Crabs hold off Blues 8 to 6 on Sunday to take two out of three

Sunday, June 24, 2018

San Luis Obispo — The Crabs got out to a six-run lead in the eighth inning and held on for an 8-6 victory over San Luis Obispo Blues on Sunday at Sinsheimer Park in front of a crowd of more than 700. The Blues scored six runs in the failed comeback on a home run by Justin Lutes in the eighth and a grand slam by Lutes in the ninth.

The Blues scored four runs in the ninth inning making the Crab faithful in attendance a little nervous, but the Crabs still managed to pull out the victory. 

The Crabs put up seven runs in the sixth inning in what looked like to be a shut out game when the Crabs wert up 8-0 after seven innings. The offensive onslaught came from a walk by Jackson Kritch, a single by McCarthy Tatum, a fielder's choice by Otis Statum, and an error on a ball put in play by Kokko Figueiredo.

Andrew Najeeb-Brush got the win for Humboldt Crabs. He allowed four hits and four runs over eight and a third innings, striking out eight and walking one. Kenton Carruthers threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. Carruthers recorded the last two outs to earn the save for Humboldt Crabs.

Ben Kirke took the loss for San Luis Obispo Blues. He went four innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out two.

The Crabs totaled nine hits in the game. Connor Blair, Kritch, and Tatum all had multiple hits for Humboldt Crabs. Tatum, Kritch, and Blair each managed two hits to lead the team. The Crabs didn't commit a single error in the field. Johnny Mendoza had the most chances in the field with 12.

The Crabs scored 21 runs, collected 32 hits and only committed 1 error during the 3-game series with the Blues. 

The Blues tallied six hits on the day. Lutes and Luc Lipcius all collected multiple hits for San Luis Obispo Blues.

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** The Crabs head home to Humboldt tonight and will be back in play at the Arcata ballpark on Tuesday at 7pm to play the B52s.

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