(York, PA., Aug. 24, 2018) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (16-25) dropped the series opener against the York Revolution (21-21) 5-0, with York putting up all five runs in the final three innings.

Both teams stranded runners in scoring position in the first, before the pitchers traded 1-2-3 innings in the second inning. York threatened Brett Marshall again in the third, getting back-to-back singles to start the inning. The Blue Crabs starter bounced back to retire three in a row, keeping things scoreless through three.

York’s offense continued to threaten Marshall, putting up eight hits in Marshall’s six innings of work. The right-hander kept working out of trouble however, stranding a runner in scoring position each of the final four innings he worked. Mitch Atkins (11-5) on the other side was even better for the Revs, allowing just four hits in seven scoreless innings, while striking out nine batters.

Southern Maryland turned things over to the bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, and York immediately capitalized on the change. Travis Witherspoon led off the inning with a double, scoring two batters later on a double from Steven Figueroa. A double from Jared Mitchell put men on second and third, setting up a sacrifice fly from Alexi Casilla to bring home Figueroa to take a 2-0 lead.

The Revs kept the offense going in the eighth, adding three more to their lead. After a strikeout started the inning, Welington Dotel drew a walk to get the first man on base. Dotel then stole second, before moving up to third on a single from Ryan Dent. Witherspoon followed that with a single, bringing home Dotel and advancing Dent around to third. A single from Roger Diaz was next, bringing home both Dent and Witherspoon to extend the lead further.

Dustin Richardson came on for the ninth, looking to finish off the shutout for York. Richardson struck out the first batter of the inning, before allowing a single to Jon Griffin, which extended Griffin’s hitting streak to a season-high 12 games. The reliever recovered to get a flyout and a popout, finishing off the 5-0 win for the Revs.

The Blue Crabs return to action Saturday, August 25th for the second game in the series against the Revolution. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. on Saturday at PeoplesBank Ballpark.

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