Two-run 8th Pushes Crabs to Victory Southern Maryland Wins Second Straight

May 31, 2014

blue crabs opening day 20140425_34In a 2-2 game, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs scored twice in the bottom of the 8th inning and held on to defeat the York Revolution 4-2 in the opener of their three-game series at Regency Furniture Stadium. The Blue Crabs have now won three of four games during this homestand.

The Blue Crabs lost the lead in the top of the 8th but regained it with two, two-out runs in the 8th. With Angel Sanchez on 3rd and two outs, Jake Opitz hit a groundball down the first base line that snuck by Chad Tracy to score the go-ahead run. Tony Delmonico then added an insurance run with an RBI double to double the lead to 4-2.

Charlie Manning (1-2) got the win out of the bullpen while Ian Durham (1-1) took the loss. Eric Massingham pitched a scoreless 9th for his first save of the season.

York (21-14) broke through for the game’s first run in the 5th inning without a hit. Sean Smith led off with a walk, stole second, and moved to third base on a groundout. He later scored on a wild pitch by Ryan Hinson to put the Revolution up 1-0.

Southern Maryland (14-20) responded immediately with two runs in the bottom of the 5th to seize the lead. Tony Delmonico drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third base on a double by Juan Medina, the first hit of the game for the Blue Crabs. Jermaine Mitchell and Amadeo Zazueta followed with back-to-back RBI singles to give the Crabs their first lead of the game.

A two-out rally by the Revolution tied the game in the 8th. Johan Limonta reached on an infield single to put runners on first and third and Ofilio Castro then delivered with an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2.