Revs drop back-and-forth decision to Blue Crabs
In a game that saw three lead changes and two ties, the York Revolution found itself on the wrong side of Monday night's final result.
York dropped a 7-6 verdict to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at PeoplesBank Park, bringing its losing streak to six games.
The Revs (21-36) got off to a fast start, scoring two runs in the home half of the first inning on a Michael Burgess two-run homer to grab a quick 2-0 lead.
However, it was short-lived. Southern Maryland (32-24) immediately responded with two runs off of York starter Victor Mateo in the top of the second inning to tie the game. The Revs regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning with an unearned run to go ahead, 3-2.
The Blue Crabs struck for two runs in the top of the fourth to pull in front, 4-3, and that's when the back-and-forth began for the two teams. York scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to jump ahead, 6-4. Ryan Dent got the comeback started with a base-loaded walk to tie the game at 4-4. Derrick Robinson put the Revs on top, 5-4 with a sac fly and then Luis Cruz provided some insurance with an RBI single.
Southern Maryland answered with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game and then, after loading the bases with nobody out in the top of the eighth, scratched across one run to take a 7-6 lead.
York had a chance to tie the game in the bottom half of the frame, getting runners on first and third with only one out, but a strikeout and ground out ruined the rally. Then, after getting the tying run on base with two outs in the ninth, Dent struck out swinging to end the game.
The Blue Crabs rattled off 13 hits and extended their first-place lead in the Freedom Division to two games over the Lancaster Barnstormers, while the Revs are 11.5 games back with 13 to play in the first half.
The second game of the four-game series is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at PeoplesBank Park.