The York Revolution saw their six-game winning streak come to an end, dropping the final game of their eight-game homestand, 8-3 against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Thursday night at Santander Stadium. The first place Revs (40-27) head to Lancaster for three games this weekend, holding a magic number of one to eliminate Lancaster and a magic number of two to eliminate Sugar Land and clinch a first half division title.
For the first time on the homestand, the Revs allowed a first inning run as a sacrifice fly from Luke Murton spotted the Blue Crabs an initial 1-0 lead. The Revs had previously outscored the opposition 13-0 in the first inning on the homestand.
York tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Salvador Paniagua in the bottom of the second, plating Johan Limonta who had led off the inning with a double down the first base line.
The Blue Crabs went back ahead on another sac fly, this time by Amadeo Zazueta to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the third.
Blue Crabs starter Gaby Hernandez took advantage of a big turning point in the game in the bottom of the third. After allowing a leadoff triple to Eric Patterson, Hernandez struck out the next three hitters in order, keeping his team in front. The Revs never threatened the rest of the night against Hernandez, who after the triple, retired 14 of his final 15 hitters, facing the minimum over that stretch. Hernandez (3-4) earned the win, allowing one run on five hits in seven innings of work.
Southern Maryland added an unearned run on an error in the fifth, and put the game away with two-run homers from Jermaine Mitchell and Johermyn Chavez in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Mitchell (4-for-5) added an RBI single on a bloop to left in the eighth for their final run.
The Revs loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, giving Justin Greene one last opportunity to extend his hitting streak, which he did with a two-run single to left-center for the game's final runs, prolonging his hitting streak to 15 consecutive games.
Revs starter Logan Williamson (1-2) was solid again, but took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) in 5.1 innings.
The Revs were hurt by leadoff baserunners for the Blue Crabs, who reached base safely in seven of nine innings, scoring five times. The main culprit was ninth place hitter Bobby Stevens who reached base all four times including three times to lead off innings, scoring each of those three times.
Notes: The Revs' streak of consecutive games with a home run was snapped at six; York had hit 16 home runs over those six contests. Patterson tripled twice, becoming the third player in Revs history to hit two triples in a game, joining Kennard Jones (2008) and James Shanks (2010). Along with tying the club's single-game record for triples, he also broke the franchise's career record for triples (now with 15), while tying and breaking the club's single season record for triples, now with a league-leading nine. Scott Grimes previously held both the career and season records. Patterson now holds a seven-game hitting streak on which he is batting .483 (14-for-29). Chad Tracy increased his hitting streak to eight consecutive games. Greene's streak of scoring in seven consecutive games was halted. York's Jorge Martinez (4-2, 2.96) will face Lancaster's Dan Osterbrock (5-2, 4.15) on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium.