Southern Maryland 9, Lancaster 8
(7/26/2022, Lancaster, PA) The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs picked up the series opener in Lancaster on Tuesday night, despite a late push by the Barnstormers. The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs led 8-1 before the Lancaster Barnstormers tied it in the eighth. Alex Crosby’s ninth-inning solo shot was the difference in the 9-8 victory.
Southern Maryland got the bats going in the first. Following a walk to Zach Collier, David Harris roped an RBI-double to left-center, scoring Collier to put the Blue Crabs ahead 1-0. In the second the Blue Crabs added two runs, as Ryan Haug ripped a double to left, scoring Braxton Lee. Haug later scored on a single to right from Jack Sundberg, putting Southern Maryland on top 3-0.
In the third inning, Alex Crosby drove a liner over the wall in right field, giving the Blue Crabs a 4-0 edge. Lancaster battled back in the third, scoring a run on a sac fly.
In the fifth inning, the Blue Crabs broke out. Nile Ball walked a batter before hitting two batters to load the bases. With one out, Alex Crosby crushed a triple down the first baseline, clearing the bases to give the Blue Crabs a 7-1 lead. Southern Maryland would extend the lead to 8-1 on a sacrifice fly.
Lancaster stormed back from there. Melvin Mercedes hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to 8-2. The Barnstormers linked four hits together in the sixth off of Daryl Thompson, cutting the Blue Crabs’ lead to 8-4. In the seventh, Nick Wells retired the first two batters before he surrendered a single and an opposite-field two-run shot, putting the Barnstormers within two runs.
In the bottom of the eighth, Patrick Baker (W, 5-1) entered the game, recording the first two outs. After a bunt single from Shawon Dunston, Melvin Mercedes smashed a two-run home run over the wall in right, tying the game.
With two outs in the ninth inning, Dominic DiSabatino (L, 3-3) retired the first two batters before Alex Crosby crushed a solo home run over the right field wall, giving the Blue Crabs a 9-8 edge. From there, Mat Latos pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with a pair of strikeouts, giving Southern Maryland a 9-8 victory.
The Blue Crabs pick up their 60th victory with the win tonight, moving to 60-25 on the season. The Blue Crabs are 12-7 in the second half, tied for the North Division lead in the second half. Southern Maryland will send Alex Merithew to the mound tomorrow, as they look to win the series over Lancaster.
Long Island 6, Staten Island 3
(Central Islip, N.Y., July 26, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Staten Island FerryHawks 6-3 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
The Ducks opened the scoring in the first inning on an RBI single to right field off FerryHawks starter Hector Guance. Joe DeCarlo’s RBI single up the middle in the second extended the lead to two. Kevin Whatley then doubled the Ducks advantage to 4-0 in the fourth with a two-run home run to right field.
Staten Island cut their deficit in half in the fifth on Javier Betancourt’s RBI double to left and Dilson Herrera’s RBI single to left off Ducks starter Scott Harkin. However, the Ducks got one of the runs back in the bottom of the frame on Deibinson Romero’s RBI single down the right field line, making it a 5-2 game.
A run-scoring groundout off the bat of Betancourt in the seventh closed the gap to 5-3. Long Island got the run back though in the seventh when Alejandro De Aza launched a solo homer to right.
Harkin (7-6) earned the win, tossing six innings of two-run ball, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out four. Guance (2-5) took the loss, yielding five runs on 10 hits and three walks over five innings with three strikeouts. Tyler Webb picked up his eighth save with a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one.
De Aza led the Flock offensively with four hits, an RBI and three runs. DeCarlo added a hit, an RBI, a run and two walks.
The Ducks and FerryHawks continue their three-game set on Wednesday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). Former New York Mets great Dwight “Doc” Gooden is scheduled to appear at the ballpark during the game. He is slated to throw out a ceremonial first pitch and is also scheduled to be signing autographs for fans on the main concourse for the first two innings of the game (limit one autograph per person). Right-hander Joe Iorio (6-3, 4.22) takes the mound for the Ducks against FerryHawks righty David Martinez (1-2, 6.26).
Kentucky 10, High Point 4
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Kentucky’s Khris Davis hit two home runs and drove in five in the Wild Health Genomes 10-4 win over High Point on Tuesday night at Wild Health Field.
High Point scored its four runs on four solo homers, one each by Quincy Latimore and Jerry Downs and a pair of home runs by Zander Wiel. Wiel hit his 22nd homer of the year in the fourth and his 23rd in the ninth. Latimore’s round-tripper was his 13th of the year while Downs hit his 13th as well.
The Rockers signed lefty Casey Grimm (L, 0-1) prior to the game to make the start. Grimm went three innings and allowed five hits and five runs while walking one and striking out two.
Kentucky tied the game at 1-1 in the third on a sac fly by Austin Rei and then took a 4-1 lead when Davis hit a two-run blast later in the inning.
Wiel’s first homer of the night made it a 5-2 game in the fourth and the score remained that way until the bottom of the eighth. High Point relievers Nathan Bates, Cam Cotter, and Gabriel Castellanos threw four shutout innings to hold the Genomes at bay.
Jonathon Crawford came on in the eighth and lasted one-third of an inning, allowing four hits and a walk while the Genomes plated five runs. Davis hit his sixth homer of the year while Chris Shaw and Luke Becker each delivered RBI doubles. Joe Johnson relieved in the eighth to earn the final two outs as the Genomes surged ahead 10-2.
Wiel’s second homer of the night made it a 10-3 score in the ninth before Jerry Downs added a solo shot to account for the 10-4 final.
