Blue Crabs lose in ex­tras to York

Lose third straight game

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Af­ter los­ing two of three close games on the road in New Bri­tain over the week­end, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs came back home to find an­other tight con­test Mon­day night in the first of a three-game se­ries ver­sus York.

Tied at 5, Alexi Casilla led off the top of the 11th with a sin­gle which was quickly fol­lowed by an RBI dou­ble from Isa­ias Te­jeda, both hits off of Blue Crabs re­liever Jesse Beal, and the Rev­o­lu­tion held on for a 6-5 win at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

It was the third straight loss for South­ern Mary­land af­ter win­ning 5-4 in 11 on Fri­day to start the three-game se­ries at New Bri­tain.

Casilla led the way with four hits for York as Joe Van Me­ter re­tired all three bat­ters he faced in the bot­tom of the 11th to pick up his first save of the sea­son. Chase Huch­ing­son de­liv­ered the win in re­lief af­ter throw­ing a score­less bot­tom of the 10th, giv­ing up just one hit with one strike­out.

“We’re bat­tling right now and are play­ing in a lot of tough games,” Blue Crabs man­ager John Harris said. “We came back twice tonight, just have to min­i­mize the mis­takes and keep play­ing.”

York out­hit South­ern Mary­land 17-10 in the game, which fea­tured a com­bined 13 pitch­ers used.

It was the se­cond straight loss in two days for Beal, giv­ing up a twoout, walk-off sin­gle to Conor Bier­feldt in the bot­tom of the ninth of Sun­day’s 5-4 loss to New Bri­tain in the three-game se­ries fi­nale.

Mon­day, the Blue Crabs went ahead 4-3 in the bot­tom of the eighth on LJ Hoes’ two-out RBI sin­gle to right, scor­ing Michael Snyder, who reached on a throw­ing er­ror ear­lier in the in­ning and ad­vanced to se­cond on a wild pitch.

South­ern Mary­land turned things over to its closer Cody Ep­p­ley in the top of the ninth look­ing to shut the door.

How­ever, with run­ners on se­cond and third base and one out, Te­jeda sin­gled off the left-field wall to put York back in front 5-4.

In the bot­tom of the in­ning against York closer Brad Allen, the Blue Crabs were down to their last strike when Zach Cone dou­bled, then they were down to their last strike again when Ed­win Gar­cia dou­bled to score Cone and tie the game at 5.

York took an early 3-0 lead as Luis Cruz hit a three-run home run off of Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thomp­son.

The 2003 La Plata High School grad­u­ate did not fac­tor into the de­ci­sion, go­ing six in­nings and al­low­ing three runs on seven hits with four strike­outs and two walks.

“Other than the home run, I felt I pitched strong,” Thomp­son said. “Can’t be mad at our ef­fort. We fought hard and played well, just came up short.”

The Blue Crabs tied the game at 3 in the bot­tom of the fourth on Luis Alen’s two-run sin­gle and an RBI ground­out from Patrick Palmeiro.

En­ter­ing Game 2 of the se­ries on Tues­day, York (34-47 over­all, 6-5 se­cond half) was tied with Lan­caster (44-36, 6-5) for tops in the Free­dom Di­vi­sion se­cond-half stand­ings with South­ern Mary­land (46-35, 5-5) a halfgame be­hind.

The se­ries fi­nale be­tween the

Blue Crabs and Rev­o­lu­tion is sched­uled for 6:35 tonight, then the Blue Crabs head out on the road for an eight-game road trip that will start with four in Bridge­port on Thurs­day and con­tinue with four games in three days next week ver­sus Som­er­set.

“Base­ball is a game of ups and downs,” said Hoes, who fin­ished with three hits as did Cone. “We are try­ing to build in the se­cond half and get bet­ter. We are play­ing .500 base­ball and we are try­ing to get healthy. We will be fine, it was a tough loss tonight.”

Sun­day, the Blue Crabs trailed 4-2 head­ing to the top of the ninth. Ryan Wiggins led off the frame with a home run, then Zach Wil­son tied the game at 4 with a two-out solo blast, his 14th homer of the sea­son.

Blue Crabs starter Brian Gren­ing pitched a no-de­ci­sion, go­ing 5 2/3 in­nings, al­low­ing four runs on seven hits with three strike­outs with one walk.

Fri­day, Ep­p­ley came on for the bot­tom of the 11th and the first two New Bri­tain hit­ters reached. Wal­ton was caught steal­ing on a missed bunt at­tempt and Yusuke Ka­ji­moto grounded out in a game-end­ing 4-6-3 dou­ble play.

Vaughn went 2 for 3 at the plate with four RBIs. He had a three-run homer in the first and later had an RBI sin­gle that tied the game at 4 in the sixth.

Craig Stem got the win on the hill for the Blue Crabs to go to 2-1, while Ep­p­ley picked up his 23rd save.

The Blue Crabs bullpen of Cody Heb­ner, Beal, Robert Car­son, Stem and Ep­p­ley held the Bees score­less for the fi­nal 4 2/3 in­nings, al­low­ing just three hits with five strike­outs and no walks.

PHOTO BY BERT HINDMAN

Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thomp­son, a 2003 La Plata High School grad­u­ate, pitched to a no-de­ci­sion in Mon­day 6-5, 11-in­ning loss to York at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf. Thomp­son threw six in­nings, al­low­ing three runs on seven hits with four strike­outs and two walks.

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