HERNANDEZ COMPLETE GAME NOT ENOUGH FOR BLUE CRABS
Southern Maryland Drops Series Finale Against Revolution
(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 8, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (24-22) dropped the series finale against the York Revolution (18-28) 2-1, despite Gaby Hernandez (3-1) tossing the first complete game of the year for the team.
The Blue Crabs threatened early and often against the Revs starter, Victor Mateo (2-4), beginning in the first inning. Jose Lozada led off with a single, advancing all the way to third with just one out. Michael Snyder hit a chopper towards third, with Lozada running on contact, the Revolution third baseman fired home to cut down the runner at the plate.
The Blue Crabs put the leadoff runner on in the first five innings against Mateo, only being able to capitalize in the bottom of the fourth. Zach Wilson started the inning with a single, scoring from first on a triple in the right field gap from Cory Vaughn. Vaughn was stranded on third after three straight outs, with Mateo holding the lead to 1-0.
Hernandez dominated the Revs through four innings, not allowing a baserunner until the top of the fifth. Michael Burgess led-off the inning with a groundball to second, reaching on an error. Back-to-back singles followed, breaking up the no-hitter and the shutout, with Burgess coming around to score on a Jared Mitchell single. An error on the single allowed the runners to advance to second and third, setting up a sacrifice fly from Derrick Robinson, scoring Joel Guzman to take a 1-0 lead.
The Blue Crabs threatened again in the bottom of the fifth inning, following a lead-off double from new signee Brian Bistagne. A wild pitch advanced him to third, before he was stranded there. Starting pitching took over following that, as Hernandez and Mateo traded scoreless innings. Mateo allowed just one more hit through his final two innings, finishing the day with seven innings, seven hits, and a season-high 10 strikeouts.
Hernandez on the other side allowed just two more hits on the night as well, going the distance for the first complete game of the season for the Blue Crabs. He finished the night giving up just four hits to the Revolution, while striking out nine batters, a season-high for the Blue Crabs starter.
The Revs turned the game over to the bullpen, working a scoreless eighth to set up a save opportunity for Brad Allen (S,4). Allen got the first batter out, before allowing a one-out single to Zach Cone, setting up a matchup between former teammates, as Luis Alen dug into the box. The York closer won the battle this time, forcing a 5-4-3 double play to get out the inning, and lock-in the win for the Revs.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Blue Crabs against York, and drops the team to 24-22 on the season. The Blue Crabs currently sit second in the Freedom Division, trailing just the Lancaster Barnstormers.
The Blue Crabs return to action Friday, June 9th for the series opener on the road against the Sugar Land Skeeters. Southern Maryland will send RHP Craig Stem (0-0, 0.00) to the mound, making his season debut for the team. He will matchup up with Sugar Land’s RHP Brett Marshall (4-2, 5.03), making his second start of the season against the Blue Crabs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 P.M. on Friday at Constellation Field.
For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 301-638-9788.
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 will open its 10th anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB): The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.
For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com