Crabs lose two straight one-run games on the road

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The Humboldt Crabs dropped a second straight one-run game on Thursday, as they began a five-game road trip with back-to-back losses.

Playing the Crawdads in Walnut Creek, the Crabs lost 8-7 on Wednesday night and 6-5 on Thursday afternoon.

The losses ended a 10-game winning streak for the 10-4 Crabs.

They led for much of Thursday’s game after scoring five runs in the top of the fourth inning, but the Crawdads battled back late with five runs in the bottom of the ninth, including a walk-off solo home run by Ryan Ellis.

The Crabs had eight hits in the loss, including two each by Andrew Crane and Mason Hirata.

Merek Sears threw 8.1 innings for a no-decision, allowing 11 hits and no walks while striking out three.

Drew Woody took the loss in relief.

The Crawdads also rallied late in Wednesday’s game, battling back from a 7-3 deficit with five runs in the bottom of the seventh.

The in-form Billy Ham continued to impress for the Crabs and was 3-for-5 at the plate.

Griffin Myers and Luke Reece each added a pair of hits, while Colby Lunsford had a solo home run and Javier Felix had a double.

Clayton Ray took the loss on the mound in relief.

Gabe Tanner got the start for the visitors and threw five innings.

Tanner gave up two earned runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six.

The Crabs will try to get back to wining ways when they open a three-game weekend series against the Blues in San Luis Obispo on Friday night.

First pitch its et for 6 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on YouTube and broadcast live on 107.3 FM and 1340 AM.


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