Blue Crabs fall short in York

Rev­o­lu­tion break tie in 8th for win after los­ing se­ries opener

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

En­ter­ing the sec­ond of a three-game se­ries in York on Wed­nes­day night, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs had won four out of its last five games com­ing out of the all­star break.

How­ever, with the score tied at 6 and one out in the bot­tom of the eighth in­ning, Michael Rock­ett de­liv­ered with a sin­gle to right field, driv­ing in Bran­don Chaves to lift the Rev­o­lu­tion to an even­tual 7-6 win at Peo­plesBank Park in York, Pa., to tie the se­ries at 1 apiece after the Blue Crabs won the se­ries opener Tues­day 5-1.

South­ern Mary­land, which fin­ished with 11 hits just like York, had a chance to tie or take the lead in the top of the ninth after Zach Wil­son led off the in­ning with a sin­gle, but the next three bat­ters were re­tired to end the game.

Ri­cardo Gomez picked up the win for the Rev­o­lu­tion, who used a to­tal of seven pitch­ers, as he went one-third of an in­ning, re­tir­ing Michael Sny­der with the Blue Crabs hav­ing a po­ten­tial go-ahead run on first in the top of the eighth. Mike DeMark got his 22nd save after pitch­ing a score­less ninth with two strike­outs, al­low­ing just one hit.

Blue Crabs re­liever Scott Sn­odgress got the loss, al­low­ing the piv­otal run in the eighth on three hits with five strike­outs. Starter Tim Sex­ton pitched a no-de­ci­sion, go­ing 5 2/3 in­nings, al­low­ing six runs, three earned, on eight hits with four strike­outs.

“We had some plays that just didn’t go our way. Both teams hit and the game went back and forth,” Blue Crabs man­ager Jeremy Owens said. “Tim pitched well, I could’ve taken him out in the sixth, but I chose to keep him in. Scott came in and gave us a few in­nings. York just got the timely hits when they needed them.”

The Blue Crabs wrapped up the se­ries in York on Thurs­day morn­ing be­fore com­ing back home for a three-game home­s­tand ver­sus Long Is­land, which kicks off at 7:05 tonight.

York (46-36 over­all, 6-6 sec­ond half) took a 2-0 lead in the bot­tom of the first, but the Blue Crabs an­swered with two runs the top of the sec­ond, the sec­ond on an RBI ground­out from Eric Gar­cia.

York went back on top 3-2 in the third and the Blue Crabs tied the game again at 3 in the fifth on a Wil­son RBI sin­gle. The vis­i­tors pushed the lead to 6-3 in the top of the sixth as An­gel Sanchez led off with a home run, then the in­ning con­tin­ued with RBI sin­gles from D’Arby My­ers and Sny­der. York re­sponded with three-run dou­ble by pinch hit­ter Joel Guz­man in the bot­tom of the sixth to tie the game up at 6.

“We had our op­por­tu­ni­ties to close out that game when we were up three runs in the [top] of the sixth,” Owens said. “We had an er­ror at sec­ond in the bot­tom [of the sixth] that hurt us as well. We couldn’t get out of that in­ning. But over­all we’ve been play­ing well and putting our­selves in po­si­tion to win.”

The Blue Crabs (31-51, 5-8), who left 11 run­ners stranded in the game, were led by My­ers with a 3 for 5 night at the plate with a dou­ble, RBI and two runs scored. Sny­der, Wil­son and Sanchez each had two hits and a RBI. “It was a close game. We bat­tled and a had a chance to win, York just made some big hits,” said My­ers, who had a 17-game hitting streak en­ter­ing Thurs­day. “We had our strug­gles in the first half, but things are start­ing to come to­gether for us right now.”

Tues­day, South­ern Mary­land took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Sny­der drove in Bryant Nel­son on a sac­ri­fice fly. Sny­der, who was 2 for 4 with three RBIs, pushed the lead to 3-0 in the fifth with a two-run homer. The Blue Crabs, who fin­ished with 14 hits on the night, added an in­sur­ance run in the eighth and again in the ninth.

Wil­son fin­ished 3 for 4 at the plate with two dou­bles and two runs scored. Gus­tavo Molina also had three hits for the Blue Crabs. Wil­son, Sny­der and Molina com­bined for 8 for 13 at the plate with four runs driven in.

Nel­son recorded one hit in each of the two games and now stands at 1,042 hits, 11 from break­ing Jeff Net­tles mark for most hits in At­lantic League his­tory.

Blue Crabs starter Brian Gren­ing picked up the win on the hill to even his record at 4-4. Gren­ing pitched 6 2/3 in­nings, sur­ren­der­ing no runs on six hits with two walks and seven strike­outs.

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