Kentucky’s Ryan Kellogg (W, 3-2) went six innings and struck out six while allowing five hits and two runs. Wiel, Downs and Jay Gonzalez each had two hits for the Rockers.
The Rockers are now 43-41 overall and 4-14 in the second half.
High Point and Kentucky will play a matinee on Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 12:05 p.m. from Wild Health Field.
Charleston 6, York 1 (10 innings)
(July 26, 2022 – York, Pa.): The York Revolution was provided an early spark on Tuesday night but was silenced thereafter, falling 6-1 in 10 innings to the Charleston Dirty Birds to open their series at PeoplesBank Park.
York got on the board one batter into the bottom of the first as JC Encarnacion drove his ninth home run of the year onto the right center field lawn for an early 1-0 lead. It was Encarnacion’s second leadoff home run to start a game this season.
The early lead came against Charleston starter Ryan Lawlor who the Revs chased after just three innings and 71 pitches, making him the third starter in four games that has not made it past the third against the Revs offense.
On the other side, Charleston consistently had runners on early in the game against York starter Alex Sanabia, but through the first four innings the righty stranded seven total to maintain the 1-0 lead.
Charleston attempted to play small ball all night and it finally played to their advantage in the top of the fifth. After Nick Heath reached on a bloop single to lead off the inning and moved to second on a one-out single by Edwin Espinal, the Dirty Birds put on a double steal. On the attempt to throw out Heath at third base, the throw from York catcher Lenin Rodriguez skipped into left field. Heath scored to tie the game at 1-1, but Sanabia struck out the next two to escape further damage.
Over six innings in a no-decision, Sanabia allowed just one unearned run on six hits while striking out eight on the night, tying his Revs career-high.
Lefty Tuck Tucker relieved Sanabia, tossing a scoreless inning with a strikeout to keep the game tied.
York threatened with two baserunners in the bottom half of the seventh as Elmer Reyes was hit by a pitch and Carlos Franco walked. Longtime Revs reliever Ricardo Gomez, making his Dirty Birds debut and 367th career Atlantic League appearance (seven shy of the all-time record) struck out cleanup hitter Telvin Nash swinging to keep the game tied at 1-1.
Nick Howard and Jim Fuller also logged scoreless innings out of the Revs bullpen as the game remained tied through nine, sending the Revs to extras for the second straight game.
Duke von Schamann was again brought on to pitch the top of the 10th and was greeted with back-to-back seeing eye hits including a go-ahead single up the middle by Diego Goris. Yovan Gonzalez reached on a bunt single to load the bases, and von Schamann walked pitcher Kevin Siegrist on a full count offering, extending the Charleston lead, 3-1. Nine-hole hitter Scott Kelly followed with an RBI single up the middle, pushing Charleston ahead 4-1 with still nobody out. Anfernee Seymour continued the barrage with a single of his own, bringing the lead to 5-1 as six batters came to the plate before the first out was finally recorded. After fouling off 11 straight two-strike pitches, Alfredo Gonzalez plated yet another run, this time on a single to left field. Melky Mesa cut down a potential second run at the plate, but the base hit put Charleston ahead 6-1.
Von Schamann (4-3) was relieved by a returning Nick Green who was activated from the Injured List earlier in the day and retired the first batter he faced, Engel Beltre on a ground out to second, but the five runs surrendered in the inning tied the most ever given up by York in an extra inning.
York went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 10th against right-hander Max Tannenbaum, falling to 4-6 on the current homestand with two games remaining.
In total, York stranded 11 on the night and went 0-8 with runners in scoring position while Charleston overcame 14 runners stranded.
York remains 4.5 games back in the North Division second half standings, while Charleston has won a season best six straight, pulling within 4.5 games of first place in the South.
The Revs will look to even the series on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. with Nick Travieso getting the start opposite Luis Cruz. It is Stranger Things Night and a PeoplesBank Kids Eat Free Wednesday.
Lexington 10, Gastonia 4
GASTONIA, N.C. - Jordany Valdespin had a four-hit night, leading the Lexington Legends to a 10-4 win over the Gastonia Honey Hunters on Tuesday night at Caromont Health Park.
Reilly Hovis worked opposite Wes Albert, looking for win number six on the season. Albert, who spent time with the Lancaster Barnstormers earlier in the season, was seeking his first win of the year.
Lexington got the offense going early, plating six runs in their first three times at bat.
Valdespin impacted the game in his first at-bat, scoring two runs with a single to right, giving Lexington the early 2-0 lead.
After the Legends upped their lead to 3-0, Zach Jarrett hit his twelfth homer of the year, cutting the lead back to 3-1. The homer for Jarrett moved his hitting streak to twenty straight games. The run for Jarrett has included a base hit for every single game in the month of July.
Lexington tacked on three runs in the third to go up 6-1, the inning highlighted by Manuel Geraldo´s two-run base hit.
Gastonia retaliated with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fourth, as Jack Reinheimer scored Jake Skole on a sacrifice fly. Reece Hampton would trail Skole home as Rusber Estrada´s errant throw allowed Hampton to cruise home, making the score 6-3 in favor of Lexington.
Lexington would not allow the Honey Hunters the chance to get any closer, scoring single runs in four of the final six frames.
Albert picked up his first win for Lexington(9-9,32-52), pitching the requisite five innings before turning things over to his bullpen. Reilly Hovis suffered the loss, falling to 5-4 on the season.
Gastonia´s first four hitters collected hits on the night, with Jarrett earning the lone multi-hit game.
Gastonia(14-4, 58-25) continues the series tomorrow night against the Lexington Legends with a 6:15pm first pitch.
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