The York Revolution enjoyed one of the biggest offensive nights in team history on Monday, clobbering the Bridgeport Bluefish 20-3 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
It marked the third time in club history that the Revs scored 20 runs in a game, and the first time since 2010. The Revs have won three consecutive games and six of their last seven overall.
The 20 runs scored tied the second most in team history, just one shy of matching the all-time mark. York's 22 hits were also a season-high and tied for the fourth most in Revs' history all-time.
The Revs scored multiple runs in an inning five times, including three innings of four or more runs. Every Revs starter scored and had a hit, while eight of the nine drove in
Danny Gonzalez and Brandon Haveman each went 4-for-5, tying the Revs' season-high for hits in a game by a batter. Haveman extended his hitting streak to nine consecutive games while recording his 16th multi-hit game in 33 games with York. Gonzalez is now 9-for-15 on a four-game hitting streak.
Andres Perez added four RBIs for York, while Travis Scott added a three-run homer and three runs scored. Scott (2-for-5) is now 9-for-22 on his season-best six-game hitting streak.
Revs starter Chris Waters allowed three runs in four innings. Four Revs' relievers combined on five scoreless innings for the bullpen. Wade Korpi (1-0) worked two scoreless innings to earn the win, while Kris Regas, James Houser, and Dumas Garcia each chipped in with a frame as well.
The Revs (30-27) moved to a season-best three games above the .500 mark, and remained within five games of Lancaster in the Freedom Division with 13 contests remaining in the season's first half, four of which will be played head-to-head in Lancaster this weekend.
The Revs have now scored 65 runs over their last seven games (9.3 per game) while batting .376 as a team.
York will look to match its season-high with a fourth straight win in Tuesday's game, with Omar Javier (0-5, 5.95) facing Gilbert De La Vara (3-4, 4.28).
EX-REVS' PITCHER RE TURNS TO MAJORS: For the second time in franchise history, a former York Revolution player has reached the major leagues.
Monday morning, left-handed reliever Justin Hampson was promoted from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons of the International League to the New York Mets, one of a few roster moves resulting from Mets' closer Frank Francisco landing on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain.
Hampson was a member of the 2010 Atlantic League champion Revs, appearing in 11 games out of the bullpen. Hampson was signed by York in late May of 2010 and released after York won the first-half title in early July. With the Revs, he was 1-0 with a 4.96 ERA. He walked nine in 16 innings.
The following season he joined the Mets organization, pitching all of 2011 in Buffalo, posting a 3.41 ERA in 52 games and 58 innings of relief.
Hampson pitched even better for Buffalo this season. Upon his promotion, he had appeared in 28 games, tossing 421/3 innings, with an ERA over a run better than last season at 2.13. In both seasons with Buffalo combined, Hampson's strikeout-to-walk ratio has been better than 3-to-1, with 98 strikeouts and 31 walks since the beginning of 2011.
The Mets are Hampson's third big league team, and this will be the fourth MLB season he's pitched in. He appeared in five games for the Colorado Rockies in 2006, 39 games for the San Diego Padres in 2007 and 35 more for San Diego in 2008. Four seasons later, Hampson will make his major league comeback two seasons removed from playing in York.
For his career Hampson holds a 3.38 ERA in the big leagues in 79 career games. He has 62 strikeouts in 96 Major League innings pitched.
Hampson, 32, was originally drafted in 1999 by Colorado.
In the inaugural York Revolution season of 2007, outfielder Tike Redman played the first seven games of the season with the club, before his contract was purchased by the Baltimore Orioles. After going to Triple-A Norfolk, he ended the season in the majors with Baltimore.
While Hampson is the second former Rev to reach the majors, the organization currently has several former pitchers in Triple-A. Relievers Scott Rice (Albuquerque, Dodgers), Mike DeMark (Reno, Diamondbacks), and starters Ryan Feierabend (Lousiville, Reds) and Shawn Hill (Las Vegas, Blue Jays) are all a phone call away from a major league roster.
CLOSER LEAVES REVS FOR MEXICAN LEAGUE: York Revolution closer R.J. Rodriguez has left the team to pitch in the Mexican League.
The move was first announced on a Twitter post by Paul Braverman, the team's promotions and communications manager.
Rodriguez had his contract purchased by Campeche of the Mexican League. Rodriguez was 0-2 with 11 saves and a 2.36 ERA. In 262/3 innings, he struck out 26 and walked 14 while allowing 23 hits. Rodriguez pitched for Yucatan in the Mexican League in 2010. He is York's all-time saves leader with 29 over three different seasons.
Setup man Adam Thomas is expected to take over as the team's closer. Going into Monday's game vs. Bridgeport, Thomas was 2-2 with a 3.45 ERA and two saves. As the closer for the Road Warriors last season, Thomas had a 1.73 ERA and 17 saves.
Rodriguez becomes the third player to leave York for the Mexican League in 2011. Most recently, first baseman Chris Nowak joined the Mexico City on Friday.
York now has 23 active players on the roster, but Braverman, on his Twitter account, indicated the Revs will likely soon announce some additions.