Following a long day of travel that included a bus trip from York departing at 2:30 a.m. to the Baltimore-Washington International Airport and a three-hour plane ride out west to Texas, the Revolution arrived in Sugar Land on Monday and lost, 5-1, in the series opener against the Skeeters.
All four of Sugar Land's runs came off of Revs' right-hander Mike McClendon, who put up one of the best performances of any starting pitcher for York (12-11) so far this year. The former big leaguer took a perfect game into the fifth inning, sat down the first 14 batters he faced, only threw 70 pitches through the first seven innings and became the first Revs starter this season to go into the eighth inning.
Sugar Land's Rusty Ryal broke up the perfect game in the fifth with a solo homer that tied it, 1-1. The Skeeters (11-12) took the lead the next inning, 3-1, on two hits and a Revs' error by second baseman Ofilio Castro.
McClendon let the first three batters he faced in the eighth inning reach base by giving up a pair of hits and a walk before being pulled for reliever Julio DePaula, who took over with the bases loaded and no outs. DePaula got out of the inning but not before surrendering a bases -loaded walk and RBI groundout.
McClendon (2-2) took the loss, getting credit for all the runs (four earned), allowing six hits with five strikeouts and two walks in seven innings. He tossed 60 of his 86 pitches for strikes. It marks the first time a pair of Revs' starting pitchers have gone seven innings in back-to-back games.
York's offense failed to produce, though, mustering just three hits, matching a single-game season low. The lone run in the third inning was unearned. Eric Patterson's RBI single in the frame plated Wilson Valdez.
Sugar Land starter Michael Nix (2-1), a former Revs' reliever, got the win by holding York to one unearned run on three hits in seven innings pitched, striking out seven and walking two. He threw 61 of his 96 pitches for strikes and improved his ERA to 2.00 in his fifth and longest start of the season.
The Revs dropped to 4-3 on a current 10-game road trip. They still have three left in Sugar Land before returning home Friday to host Lancaster (15-8).
Next game: York will send left-hander Chris Cody (1-1, 6.62 ERA) to the mound Tuesday night against Sugar Land lefty Steve Hammond (1-2, 5.40 ERA).
Transactions: York on Monday put outfielder Steve Bumbry on the disabled list and signed outfielder Stantrel Smith, keeping the active roster at the Atlantic League maximum of 27 players. Bumbry hasn't played since May 7 as he recovers from concussion symptoms. Smith, 30, has spent each of his last six pro seasons playing independent ball.