The York Revolution were one strike away from a third consecutive win, but a two-out error led to three unearned runs in a four-run ninth inning as the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs stole a 7-5 victory at Santander Stadium in front of 5,387 fans on a rainy night in York. The result brings the two clubs back into a second place tie in the Freedom Division, and sets up a rubber match in the series as York's six-game homestand concludes on Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m.
The Revs took a 5-3 lead into the ninth inning, but a pair of walks placed the tying run on base. With two outs, pinch-hitter Jermaine Mitchell drove an opposite field double off the Arch Nemesis in left field to score one run, cutting the lead to 5-4. It appeared the Revs still had the victory locked up when Jared McDonald hit a ground ball to second, but Brandon Chaves fumbled the wet ball as his throw to first base was late, allowing Southern Maryland to tie the game on the error. Amadeo Zazueta followed with a go-ahead RBI single to right field, with a second run scoring on another error on the play.
Jim Ed Warden induced a game-ending 1-6-3 double play to record his fourth save of the season, and the 121st of his Atlantic League career, now one away from tying the league's all-time mark.
The Revs had control of the game throughout the contest. After allowing a first inning run on a single to center by Jose Julio-Ruiz, York answered with three in its half of the first, scoring on RBI singles by Chad Tracy and Johan Limonta, and a groundout from Ofilio Castro to go in front 3-1. Limonta lined a solo homer to right in the bottom of the third, increasing the lead to 4-3.
Southern Maryland closed within 4-3 on a two-run homer to right by Jake Opitz in the top of the fourth, but York starter Chris Cody allowed nothing further, charged with three runs in 5.1 innings as he exited in line for the win.
Tracy nailed an RBI double to left in the fifth inning, adding another run to make it a 5-3 game.
The loss is the first for the Revs when leading after six, seven, or eight innings this season.
Notes: Limonta (2-for-4) is now 9-for-21 on a six-game hitting streak with three doubles, two homers, and nine RBI… both teams turned four double plays… York's four errors were a season-high… all four occurred in the final two innings including three in the ninth inning… York's Anthony Lerew (0-1, 2.57) will face Southern Maryland's Ian Marshall (1-1, 2.40) on Sunday at 5 p.m.