Blue Crabs down York to take se­ries

Clinch se­ries with sec­ond straight win

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

Just 24 hours af­ter de­liv­er­ing a 5-4 walk-off vic­tory over York, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs had another huge per­for­mance on Wed­nes­day night in the sec­ond of a three-game se­ries.

Be­hind solid pitch­ing from starter Brian Gren­ing and timely of­fense, the Blue Crabs picked up a 3-1 win over the Rev­o­lu­tion to clinch the se­ries win.

South­ern Mary­land (24-21 over­all) was 1 1/2 games back of Lan­caster (26-20) for the top spot in the At­lantic League’s Free­dom Di­vi­sion first-half stand­ings en­ter­ing Thurs­day’s se­ries fi­nale.

The Blue Crabs kick off a sixgame road trip in Su­gar Land (third-place 23-23, 3 games back of Lan­caster) at 8:05 tonight.

Gren­ing went to 3-1 on the sea­son af­ter al­low­ing one run on nine hits with five strike­outs with two walks in 6 1/3 in­nings. His ERA dropped to 2.88, which was sixth in the At­lantic League af­ter Wed­nes­day’s ac­tion.

“Tonight was a good win for us,” Gren­ing said. “They are a tough team to fig­ure out, so you have to bring ev­ery­thing you have. The bullpen’s abil­ity to come in and get the starters out of jams is the dif­fer­ence be­tween a great and an av­er­age team. So credit to them.”

Blue Crabs re­liev­ers Jesse Beal, Zach Thorn­ton and Cody Ep­p­ley com­bined to give up just two hits in the fi­nal 2 2/3 in­nings. Ep­p­ley got his 13th save of the sea­son, which was sec­ond in the league through Wed­nes­day, af­ter re­tir­ing the side in or­der in the ninth.

“It is al­ways good when you win a se­ries in this league,” Blue Crabs man­ager John Har­ris said. “We are banged up right now and it is tough to rest guys, but we have to take it one game at a time. Gren­ing was solid on the mound and our bullpen came in and shut the door. We were for­tu­nate that [York] scored one run with 11 hits.”

The Blue Crabs got on the board in the sec­ond. With one out, Zach Cone was hit by a pitch, then, two bat­ters later with two outs, Pa­trick Palmiero hit a triple to right field off of York starter Frank Gai­ley, scor­ing Cone for the first run of the game.

York, which left 11 run­ners on base on the night, loaded the bases in the top of the third with one out. But Gren­ing was able to get out of trou­ble, forc­ing York catcher Isa­ias Te­jeda to ground into a 4-6-3 dou­ble play to end the in­ning.

In the top of the sixth, the Rev­o­lu­tion put two more on base af­ter a Michael Burgess sin­gle and a Te­jeda ground-rule dou­ble. With run­ners on sec­ond and third and no­body out, Gren­ing got out a jam again, re­tir­ing the next three hit­ters in a row.

The Blue Crabs ex­tended their lead in the bot­tom of the sixth. Luis Alen drove in Cory Vaughn on a two-out dou­ble to left and Palmeiro fol­lowed up with a sin­gle to left, scor­ing Alen.

The Rev­o­lu­tion scored their lone run in the sev­enth.

Travis Wither­spoon walked and ad­vanced to third on a sin­gle from Alonzo Har­ris, then Beal came on for Gren­ing. Har­ris stole sec­ond, then An­gel Franco grounded out to short­stop, ad­vanc­ing both run­ners and Wither­spoon scored on the play.

Thorn­ton took the mound for the eighth and al­lowed two hits, but no runs as Car­los Tri­un­fel flew out to right to end the in­ning. The Blue Crabs had two on in the bot­tom of the frame and did not score, but it didn’t mat­ter as they held on for the win.

Tues­day night, Ed­win Gar­cia led off the bot­tom of the ninth with a sin­gle and Michael Sny­der fol­lowed with a walk-off dou­ble to give the Blue Crabs the win.

Gar­cia fin­ished 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored, while Vaughn had two hits, con­sist­ing of a two-run homer in the fifth and a triple in the sev­enth. Sny­der’s game-win­ning dou­ble gave him two hits for the night.

Ep­p­ley got the win in re­lief, his first of the sea­son. York put two on with one out in the top of the ninth ver­sus Ep­p­ley, but the Blue Crabs closer got out of the jam by re­tir­ing the next two hit­ters to the end the frame.

Drew Hayes threw the first six in­nings for the Blue Crabs and struck out nine bat­ters in a no-de­ci­sion.


Blue Crabs cen­ter fielder Cory Vaughn swings at a pitch in Wed­nes­day night’s 3-1 win over the York Rev­o­lu­tion at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.


The South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs cel­e­brate af­ter a 5-4 walk-off win over the York Rev­o­lu­tion on Tues­day night in the first of a three-game se­ries at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf. Michael Sny­der’s dou­ble scored Ed­win Gar­cia with the game-win­ning run.

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