The York Revolution kicked off a six-game road trip with a 5-0 win over the Bridgeport Bluefish on Tuesday night at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. With the victory, York has won five of its last six games overall, and will face the Bluefish again on Wednesday night.
After allowing a season-high 11 runs in back-to-back games, the performance on the mound in Tuesday's game was a dominant one. Four pitchers combined to retire a team record 19 consecutive batters until an infield single by Fred Lewis with two outs in the ninth.
Starter Jorge Martinez (8-8) earned the win, working the first 5.1 innings. Martinez dodged five Bluefish hits over the first three innings to keep the game scoreless at the time, and had retired nine consecutive batters before exiting the game after Sean Burroughs hit a hard ground ball off his leg for the first out of the sixth inning.
Ian Durham retired all five batters faced as the first reliever into the game. Beau Vaughan struck out the side in the eighth inning, and Mark Hendrickson allowed only an infield single, Bridgeport's first hit since the third inning, in a scoreless ninth.
Offensively, the first 12 Revs batters of the game were retired by Bridgeport starter Matt Iannazzo who was perfect through four innings.
Chad Tracy opened the scoring with a home run to dead center field, leading off the fifth. It was Tracy's 18th home run of the season and league-leading 86th RBI, including his eighth in his last five games played.
Salvador Paniagua clobbered a two-run double off the center field wall as part of a three-run fifth inning, giving the Revs a 3-0 lead. It was Paniagua's second run-scoring double to deep center field in as many games since returning from injury.
The Revs tacked on runs in the final two frames. Sean Smith (2-for-3) led off the eighth with a single, picked up his 35th stolen base of the season, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a single to left-center by Wilson Valdez. Omar Luna (2-for-4) extended the ninth with a two-out single, and following an error and a walk, scored as league batting average leader Justin Greene extended his hitting streak to eight consecutive games in his final at-bat of the night with an RBI single to right.
Notes: The shutout is the Revs' sixth of the season and fourth on the road. It is their first shutout since a 12-0 win over Camden on July 23, and their first on the road since a 2-0 victory in the first half division clincher on July 5 in Lancaster. ... Bridgeport has lost 14 consecutive games, the league's longest streak this season. ... The Revs tied a season high at 19 games over .500 for the third time. ... Martinez has won his last two starts, allowing just one run over 11.1 innings. The right-hander improved to 3-0 against the Bluefish this season, having allowed just four runs in 24.2 innings (1.46 ERA) in the head-to-head series. ... York righty Corey Thurman (7-6, 3.95) makes the start on Wednesday, facing Bridgeport's Kyle McMillen (0-6, 7.87).