Blue Crabs fall in se­ries fi­nale to York

Lose 2 out of 3 ahead of road trip

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

Fol­low­ing Tues­day’s 4-2 win over York to even up the three­game se­ries at 1, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs were look­ing to grab a se­ries win in the rub­ber match Wed­nes­day night.

How­ever, be­hind solid pitch­ing from starter Jay Gause and some early of­fense, the Rev­o­lu­tion de­liv­ered with an 8-2 vic­tory over the Blue Crabs to take the se­ries at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

South­ern Mary­land grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the bot­tom of the first, but York scored three in the sec­ond and two more in the third off Blue Crabs starter Pat McCoy to take a lead it would not re­lin­quish.

Gause went seven in­nings, al­low­ing just two runs on three hits with seven strike­outs to get his fourth win of the sea­son. He re­tired the Blue Crabs in or­der in five of the seven in­nings.

It was the sec­ond straight se­ries loss for the Blue Crabs, also drop­ping two of three games in New Bri­tain last week­end.

The Blue Crabs (44-37 over­all, 6-6 sec­ond half) were just a half-game be­hind York (35-48, 7-6) and Lan­caster (45-37, 7-6) for the top spot in the At­lantic League’s Free­dom Divi­sion sec­ond-half stand­ings en­ter­ing Thurs­day when they be­gan four-game week­end se­ries in Bridge­port.

“It is still early in the sec­ond half and we are .500,” Blue Crabs man­ager John Har­ris

said. “York has a very good team. We just have to bounce back and get ready for the Bridge­port se­ries.”

The Rev­o­lu­tion, who outhit the Blue Crabs 17-6, had four bat­ters with three hits. Day­ron Varona led the charge for the vis­i­tors with a 3 for 4 night with a triple, five RBIs and a run scored. Isa­ias Te­jeda, Luis Cruz (3 runs), Jared Mitchell also had three hits.

Michael Snyder drove in the Blue Crabs’ first run on of the game in the first on his league-lead­ing 25th dou­ble of the sea­son, scor­ing Zach Wil­son. Snyder fin­ished with two hits to lead the Blue Crabs in the game.

Varona put York in front in the sec­ond with a two-RBI sin­gle. Lead­ing 4-1 in the third, he had a two-out RBI base hit to put the Rev­o­lu­tion up by four.

In the fourth, South­ern Mary­land trimmed the deficit to 5-2 on L.J. Hoes’ sac­ri­fice fly, scor­ing Wil­son, but it would be its last run of the night.

Varona tripled home a run with two outs in the fifth, bring­ing McCoy’s night to an end, and capped the scor­ing in the sev­enth with a sac­ri­fice fly.

McCoy lasted just 4 2/3 in­nings, al­low­ing six runs on 12 hits with three strike­outs in the loss. His record dropped to 2-5.

“We played OK,” Snyder said. “If you were to ask any one of the guys on our team, we would all say the same thing, ‘We’re still play­ing good base­ball and we will con­tinue to. We just need to put the past cou­ple se­ries be­hind us and move for­ward. We have to con­tinue to play Blue Crabs base­ball like we have all year.’”

Led by starter Gaby Her­nan­dez and three re­liev­ers, the Blue Crabs kept the York of­fense in check just enough to get the win Tues­day night.

Her­nan­dez, who im­proved to 7-1 on the sea­son, al­lowed just one run on five hits in six in­nings, walk­ing one and ty­ing a sea­son-high with nine strike­outs.

“I just en­tered the game with the same ap­proach,” said Her­nan­dez on Tues­day’s win. “I tried to keep ev­ery­thing the same and keep the ball down. I mixed up my pitches to keep the York bat­ters off bal­ance.”

Af­ter suf­fer­ing his first blown save of the sea­son on Mon­day in the se­ries opener, closer Cody Ep­p­ley got his 24th save of the sea­son which is sec­ond in the At­lantic League

Ep­p­ley recorded the first two outs of the top of the ninth be­fore giv­ing up a Mitchell sin­gle and a Cruz RBI triple to cut the lead to two runs, but he forced Car­los Tri­un­fel to ground out to end the game.

South­ern Mary­land did most of its dam­age in the third with three runs on a two-run homer by Zach Cone over the left-field wall and a two-out RBI sin­gle by Hoes. Cone and Hoes each had two hits to lead the Blue Crabs in the win.

York scored got on the board in the fifth as a run scored on a wild pitch and the Blue Crabs an­swered that in the sev­enth on a Cory Vaughn RBI sin­gle that scored Edwin Gar­cia.

PHOTO BY BERT HINDMAN

Blue Crabs sec­ond base­man Brian Bistagne throws over to first base in the sec­ond in­ning with York’s Ryan Dent slid­ing into sec­ond base dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s 8-2 loss to York in the se­ries fi­nale at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

PHOTO BY BERT HINDMAN

The Blue Crabs line up, in­clud­ing 2003 La Plata High School graduate Daryl Thomp­son, front, to give each other a high-five af­ter Tues­day’s 4-2 win over the York Rev­o­lu­tion in the sec­ond of a three-game se­ries at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

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