NEW BRITAIN - Kyle Simon’s slump continued and it proved costly for the New Britain Bees.
After cruising through the first five innings, the right-hander ran into trouble in the sixth, giving up six runs as the Bees fell to the Southern Maryland Blues Crabs 7-1 to split Wednesday night’s doubleheader.
Simon (3-4) has now given up at least four runs and eight hits in each of his last four starts. Against the Blue Crabs, he was charged with all seven runs in 5.2 innings and gave up nine hits, one of which was a home run to former teammate Jon Griffin.
New Britain’s lone run came in the first inning on a RBI single by Jason Rogers to score Delbinson Romero.
It was much different story for the Bees a little two hours earlier when Game 1 starter Rainy Lara tossed a complete game to help lead the team to a 5-2 win. Lara (3-2) gave up six hits and walked one with four strikeouts.
New Britain provided its starter with three runs in the second inning and it turned out to be all the Bees needed.
Josh Thole ripped a double to score Rogers. Jamar Walton then singled in Thole with Jonathan Galvez going deep for a solo shot and the third run of the game. Matt Tuiasosopo later hit a two-run homer for New Britain in the fourth.
With Lara dealing, the Blue Crabs could only muster up a couple of runs off the bats of their No. 7 and No. 8 hitters, Cory Vaughn and Austin Green. Each had solo homers, Vaughn in the fifth inning and Green in the seventh.
With the split against Southern Maryland, the Bees fell to 23-27 on the season and will host the Blue Crabs tonight at 6:35 p.m.