Brian Burgamy made a lead-saving defensive play in the top of the seventh, and then sparked the York Revolution's biggest offensive inning in three seasons in the bottom of the seventh, helping the Revs blew out the Somerset Patriots 15-8 on Wednesday night at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
The Revs will go for their second three-game winning streak of the homestand when they wrap up the 10-game stay at home at 6:30 Thursday night.
Holding a 5-4 lead, Revs' reliever Julio DePaula found himself in trouble after a pair of seeing-eye singles leading off the seventh. DePaula retired Mike Wilson on a line drive to right for the first out, and received the second greatest defensive play of the night by the Revs to escape the jam. With runners at the corners, Luis Montanez lofted a pop up behind first. Burgamy turned and ran it down with an over-the-shoulder grab, then pivoted and fired a one-hop strike to the plate, nailing Jake Fox attempting to score the tying run, and ending the inning.
The only better defensive play in the game came from right fielder Jeff Fiorentino, who went airborne to make a diving catch in right-center ending the top of the fifth.
Burgamy then ripped the first of three consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, setting the stage for a nine-run outburst, the Revs' biggest in one inning since scoring nine against the Lancaster Barnstormers on Sept. 11, 2010. The nine-run inning tied the second biggest in club history.
Fiorentino came up with the first run-producing hit, nailing a two-run double to deep right-center, giving the Revs some breathing room with a 7-4 lead. Salvador Paniagua later stroked a two-run double down the right field line, increasing the lead to 9-4. Another run scored on a two-out throwing error, before Burgamy laced his second hit of the inning, an RBI single, to make it 11-4. Andy Marte put an exclamation point on the outburst with a towering three-run homer to left, his third of the year. Ruddy Yan plated one more run for the Revs in the eighth on a sacrifice fly, picking up an RBI in his Revs debut. It capped the biggest run-scoring performance for the Revs on the season, who have now scored double digits in six of their first 20 games.
York took an early lead when Andy Gonzalez singled up the middle, driving in the game's first run in the bottom of the first. It extended Gonzalez's hitting streak to nine consecutive games, the team's longest of the season so far, and gave York the first run of the game for the first time in nine games on the current homestand.
Somerset took a brief lead in the top of the third when Fox launched a two-run homer to left-center, his league-best eighth of the season.
York answered right back in the home half of the inning, when Burgamy went opposite field for a two-run homer of his own, reclaiming the lead at 3-2. The Revs tacked on two more in the fifth on a Gonzalez sac fly and a throwing error by pitcher Mitch Atkins (3-1) on a fielder's choice.
The Patriots rallied for two in the sixth, shrinking the lead to 5-4, when James Skelton singled home a run and Stevens drove in another on a fielder's choice. Reliever Joe Torres came on for starter Nick Green (2-0) and stranded two runners, however, preserving the lead. Somerset scored four times in the ninth, but it was too little, too late.
The Revs pounded out 17 hits, one night after setting a season-high with 18 knocks. They also rapped 14 base hits in the series opener, having totaled 49 hits in the first three games. Burgamy was 4-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs and four runs scored. Andres Perez also scored four times, going 3-for-5 with a double. Marte reached base safely all five times, drawing two walks and going 3-for-3 with his three-run homer.
On Thursday, York right-hander Matt Fox (1-0, 0.75) will oppose Somerset's Josh Lowey (1-1, 4.60).
Roster moves: York signed Yan and announced the retirement of relief pitcher Dustin Pease on Wednesday. Yan, 31, has been playing independent ball since 2008. In his only season in the Atlantic League in 2011 with Camden, Yan batted .281 in 99 games. Pease, 27, had a 7.50 ERA in six games for the Revs.
Win a trip to Sugar Land: York announced Wednesday that fans can now enter to win a trip to Sugar Land, Texas, when the Revs travel south to face the Skeeters in a four-game series from June 24-27. To enter the all-expenses-paid trip, fans 18 or older can purchase any Stroehmann or Dutch Country product at Shurfine Markets in York or Adams counties using their Shurfine Gold Card. Fans can also enter the contest by mail. For information, visit www.yorkrevolution.com.