wednesday, as they had four errors, two of which led to four unearned runs. Humboldt also took advantage of seven walks, two hit batters, and three wild pitches to secure the win.

The Crabs got the scoring started in the fourth inning. Jayson Newman led off being hit by a pitch, followed by a Michael Perri single. With two on and nobody out, Catcher Jacob Thurber hit an RBI single to give the Crabs a 1-0 lead. They would add a second run in the inning when a wild pitch sent Thurber and Perri to second and third with one out and Mason Telander hit a scoring fly ball to centerfield.

The score would remain that way until the Top of the seventh when the Ports scored their lone run of the game. With relief pitcher Justin Watland entering the game, Tyler Strawn gave him a rude greeting with a lead-off double, then advanced to third on a wild pitch.

After a walk to Christian Marquez, Matt Flores hit an infield groundball that was fielded cleanly, but no one was covering first, allowing the run to score on a single. That would be the only run the Ports would get as Watland was able to settle down and retire the side with a strikeout and two fielders choices.

The Crabs would put the game out of reach in the bottom of the seventh, while only getting one base hit. Brian Pozos led off with a walk and advanced to third on a stolen base and an overthrow by the Ports catcher. Mason Telander walked then stole second base himself.

Austin White then struck out before James Outman hit an RBI single, scoring Pozos. With runners at the corners, Outman went for second on a steal attempt, and another overthrow by the catcher to centerfield brought in Telander and an overthrow from center allowed Outman to come all the way around to score.

Newt Johnson was then hit by a pitch, stole second, then came around to score the fourth run of the inning, removing doubt from the outcome of the game.

For the Ports, starting pitcher Ryan Capozza went six and a third innings, surrendering five runs (two earned) on four hits, six walks and seven strikeouts. Omar Sierra Zuno pitched the remaining inning and two thirds as he only gave up an unearned run on no hits, a walk while striking out three.

The Crabs will have Thursday off before resuming play on Friday vs the California Expos at the Arcata Ball Park. First pitch is set for 7pm with gates opening at 6pm.

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Too Many Errors

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs Baseball
June 7, 2016

Arcata, CA —After having a difficult time generating consistent offense on Sunday, it was much of the same on Monday evening as the Crabs fell to the Ports 5-2 at the Arcata Ball Park.

The Crabs (2-2) committed three errors Monday, two of them in the 2nd inning leading to three runs being scored. After Branson Umbarger and Austin Garcia led off the inning with consecutive singles for the Ports, Mark Johnson bunted down the third base line and Matthew Hernandez threw the ball away.

With Umbarger coming home, Jayson Newman threw to the plate to try and get him, but the throw got away from catcher Jacob Thurber, allowing the second runner Garcia to come in as well.

At that point, the Ports had a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the second. They got their first two runs on a two run home run by second baseman Ivan Sanchez in the top of the first. From there the Crabs had to play catch-up.

They scored their first run in the bottom of the second. Shortstop Michael Perri led off with a double, advanced to third on a flyout by Jacob Thurber, and scored on an RBI groundout by Logan Busch.

The Crabs wouldn’t get their second run until the eighth inning when James Outman started things with a single. With one out, he advanced to third on a Jayson Newman groundball that couldn’t be handled by shortstop Isaac Ortiz.

Perri hit a groundball to Ortiz, who turned to second for the force out, but Perri was able to hustle out and beat the double play, scoring Outman.
Ports starter Christian Marquez went six innings and allowed only one earned run, on four hits, with six strikeouts and four walks. Alex Guerrero finished the game for San Leandro allowing his only run and hit in the 8th.

Crabs starter Matthew Hernandez had his struggles on Monday, pitching 1 1/3 innings, giving up five runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk with no strikeouts. The Crabs bullpen kept San Leandro stuck at port, with no runs and only seven hits against them in 6 2/3 innings.

“You will see our bullpen be used heavily throughout the summer,” Crabs manager Tyson Fisher said. “I want to get these guys some innings and let them get some work in.”

Regarding the defense, Fisher says getting better is a matter of confidence.
“These guys just need to stay confident,” Fisher explained, “They are getting some work in at positions that they are going to be playing in the spring.”

“It’s nice to have come back and be able to play again tomorrow,” Perri said after the game, “we can put this game behind us and get ready to face the Ports again tomorrow.”

San Leandro is in town for one more game, as the Crabs look to avoid the sweep. Game time is at 7pm, with the front gates opening at 6pm.

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Sliders' Carr quiets Crabs bats

by Kevin Wyart
Humboldt Crabs
June 5, 2016

Arcata, CA —After two nights of bludgeoning baseballs, scoring 25 runs in their first two games, the Crabs bats were comparatively silent on Sunday afternoon as they lost to the South Bay Sliders 7-3 at the Arcata Ball Park.

Sliders starting pitcher Charles Carr was outstanding all day, limiting the Crabs to three runs (two earned) on eight hits in 8 1/3 innings. He also struck out seven and walked four.

Ryan Sullivan was the starting pitcher for the Crabs Sunday, and went three innings allowing an earned run with two hits and two strikeouts without walking a batter, though he did hit two.

Sullivan was replaced by Ryan Ralstoon to begin the fourth inning, and though Ralston pitched well for four innings allowing only one hit, Crabs defensive miscues proved too difficult to overcome as the Sliders were able to score three unearned runs and tag him with the loss.

Kevin Calderhead pitched the 8th and 9th innings and allowed three earned runs on two hits, while striking out two and walking two.

The Sliders took their first lead of the series early on Sunday, scoring a run in the first inning. Jonathan Passillas singled with two outs, followed by Matt McGeah getting hit by a pitch.With a runner in scoring position, catcher Ritchie O’Reilly hit an RBI single to make the score 1-0.

The Crabs were able to tie things up in the second. Jayson Newman led off with a single, followed by a double by Michael Perri. After a Jacob Thurber groundout and an intentional walk to James Outman, Rightfielder Mason Telander hit an RBI groundout to first to bring in Newman.

The score would remain tied heading until the fifth inning when South Bay added two to the scoreboard. With one out, Sliders DH Cody Vienna hit a single, then Noah Barba walked to put runners on first and second. Jake Sahagien then hit a groundball to shortstop Brian Pozos, who threw home, but the throw was high and got away from catcher Jacob Thurber, allowing both runners to score.

The Crabs would answer in the bottom of the fifth inning with one run with an RBI single by Newt Johnson, scoring Austin White with two outs. This is the closest the Crabs would get for the remainder of the game. The Sliders would add a run each in the seventh and eighth innings, before putting the game out of reach with two runs in the ninth. The Crabs scored once in the bottom of the ninth for their third and final run of the game.

“[Carr] was tough all game,” White said after the game, “he really made it difficult for us to square around and make solid contact.

White was one of the few Crabs players to have success swinging the bat Sunday afternoon as he went 3-5 with two singles, a double, and two runs scored. Unfortunately for the Crabs, the rest of the lineup was thoroughly shut down.

“Our guys seemed a little tired out there today after hitting well all weekend,” Crabs manager Tyson Fisher said. “Their pitcher was on command and we had a difficult time adjusting.”

The Crabs pitching staff also performed well, but were hurt by Crabs defensive mistakes. Even with his pitchers throwing quality innings, he still didn’t have them in the game too long as a means of limiting the workload and getting other guys some time on the mound.

“That is something we’ll see throughout the summer.” Fisher said “ I want to spread the innings around to guys who need it, while at the same time not overworking anyone.”

The Crabs will have a day off on Monday, before resuming play on Tuesday evening vs the San Leandro Ports. Game time is at 7 p.m., with the gates opening at 6.

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