Blue Crabs fal­ter twice to York

Team loses Game 2 of se­ries af­ter hold­ing 7-0 lead

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Af­ter al­low­ing 10 runs on 16 hits in a shutout loss on Tues­day in the first of a three-game se­ries ver­sus the York Rev­o­lu­tion, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs came out fir­ing in the first 2 1/2 in­nings, tak­ing a 7-0 lead.

How­ever, spear­headed by its high-oc­tane of­fense, York went on to score nine unan­swered runs, sparked by two home runs, to se­cure the 9-7 come­back vic­tory at Peo­plesBank Park in York, Pa.

York (19-14 over­all), which en­tered Thurs­day’s se­ries fi­nale, tied with Sugar Land with the best record in the Free­dom Di­vi­sion in the At­lantic League’s first-half sea­son stand­ings, com­bined for 19 hits in the first two games.

South­ern Mary­land (11-21) re­mained in last place in the Free­dom Di­vi­sion en­ter­ing Thurs­day, 7 1/2 games out of first place, and kicks off the first of a four-game se­ries in Bridge­port with a 7:12 p.m. first pitch tonight.

The Rev­o­lu­tion, who led the league with 35 homers on the sea­son en­ter­ing Thurs­day, scored four runs in the the third in­ning, one in the fifth and four more in the sixth.

In the bot­tom of the third with York in a seven run hole, right fielder Michael Burgess turned the tides with a twoout grand slam to cut the Blue Crabs’ lead to 7-4

York wasn’t done with the long ball as left fielder Michael Rockett hit a one-out solo homer in the fifth to make it 7-5.

In the sixth, the Rev­o­lu­tion bat­ted around and scored four runs on six hits, capped by a two-run dou­ble from James Sim­mons to put them on top 9-7.

The Blue Crabs had base run­ners on in the sev­enth, eighth and ninth but could not score and lost their third straight con­test.

Des­ig­nated hit­ter Joel Guz­man led York with a 3-for-5 per­for­mance at the plate, while Rockett and Burgess added two hits in the game.

York starter Micah Owings, a former big lea­guer with the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs, im­proved his record to 2-1 on the sea­son, pitch­ing 4 2/3 in­nings with one strike­out, al­low­ing no runs and walked just one bat­ter. Mike DeMark got his 10th save of the sea­son as he pitched a score­less ninth with one strike­out, yield­ing just one hit.

The Blue Crabs were led by D’Arby My­ers with a 3 for 5 night at the plate with a dou­ble and a triple. Third base­man Bryant Nel­son also had three hits and drove in three runs in the loss.

Blue Crabs starter Jon Le­ices­ter got the loss, go­ing five in­nings and al­low­ing eight

earned runs on eight hits with three strike­outs and two walks. Le­ices­ter’s record dropped to 2-3.

In the se­ries opener Tues­day, York took a 4-0 lead af­ter three in­nings and tacked on two more runs in the

fifth on a two-run sin­gle by Bryan Pounds. The Rev­o­lu­tion scored four more runs in the eighth, capped by a two-run homer from Pounds, who went 3 for 5 at the plate with two runs scored. Burgess and Pounds led York each drove in three runs to lead the Rev­o­lu­tion.

The Blue Crabs man­aged just six hits in the game, one of which was for ex­tra bases, and left seven run­ners on base.

York starter Jorge Martinez picked up the win on the mound, throwing six in­nings and struck out three bat­ters, al­low­ing just four hits.

Blue Crabs starter Gaby Her­nan­dez got the loss as he went four in­nings, al­low­ing four earned runs, while Tim Sex­ton gave up six earned runs in just one in­ning of work out of the bullpen. Her­nan­dez fell to 0-3.

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