The recent trend of strong pitching and just enough hitting continued Wednesday night for the York Revolution in a 3-1 win at Sugar Land in the third game of the four-game series.
The Revs managed to collect only six hits, scoring in the second inning on a Sean Smith RBI single, in the fourth on a Travis Garcia RBI double and in the sixth when Chad Tracy crossed the plate on a fielder's choice double play.
York is now 4-2 in the last six games despite totaling 16 combined runs during the stretch, an average of 2.7 runs a clip. The Revs (14-11) also improved to 6-3 on the current 10-game road trip.
Right-hander Jorge Martinez got the start for the Revs in Wednesday's win. The Cuban defector is in his first year of playing pro ball in the United States and is now York's fifth starter, filling the void left by Dillsburg's Anthony Lerew, who got picked up by the Los Angeles Angels on a minor league deal Tuesday.
Martinez (1-0) entered Wednesday's game with a 7.10 ERA after having made two spot starts earlier this season. He proceeded to hold the Skeeters (11-14) to a run on seven hits in 4.2 innings of work, striking out five with no walks to pick up his first win of the year in what was easily his best performance in six appearances for the Revs.
Revs starting pitchers have won seven of their last nine decisions and in the last 15 games have posted a 2.65 ERA (24 earned runs allowed in 81.2 innings).
Relievers Edward Paredes, Beau Vaughan, Mark Hendrickson, Julio DePaula and Rommie Lewis combined to hold Sugar Land scoreless over the final 4.1 innings, with Lewis picking up his eighth save of the season. Lewis has earned a save in his last six appearances and currently ranks second in the Atlantic League in saves behind Long Island's Leo Rosales (nine saves). The Revs' bullpen has totaled 12.1 scoreless innings over the last five games, allowing six hits.
York outfielder Johan Limonta went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.
Next game: Revs' veteran right-hander Corey Thurman (0-1, 5.50 ERA) will take the mound in Thursday's series finale against Sugar Land right-hander and former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady (0-1, 10.80 ERA). In his first professional baseball season, McGrady will be making his second start of the year for the Skeeters.