The Humboldt Crabs’ Dawson Bacho slides safely into third base on a steal in the third inning of Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to the Seals Baseball Club, at the Arcata Ball Park. (Jose Quezada — For the Times-Standard)
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The Humboldt Crabs certainly had chances to put runs on the board Tuesday night but, minus a two-run home run off the bat of Damian Henderson in the sixth inning — his second out-of-the-park shot this season — the Crabs, once again in front of their home fans, struggled to bring runs home as they fell 6-2 to the visiting Seals Baseball Club and to 1-6 at the Arcata Ball Park in 2019.

Early on in Tuesday’s game the Crabs had a pair of opportunities to keep pace with the Seals. In third inning Kokko Figueiredo hit a lead-off single and Dom Souto followed with a single of his own to put two men on with no outs. The inning’s promise quickly faded for the home team however as the ensuing Crabs at-bat saw Bryce Kirk fly out to center field and Figueirdeo get picked off at second base on the play for a quick pair of outs. The frame ended during the next at-bat as Souto was picked off between first and second base.

Again in the fourth inning the Crabs managed to put two men on, this time doing so with two outs on the board and again the frame ended with no runs for the home team as Kyle Knell grounded out to third base to end the inning.

Things started to get away from the Crabs in the top of fifth inning as starting pitcher Tyler Condie gave up three earned runs off a pair of singles — the second of which went for an RBI for Seals batter Joe Morin — and a 2RBI double to Eric Callahan to start the inning.

Condie’s day ended after the two-run double from Callahan as the pitcher was replaced by Bryce Short. Condie finished with four earned runs, five hits and four walks given up to go along with four strikeouts. With Tuesday’s loss the pitcher is 1-1 on the year.

Short managed to get the first two Seals he faced to fly out but was unable to stop the bleeding in the fifth completely before the Seals’ Jimmy Cain doubled to right field for an RBI and a 5-0 lead.

After Henderson’s homer in the bottom of the sixth the Seals added another run, their final of the day, in the seventh inning to take a 6-2 lead which would not change until the end of the game.

Short finished his five-inning evening with no earned runs on two hits and five strikeouts.

The Seals’ starting pitcher Grant Mendoza went five innings and earned the win, giving up zero runs on five hits and three strikeouts.

Callahan was the Seals’ leading hitter in the win, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

The Seals had seven hits in the game while the Crabs, despite in the loss, out-hit the visitors with eight.

Taking away two road wins against the Redding Colt 45s on June 5 and 6, the Crabs — in seven home games this season — are averaging 2.29 runs-per-game.

The Crabs (3-6) will look to put some runs on the board tonight when they try and take game two of their weekday series against the Seals. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. at the Arcata Ball Park.

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