WALDORF, MD— The bats were literally flying at Regency Furniture Stadium Thursday night. The Blue Crabs faced the York Revolution, the first place team in the Atlantic league, Freedom Division. Both teams combined for 20 runs on 27 hits. Southern Maryland made a strong showing against the Revs but dropped 12-8 in 11 innings of the series opener.
The game was back and forth the entire night. The Blue Crabs got on the board first with a leadoff single by DH Angel Sanchez followed by a two-run home run by right fielder Zach Wilson, his sixth of the season.
In the second inning York’s third baseman Bryan Pounds led off the second inning with a monstrous shot over the center field fence. Right fielder Jason Repko hit a triple into right field and then catcher Keith Castillo swung and missed and lost control of his bat, which flew into the stands behind the home dugout and then asked for it back.
He proceeded to rope a double into left field to score Repko followed by an RBI single by first baseman Kevin Rivers and the Revs took the lead 3-2. The Blue Crabs tied it up in the bottom of the second but the Revs took off in the third inning when they scored four runs.
Michael Rockett truly lived up to his name when he cracked a double to left field. The bats stayed hot and DH Joel Guzman smoked a two-run homerun, right fielder Alfredo Marte reached first on a fielder’s choice, Repko walked and Castillo hit his second RBI double putting the Revs up 7-3.
The Blue Crabs persevered in the fifth inning. York’s right fielder, Repko lost the ball in the lights and Blue Crabs second baseman Jon Dziomba was able to crank out a triple to put himself into scoring position. Myers knocked him in with his second RBI double and the Blue Crabs inched their way closer to the Revs.
The Blue Crabs had their biggest inning in the 7th inning when Dziomba led off the inning with a single that flew over the third baseman, which was intended for a bunt but worked out in his favor. Myers followed up with his third double. Sanchez kept the momentum going, belting a three-run home run and the Crabs trailed by just one run.
In the top of the ninth Myers delivered his fourth hit of the night with a triple, and Sanchez hit a sac fly tying the game 8-8. But in the top of the 11th York’s centerfielder Travis Witherspoon rocked a three-run home run off Blue Crabs reliever Orlando Santos and the Revs sealed the win 12-8.
Southern Maryland is now 1-6 against the Revolution this season, and will look to snap a four game losing streak against the Revolution tomorrow night at Regency Furniture Stadium. The first pitch is set for 7:05 P.M. Tomorrow night is “ Capitals Night” at the ballpark with a special appearance by Capitals television broadcaster Joe Beninati! For tickets and information, log on to somdbluecrabs.com or call 301-638-9788. If you can’t make it out to the park, you can listen to the game on youtube.com, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs page, and allinbroadcasting.com. It all starts with “Blue Crabs on Deck” at 6:30 P.M. with the first pitch set for 7:05 with Blue Crabs Broadcaster Jim Tarabocchia.
ABOUT THE SOUTHERN MARYLAND BLUE CRABS: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise opened its ninth season on Thursday April 21st, 2016. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!
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