The York Revolution edged the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 5-4 on Friday night in front of 4,543 fans at Santander Stadium, moving into sole possession of second place in the Freedom Division with their second straight win. The series continues on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m., with two games left on the current homestand.
York struck first as Sean Smith launched a leadoff home run to left in the bottom of the first inning. Smith's sac fly an inning later made it a 2-0 lead, as the center fielder drove in York's first two runs of the night.
Revs starter Corey Thurman was outstanding early, retiring 11 of his first 12 batters before Jose Julio-Ruiz singled to right with two outs in the fourth, and C.J. Ziegler homered to left, tying the game at 2-2.
The Revs immediately answered, retaking the lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth on Chad Tracy's two-out RBI single up the middle.
Southern Maryland again drew even, tying the game at 3-3 in the top of the sixth on a two-out RBI triple to left by Jake Opitz.
The Revs responded right away once again, taking the lead for good with two runs in their half of the sixth inning. Wilson Valdez singled up the middle with one out and stole second, allowing him to score on an error by shortstop Amadeo Zazueta for the go-ahead run. Eric Patterson reached on the error, and promptly stole both second and third base before scoring on a sac fly to deep left by Johan Limonta for what would prove to be an important insurance run.
The Blue Crabs put up a fight in the ninth as Ziegler led off with a double to left and eventually scored on a groundout by Jared McDonald. John Bowden kept the game alive with a two-out single to center and Jermaine Mitchell drew a walk to push the tying run into scoring position, but closer Rommie Lewis hung in to record his third save, retiring Brian Barton on a fielder's choice to end it.
Mark Hendrickson (1-0) picked up the win in relief, retiring all four batters after allowing Opitz' triple. Stephen Penney also helped the cause with a perfect eighth inning in relief.
The Revs stranded a season-high 13 runners, but pounded out nine hits and drew seven walks, making it difficult on Blue Crab pitchers all night.
York's Chris Cody (0-1, 9.81) gets the ball on Saturday night, facing Southern Maryland's Gaby Hernandez (0-0, 8.10). The night features pregame and in-game performances by Xpogo, and concludes with Postgame Fireworks presented by the Pennsylvania Lottery.