The York Revolution saw their six-game winning streak come to a close as they were denied a sweep in Southern Maryland, falling to the Blue Crabs 14-7 on Mother’s Day afternoon at Regency Furniture Stadium.
For the second time in as many days and for the second time in three games, Jason Repko lifted the lid on the proceedings with a game-opening leadoff home run to left field, spotting the Revs a 1-0 lead one batter into the contest.The Revs (11-7) are tied for first place in the Freedom Division through 18 games.
Southern Maryland answered in its half of the first, scoring the equalizer just two batters in as Steve Lombardozzi led off with a single to right, advanced on an errant pickoff attempt and scored on a ground single to right by Eric Garcia, tying the score at 1-1.
The Blue Crabs took the lead for good in the bottom of the third, as Michael Snyder kept the inning alive with a two-out walk and Fred Lewis cashed in with a two-run homer to right, his fourth of the year, giving Southern Maryland a 3-1 lead.
The Blue Crabs added an unearned run in the fourth when Gary Brown reached on a dropped fly ball in left field and scored on Lombardozzi’s sac fly to center.
The Revs made a run at a comeback in the sixth inning. Josh Wilson slapped a one-out single up the middle and scored as Andres Perez followed with an RBI triple that one-hopped the wall in left-center. Telvin Nash drew a walk to end the afternoon of Crabs starter Shaun Garceau, while Joel Guzman greeted reliever Jeff Urlaub with a sac fly to center, bringing York within 4-3.
Southern Maryland responded with a haymaker, batting around for their first of two five-run innings to put the game out of reach. Jamar Walton started things with a homer to right-center. Angel Flores reached on an infield single and Gary Brown drew a walk, with both scoring on Lombardozzi’s triple down the right field line. A wild pitch from reliever Daniel Carela brought Lombardozzi home with another run as the first four batters all reached and scored before an out was recorded. Lewis would later add a two-out RBI single to left, as the Crabs built a 9-3 lead.
Bryan Pounds and Keith Castillo slammed back-to-back homers to left in the top of the seventh, each connecting on their first home runs of the season, drawing York within 9-5.
The Blue Crabs enjoyed another five-run outburst in the eighth. Lombardozzi worked a leadoff walk, stole second and took third on an errant pickoff move. Garcia was then hit by a pitch, prompting benches to clear with no further incident. Reliever Eric Thomas then retired Zach Wilson on a pop up and after a stolen base by Garcia, intentionally walked cleanup man Michael Snyder to load the bases before striking out Lewis looking on three pitches. The Crabs rallied with two outs, however, as Bryant Nelson took a bases loaded walk, Walton singled to right to plate two more, Flores stroked an RBI single to left, and Brown blooped another run home on a single to shallow right.
The Revs closed the scoring in the ninth plating two runs. Isaias Tejeda smacked a one-out single up the middle and Repko drilled a double into the left field corner. Wilson grounded to short to plate Tejeda, and Repko came home on a wild pitch to provide the final margin.
York starter Micah Owings (0-1) suffered the loss, charged with three runs in three innings in his second start.
Repko and Tejeda each posted three-hit games to lead York’s 12-hit attack, which featured a season-high-tying six extra-base hits.
The Revs return home now to begin a six-game homestand at PeoplesBank Park, starting with a series against the New Britain Bees on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.