The York Revolution had all the momentum in Tuesday's contest against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, but, with one swing of the bat, it was gone.
After York erased a six-run deficit by the sixth inning, Southern Maryland immediately responded with a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the seventh, which proved to be the winner in its 12-9 win at PeoplesBank Park.
The loss for the Revs (21-37) was their seventh in a row and has officially eliminated them from winning the first half Freedom Division title and earning an automatic playoff berth.
Southern Maryland (33-24) raced out to an 8-2 lead by the fourth inning and looked to be well on its way to handing York another lopsided defeat. However, the Revs fought back, gradually chipping away at the deficit over the next three frames.
Two runs in the bottom of the fourth cut York's deficit in half and three more in the fifth had it within one run at 8-7. Angel Franco completed the comeback with a two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 8-8 and it looked like the Revs were on their way to earning one of their most improbable wins of the season.
However, after Luke Westphal loaded the bases without recording an out in the seventh, he was replaced by Hawtin Buchanan. Buchanan had just as little success as Westphal with the first batter he faced, surrendering a grand slam to No. 9 hitter Brian Bistagne, putting the Blue Crabs back in front, 12-8.
York pulled to within three with a run in the eighth to make it 12-9 and then brought the tying run to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Travis Witherspoon flew out to end the game.
Seven different Revs recorded RBIs in the game, led by Ryan Dent's two.
Bistagne provided the devastating blow for Southern Maryland, but Michael Snyder also had a big day, launching two home runs and driving in six runs for the visitors.
The two teams will be back at it on Wednesday for the third game of the four-game series, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park.