BLUE CRABS RALLY LATE TO TAKE FINALE AGAINST YORK
Four Run Eighth Leads Blue Crabs over Revolution
(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 1, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (21-19) won game two on the road against the York Revolution (14-25) 5-3.
The Revs threatened early picking up two singles in the bottom of the first, putting runners on the corners. Southern Maryland’s starter, Brian Grening, was able to work out of the jam, getting a line drive to shortstop to end the inning. Grening wasn’t as fortunate in the second inning, giving up two runs and falling behind early. Luiz Cruz connected for just his second homerun of the year, a two-run shot that scored Alexi Casilla, and put the Revs up 2-0.
The two runs looked like they might be enough for York’s starter Steve Janas, who gave up just four hits through his first six innings of work. The Blue Crabs threatened Janas in the top of the fifth, putting two runners on in the inning. Devon Rodriguez led-off with a double, and two batter later moved to third on a Patrick Palmeiro single. Janas was able to get a grounder back to the mound from Ryan Wiggins, flipping it to first and stranding the pair of runners.
Southern Maryland put up a run in the seventh off Janas, when Devon Rodriguez picked up his second homerun of the season, cutting the lead in half. That was all the offense could muster off the Revs’ starter, who turned his one-run lead to the bullpen. The offense came alive in the top of the eighth, putting up four runs in the inning off Chase Hutchingson (2-1). Wiggins started the inning with a double, scoring on a single from Jose Lozada. A sacrifice bunt and a balk moved Lozada to third, where a two-out single from Michael Snyder would score him, putting Southern Maryland ahead for the first time in the game. Rodriguez singled to put two runners on, before a Zach Cone double in the gap forced an error on the center fielder, allowing both runs to score, and putting the Blue Crabs ahead 5-2.
The Blue Crabs turned the lead over to their closer, Cody Eppley (S,12), looking to finish the game and the series with a win. Eppley walked the first batter, put picked up a fielder’s choice and a fly-out to center for the first two outs. Jared Mitchell gave the Revs some life with a two-out triple, scoring Casilla, and bringing the tying run to the plate. Eppley was able to get Derrick Robinson to ground-out to short, closing the game with a 5-3 win for the Blue Crabs. The win locked in the third series win in a row for Southern Maryland, who trail the Lancaster Barnstormers by two games in the Freedom Division.
The Blue Crabs return to action Friday, June 2nd to host the New Britain Bees for a three-game series. Southern Maryland will send RHP Gaby Hernandez (3-0, 2.54) to the mound. He will matchup with the Bees’ LHP Anthony Marzi (3-3, 3.43), who lost to Hernandez and the Blue Crabs in his last start. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Friday at Regency Furniture Stadium.
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