The York Revolution squandered a stellar pitching effort from starter Corey Thurman and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs pulled off a comeback to win it, 4-3, in walk-off fashion extra innings Monday night.
The visiting Revs held a 3-1 lead at going into the bottom of the ninth, where closer Ricardo Gomez gave up a one-out two-run home run to Jesse Gutierrez to tie it up at 3-3.
Gomez, who entered with nine saves in as many as opportunities, blew his first save of the year. However, the right-hander would retire the next two batters to send the game to extra innings.
The Revs had a great opportunity to take the lead in the top of the 10th. After Ramon Castro led off with a single, he moved over to second on a wild pitch and got to third on a fly out to right by Joe Thurston.
Revs' infielder Andres Perez then walked to put runners on the corners and Blue Crabs' reliever Chris Mobley (5-2) followed by issuing an intentional walk to Jeff Fiorentino to load the bases with one out to bring slugger Chris Nowak to the plate. Facing a 2-1 count from Mobley, Nowak hit his fourth pitch of the at-bat into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double-play.
Revs' reliever Kris Regas came on to pitch in the bottom frame of the 10th inning. After sitting down the first batter, Regas (1-2) then gave up back-to-back singles and issued an intentional walk to Mike Daniel to load the bases with one out. The Blue Crabs then brought on pinch-hitter Richard Mercado, who nailed a walk-off RBI single to right on the third pitch from Regas to win the first of the three-game series.
Thurman: The Revs blew a solid pitching effort from Thurman. After getting knocked around for two hits and one run in the first inning, Thurman recovered by retiring the final 17 batters he faced. He collected three strikeouts over his six innings of work.
After picking up his 11th win of the season back on Aug. 11, Thurman has gotten a no-decision in each of his last two starts.
Blue Crabs' starter Nick Green held the Revs' offense in check until York struck for three runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Outfielder Michael Hernandez scored from third on a sac fly from Scott Grimes and Castro followed two batters later with a two-run home run. It marked Castro's 14th homer of the season, matching the same amount he put up with York last year. It also marked his third homer in the month of August and second in the last six games.
Green gave up just the three runs on six hits in six innings of work, striking out eight and walking one.
Lancaster defeated Somerset, 7-3, Monday night. As a result, York dropped to 3½ games back of Barnstormers for first place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division second-half race but stayed 4½ games up on the Patriots in the wild-card race.
Next game: York has two more to play at Southern Maryland on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning for an eight-game homestand beginning Thursday. York left-hander Chris Waters (4-5, 4.20 ERA) will face righty Gabriel Hernandez (1-1, 3.97) Tuesday.
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