The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (1-2) won the series finale against the York Revolution (2-1) 4-3, on a walk-off single in the 11th inning.
Pitching had the upper hand early in the day, as Casey Delgado and Dominic Severino were both strong out of the gates. Neither pitcher allowed more than one runner to reach in any of the first three innings, combining to allow just four hits.
The scoring got started in the top of the fourth, as York put up a pair of runs in the inning. Alexi Casilla started the frame with a single, before two batters later Melky Mesa launched a two-run homerun to open the scoring. Mesa’s second homerun of the series gave York a 2-0 lead on the day.
Delgado recovered to work a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth, before Mesa added another to the lead in the sixth with a solo homerun. The Blue Crabs fought back for one in the bottom half of the inning, cutting the deficit to two runs. An error at shortstop started the inning, putting Edwin Garcia aboard as the leadoff man. Garcia moved around to third on a single from Frank Martinez, allowing him to score on a groundout from Devon Rodriguez to bring the score to 3-1.
Severino worked seven innings for York, allowing just the one run before turning things over to his bullpen. Joe Van Meter was first on in relief, allowing a walk and a single to put the first two batters on base. Martinez attempted a sacrifice bunt behind that, but Van Meter threw the ball away for an error to load the bases with still nobody out.
York then turned the jam over to a new reliever, as Junior Rincon came on out of the pen. Rincon immediately got a line drive from Rodriguez right at the first baseman, who snagged it and stepped on the base for a double play. After a walk loaded the bases once again, Rincon forced a popup to shortstop, ending the inning and escaping without allowing a run.
The Blue Crabs rallied back in the bottom of the ninth, getting two off All-Star closer Grant Sides. Austin Green started the inning with a solo homerun, cutting the York lead to just one run. After two quick outs, a hit-by-pitch put Ryan Strausborger aboard as the tying run. A walk put two on, with a wild pitch moving both into scoring position. A second wild pitch of the at-bat allowed Strausborger to score from third, tying the game and sending it to extra innings.
After a scoreless tenth started the extra frames, Green got the bottom of the 11th going with a walk. A sacrifice bunt moved him up to second, which was followed by an intentional walk and a strikeout. Garcia was then hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs in the inning. That brought Martinez back to the plate, who flared a single into shallow center field that got down and allowed Green to score the winning run. The 4-3 victory was the Blue Crabs fourth walk-off of the season, and gave them their first win in the second half.
The Blue Crabs are off for four days for the All-Star before returning to action Friday, July 13th for the series opener in a three-game series against the New Britain Bees. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Friday at New Britain Stadium.
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