LATE RALLY PUSHES BLUE CRABS PAST YORK IN FINALE
Three Homeruns Help Blue Crabs over Revolution
(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 22, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (34-25) defeated the York Revolution (22-38) 5-4, clinching their fourth straight series win heading towards the end of the first half.
Jose Lozada got the game started, hitting a lead-off homerun for the Blue Crabs, just the second homerun for Lozada of the season. Alonzo Harris responded for the Revs, with a solo shot in the bottom half of the first. Harris’ homerun, the sixth allowed on the season by Drew Hayes, tied the game at 1-1.
Hayes battled with Frank Gailey, the York starter, for the next two innings. The two starters combined to allow for just two hits through the second and third innings, before the Blue Crabs struck for a pair of runs in the fourth. After a strikeout started the inning, Cory Vaughn drew his team-leading 33rd walk, putting a man aboard for Devon Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who came in hitting .571 in the last five games, came through once again, this time with a two-run homerun. Rodriguez’s fourth homerun of the season put the Blue Crabs ahead 3-1 heading to the fifth.
Hayes ran into trouble in the bottom of the fifth, giving up three straight hits with two outs in the inning. Harris got the two-out rally started, launching his second homerun of the game off Hayes, cutting the lead in half. Isaias Tejeda followed with another hard-hit ball, this one bouncing over for a ground-rule double. Tejeda scored on the next batter, as Michael Burgess singled, scoring Tejeda from second and tying the game 3-3.
The Blue Crabs threatened Gailey again in the top of the sixth, with the first two batters in the inning reaching base. Zach Wilson led-off with a double, advancing to third on an infield single from Michael Snyder. Vaughn was next, hitting a grounder to third, which was fired home to cut down Wilson trying to score to go-ahead run. A strikeout and a pop-up finished the inning, as Gailey danced out of trouble in what proved to be his final inning of work.
The Blue Crabs bullpen took over from there, with Rob Carson and Cody Hebner (3-1) working a scoreless sixth and seventh. The Blue Crabs regained the lead in the top of the eighth, as Zach Wilson homered for the second time in the series, putting them ahead 4-3.
The Blue Crabs added a much-needed insurance run in the ninth. Zach Cone got on via hit-by-pitch, advancing to third on two wild pitches from Chris Dula. Brian Bistagne then came through with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Cone and giving closer Cody Eppley a two-run cushion.
Eppley (S,19) ran into trouble in the ninth inning, allowing the first three men to reach. Ryan Dent singled to start it off, advancing to second on a Travis Witherspoon single. Harris followed with a single off his own, picking up his third RBI of the night as Dent came across from second. The lead was cut to 5-4, as Eppley still had men on first and second with nobody out. Eppley struck out Tejeda, before forcing a chopper up the middle from Michael Burgess. Bistagne ranged over from second, bobbling the ball slightly, but recovering to tag second and fire to first, ending the game on a double play.
The win moved the Blue Crabs to 34-25 on the season, and solidified their fourth straight series win. They maintain a two-game lead over the Lancaster Barnstormers atop the Freedom Division, with just 11 games remaining in the first half.
The Blue Crabs return to action Friday, June 23rd as the Bridgeport Bluefish will come to town for the first time this season. Southern Maryland will send RHP Brian Grening (5-1, 2.55) to the mound, having won his last three starts for the team. He will matchup with Bridgeport’s RHP Jonathon Albaladejo (4-5, 5.25), who defeated the Blue Crabs back on April 28th. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Friday at Regency Furniture Stadium.
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