The Blue Crabs celebrated Memorial Day by pounding out eleven hits and eight runs in an 8-4 victory over the visiting York Revolution. The win improves Southern Marylandâ€™s record to 16-13 while York drops to 9-21.
The Crabs were led by 3rd baseman Patrick Osborn, who finished the game 3-for-3 with 5 runs batted in and a run scored. Osborn, hitting in the 3-spot in the lineup for the first time, was hit by a pitch in the 5th inning and had to leave the ballgame in the bottom of the 8th with what appeared to be a bruised hip.
Eric Crozier also enjoyed a hot night for the Crabs, belting out two doubles and scoring a run.
It appeared as if Southern Maryland would be in for a long holiday when starting pitcher Carlos Perez lasted only one-third of an inning, walking two Revolution batters and hitting another. Chris Gale entered the game with the bases loaded, and escaped unscathed by striking out Dryer and inducing a pop-up from Esquival.
The home team would put up four runs in the bottom of the first, keyed by Osbornâ€™s three-run home run. Crozier would double and score soon after on a John Ramistella bloop single to center field.
George Sandel also chipped in, finishing the day 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored. Chris Maples, played at second base, had the other RBI with a single to left in the fifth inning.
The win goes to pitcher Chris Gale, now 2-2 on the season, with Dave Gil taking the loss to go to 0-1.
The Blue Crabs and Revolution will return to Regency Furniture Stadium tomorrow night with an estimated game time of 7:05. Taking the hill for the Blue Crabs will be Ryan Bicondoa (3-2, 3.48 ERA), matching up against right-hander Corey Thurman (0-5, 9.69 ERA). It will be â€śReality TV-showâ€ť Night at the ballpark.