(York, PA., May 29, 2018) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (10-18) dropped the series opener against the York Revolution (14-12) 8-5.
The Revolution took an early lead on the night, putting up a pair of runs in the first inning. Jared Mitchell started the bottom of the inning with a triple, before a single from Alexi Casilla allowed him to score. A stolen base moved Casilla up to second, with a groundout getting him up to third. That set up a sacrifice fly from Zach Wilson, putting the Revs ahead 2-0.
A solo homerun from Ryan Dent added another run in the second, before the Blue Crabs began to fight back in the third. Back-to-back singles put Angelys Nina and Johnny Bladel aboard, with a wild pitch moving both into scoring position. Edwin Garcia came through with a sacrifice fly to score Nina, before another wild pitch scored Bladel to cut the deficit to one run.
After a quiet fourth inning, York padded their lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Mitchell started the offense again, this time with a one-out infield single. After two failed pickoff attempts at first, Casilla clubbed a two-run shot to put the Revs ahead 5-2 on the night.
Southern Maryland responded immediately, plating a pair in the top of the sixth. Austin Green came up with a two-out double, scoring Devon Rodriguez and Dave Sappelt to cut the deficit to one run. They added another run in the seventh, with Bladel scoring on a Teodoro Martinez sacrifice fly. The Martinez RBI tied the game at 5-5 at the seventh-inning stretch.
The game didn’t stay tied for long, as the Revolution grabbed the lead back in the bottom of the inning. Mitchell and Casilla connected for a double and a single, putting runners on the corners with nobody down. After a fielder’s choice and a stolen base from Welington Dotel, Wilson was intentionally walked to load the bases. Melky Mesa followed with a single, scoring Mitchell and Dotel to retake the lead.
A second homerun from Dent added an insurance run in the eighth, giving closer Junior Rincon (S,4) a three-run lead to work with. An error put Bladel on first to start the inning, before a flyout and a double play finished off 8-5 win for the Revolution. The win moves York to 3-0 on the season against Southern Maryland.
The Blue Crabs return to action Wednesday, May 30th for game two against the Revolution. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday at PeoplesBank Ballpark.
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