Two Homeruns from Michael Snyder Enough for Blue Crabs

(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 20, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (33-24) knocked off the York Revolution (21-37) 12-9, with behind two homeruns from Michael Snyder, the second multi-homerun game for the Blue Crabs in the series.

The scoring in this one got started early, as the Blue Crabs manufactured a run in the top of the first inning. Jose Lozada led-off the game with a single, stealing second, and advancing to third on a groundout from Edwin Garcia. After a walk to Zach Wilson, Snyder singled to left field, plating Lozada to open the scoring.

Brian Bistagne caused havoc the next inning, getting hit by a pitch, before stealing second and scoring on a Lozada single. The Revs responded quickly, however, putting up a run in the bottom of the second. Two singles started the inning, before Ryan Dent hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Luis Cruz, and cutting the lead to 2-1.

Southern Maryland put up three more runs in the third, with the big blow coming on a two-run shot from Snyder. Alonzo Harris responded with a solo homer for York, putting the score at 5-2. Lozada and Wilson reached base again in the fourth inning, putting two on with two outs for Snyder. The right-hander came through with his second homerun of the game, clearing the batter’s eye in center field. The slugger’s fourth, fifth, and sixth RBI’s of the game gave the Blue Crabs a big 8-2 lead heading to the bottom of the fourth.

The Revs never went away in the game, putting up two runs in the fourth, to bring it to a four-run game. The Blue Crabs turned to the bullpen for the fifth, as Craig Stem relieved Pat McCoy, as McCoy was making just his first start since returning from injury. Stem allowed a lead-off walk, followed by a single to put two men on. An error at first allowed Angel Franco to reach, loading the bases with nobody out. A sacrifice fly, followed by a groundball scored three runs, and brought the game to 8-7.

Franco came up big again in the sixth, doubling to score Alonzo Harris, tying the game. The Blue Crabs bounced back from the six straight runs, retaking the lead in the top of the seventh. Three straight singles off Luke Westphal (1-5), started the inning, loading the bases before the Revs’ reliever was lifted in favor of Hawtin Buchanon. Buchanon’s first pitch was promptly deposited over the left field wall, as Bistagne connected for his first homerun as a Blue Crab. The grand slam opened up a 12-8 lead, and returned all momentum back to the Southern Maryland dugout.

The Revs could muster just one hit in the next two innings, a solo homerun from Isaias Tejeda, and headed to the ninth down 12-9. Cody Eppley (S,18) came on for the bottom of the ninth, cruising to the first two outs. Eppley then allowed a single and a walk, bringing the tying run to the plate in the form of Travis Witherspoon. After getting ahead in the count 1-2, Eppley forced Witherspoon to fly out to center field, ending the back and forth affair.

The 12-9 win advances the Blue Crabs to 32-24 on the season, including a current three-game winning streak. They hold a three-game lead over the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Freedom Division, with just 14 games left in the first half.

The Blue Crabs return to action Wednesday, June 21st for game three on the road against the York Revolution. Southern Maryland will send RHP Daryl Thompson (5-3, 2.93) to the mound, looking to clinch the series win for the Blue Crabs. He will matchup with York’s LHP Logan Williamson (1-5, 5.55), looking to snap a seven-game losing streak for the Revs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday at PeoplesBank Park.

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 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 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.

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