After surrendering an early five-run lead, the York Revolution had the final say as Salvador Paniagua's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Revs to a 6-5 win over the Camden Riversharks on Saturday night, in front of 4,983 fans at a windy Santander Stadium. The Revs, 2-0 for the first time since 2011, will host the Riversharks in a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m.
York stormed out to a quick 5-0 lead after two innings. In the first, Sean Smith led off with a triple to center and scored on a Wilson Valdez sac fly. Eric Patterson was then hit by a pitch, stole second, and scored on Chad Tracy's single to deep left. Travis Garcia later slammed an RBI double off the wall in left-center, giving the Revs three first inning runs. The offensive display continued in the second as Paniagua and Tim Torres connected on back-to-back doubles to plate a run, and Tracy later rapped a two-out RBI single to left, making it 5-0.
The offense came in support of YorkCounty native Anthony Lerew, who held Camden scoreless over the first three innings in his Revs debut, and allowed just two runs in four-plus innings of work. Lerew only allowed a solo home run to Kalian Sams in the fourth, and an inherited run on a groundout after his exit in the fifth.
Reliever Jorge Martinez limited Camden to just the one run on Paddy Matera's groundout in the fifth inning, striking out Sams looking to leave runners at the corners in his American professional debut. The Cuba native was tagged with a pair of runs in the sixth inning, however, as the Sharks rallied for three more runs to draw even at 5-5. Bryan Pounds had the big hit, a pinch-hit two-run double to right, before scoring the equalizer on a single by Yasser Gomez.
Camden's bullpen held York without a hit from the third inning through the seventh, with Scott Gorgen logging three of those innings and Andrew Johnston the latter two. The Revs rallied in the eighth, however, as Tracy greeted righty Greg Miller (0-1) with a four-pitch walk, and Johan Limonta chopped a single into right. Miller came back to record the next two outs, but Paniagua jumped on the first pitch, roping the deciding single into left field, plating pinch-runner Brandon Chaves with the eventual winning run.
It was York's bullpen that took over late in the game, as Ian Durham (1-0) held Camden without a hit in the seventh and eighth innings to earn the win, while Rommie Lewis fired a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season.
York will send Alain Quijano to the mound in game one on Sunday, opposite Camden's Jay Voss. Revs all-time wins leader Corey Thurman starts game two, facing Camden's Jake Hale. It is an Autograph Sunday with pregame catch on the field, and postgame Kids Run the Bases presented by Logos Academy. Tickets are available at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office.