Bats come alive

Blue Crabs bounce back to even se­ries with York

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

Af­ter man­ag­ing just five hits in a 3-2 de­feat at the hands of the York Rev­o­lu­tion in the first of a three­game se­ries Tues­day night, the bats came alive for the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs in Game 2.

South­ern Mary­land pounded out 17 hits and ex­ploded for nine runs, seven of which came off of three home runs, in the first five five in­nings en route to an even­tual 11-1 vic­tory over York on Base­ball in Ed­u­ca­tion Day on Wed­nes­day at Peo­plesBank Park in York, Pa.

It was the largest mar­gin of vic­tory of the sea­son for the Blue Crabs through Wed­nes­day.

South­ern Mary­land (20-19 over­all) was in sec­ond place in the At­lantic League’s Free­dom Di­vi­sion, 2 games back of Lan­caster, en­ter­ing Thurs­day night’s se­ries finale ver­sus York. The Blue Crabs are back home tonight to start a three-game week­end se­ries at Wal­dorf’s Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium ver­sus New Bri­tain at 6:35 p.m.

York dropped to 15-23 with Wed­nes­day’s loss and sits in last place in the Free­dom Di­vi­sion.

“Ev­ery­thing came to­gether to­day,” Blue Crabs

man­ager John Har­ris said. “When we are pa­tient at the plate and don’t strike out a lot, our of­fense can put up runs. To­day we were get­ting one hit af­ter an­other. York is built on speed and the key to beat­ing them is keep­ing them off the bases.”

Blue Crabs cleanup hit­ter Michael Sny­der was 4 for 6 at the plate with three RBIs with two runs scored, in­clud­ing a tworun homer in the first in­ning. Devon Ro­driguez also was 4 for 6 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Zach Cone, one of four Blue Crabs bat­ters with two hits, hit a three-run homer in the third, and Pa­trick Palmeiro had a lead­off homer in the fifth.

“The bats woke up and to­day we came ready to play for the early game,” Sny­der said. The game’s first pitch

oc­curred at 11:07 a.m.. “In the day games you see the ball dif­fer­ently. Our pitch­ing has been lights out and when we play like this we can beat any­body in the league.”

Blue Crabs start­ing pitcher Drew Hayes picked up his sec­ond straight win, throw­ing five score­less in­nings, giv­ing up just four hits with three walks.

South­ern Mary­land used four re­liev­ers to fin­ish up the game. York got its lone run in the eighth on solo shot by Jared Mitchell.

York starter Lo­gan Wil­liamson suf­fered the loss as he lasted just 3 1/3 in­nings, giv­ing up seven earned runs on eight hits with two walks.

On Tues­day, Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thomp­son had al­lowed just one hit

through the first in­nings, but things turned for the 2003 La Plata High School grad­u­ate as York’s Joel Guz­man hit a solo homer to lead off the fifth and a two-out, two-run blast to Michael Burgess put the Rev­o­lu­tion out in front for the close vic­tory.

Thomp­son went seven in­nings, giv­ing up three runs on five hits with seven strike­outs and did not walk a bat­ter in the los­ing ef­fort. He was fourth among pitch­ers for the most strike­outs in the league with 39 strike­outs en­ter­ing Thurs­day.

York pitcher Cur­tis Partch got the win on the hill, strik­ing out six bat­ters, al­low­ing just two runs on five hits with one walk.

Jar­ret Martin got the save for the Rev­o­lu­tion, re­tir­ing the side in the bot­tom of the ninth with two strike­outs.

South­ern Mary­land’s lone runs came in the top of the third on a RBI sin­gle by Ed­win Gar­cia, scor­ing Kalaika Ka­hooha­lala, and in the sev­enth on an RBI ground­out by Palmeiro.

Blue Crabs sign Thorn­ton

Be­fore Tues­day’s game, the Blue Crabs an­nounced the sign­ing of right-handed relief pitcher Zack Thorn­ton in a team news re­lease.

Thorn­ton, drafted in the 23rd round of the 2010 MLB draft by the Oak­land Ath­let­ics, en­ters his eighth sea­son of pro­fes­sional base­ball. He spent time in the A’s, Pitts­burgh

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