News Release, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
York, PA. – In the series finale with York, Southern Maryland was on the brink of returning home. It has been a road heavy start to the season to say the least, as today marked the squad’s 17th game on the road in 26 total games. The Blue Crabs knew they could use a win to kickstart them heading into a homestand, and they were on the verge of doing so before late-inning drama ensued, giving the Revs a 5-4 victory.
Daryl Thompson was sent to the mound for his sixth start of the season for his hometown team. The right-hander worked around a leadoff double in the first when his catcher Mike Falsetti caught Justin Trapp attempting to steal second, as the good guys would escape one inning of play with a scoreless contest.
Things would settle down as the morning game rolled on. York’s starter Mitch Atkins and Thompson would trade scoreless innings in a game labeled as a pitchers’ duel that lived up to the hype. The scoring wouldn’t get cracked open until the fifth inning of action, when Cory Vaughn obliterated a baseball for a homerun to straight away center field putting the Blue Crabs ahead 1-0 through half of a ballgame.
York posted their fourth leadoff hit of the game in the sixth inning, and the fourth time was a charm as it would ultimately break the Revs’ scoring seal when Telvin Nash doubled to bring home Alexi Cassila. The Revolution tacked on two more with two down later in inning when Wellington Dotel came through with a single, giving the Revs their first lead of the game, 3-1,through six innings, the last inning of Thompson’s outing before Kevin Munson came (L, 1-1) in his place.
It didn’t even take one half of an inning before the sudden scoring frenzy continued as Vaughn came through with his second RBI of the day on a sacrifice fly. Maddox followed it up with a two-out RBI double to bring home the tying run of the ball game. That spelled the end of Atkins’s day, giving way to Julio Perez (W, 1-1) and the inning would end just short of a Blue Crabs lead as Maddox tried to sneak home on a Rian Kiniry single, but the scoring would stay knotted up at 3-3.
York took the lead and then some in the following innings, as Isaias Tejada and Justin Trapp each came through with an RBI, giving the Revs a 5-3 lead. The Blue Crabs wouldn’t go down easy though, as in the top of the ninth inning Frank Martinez blasted a solo shot to leadoff the frame, and Tony Thomas singled, later advancing to third base with just one out. Southern Maryland would strand the tying run at third however, as Pat Young (S,1) closed the door and the Blue Crabs dropped the series finale by a score of 5-4.
The Blue Crabs will return home tomorrow, Friday, May 24th. Tomorrow will be the first game of a seven day, seven game homestand at Regency Furniture Stadium, with the first pitch at 6:35 PM.