The York Revolution bats were nearly silent Wednesday evening.
The Revs were limited to a season-low two hits and suffered a 4-0 loss to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Santander Stadium. Despite the loss, however, the Revs actually moved into sole possession of first place in the second-half Atlantic League Freedom Division standings. That's because Lancaster was swept in a doubleheader by Somerset on Wednesday. York is now 11-9, while Lancaster and Southern Maryland are each 11-10. The Revs and Crabs will meet again the next two nights at 6:30.
The game remained scoreless into the seventh inning before the Blue Crabs took the lead, scoring all four runs in one outburst. Amadeo Zazueta got the ball rolling with a double high off the Arch Nemesis in left field, and James Skelton broke the ice with a ground-rule double to right-center, plating Zazueta with the game's first run. Jermaine Mitchell added an RBI single on a chopper through the right side of the infield and Angel Chavez dealt the biggest blow with a two-run single to right. Mitchell scored on the play, colliding with catcher Salvador Paniagua, who was forced to exit the game.
Southern Maryland starter Mickey Jannis was outstanding in his debut after signing with the team earlier in the day. The right-hander worked seven innings, allowing just two hits while striking out eight.
Jannis (1-0) walked four over the first four innings, but did not allow a hit until Sean Smith doubled over the third-base bag with two outs in the fifth. The Revs' only other hit came on an infield single by Ofilio Castro with two outs in the seventh.
Wade Korpi and fellow newcomer Orlando Santos each worked scoreless innings in relief of Jannis to close it out.
Revs starter Scott Gorgen matched Jannis, rolling up goose eggs through five innings. Gorgen worked five-plus frames, allowing only four hits while walking two and striking out five. He took his third consecutive no-decision, despite owning a 2.70 ERA over his last three starts.
Reliever Beau Vaughan (6-3) suffered the loss, charged with three of the four runs in the seventh after working a scoreless sixth. It ended a personal four-decision winning streak.
Notes: It was the fourth time the Revs have been shut out this season, the third by Southern Maryland. The last time it occurred was June 24 when the Revs were shut out in Southern Maryland for a second consecutive night. The Revs fell to 6-9 against the Blue Crabs on the season. ... Justin Greene lost an eight-game hitting streak, while Eric Patterson had a six-gamer snapped. ... York lefty Alain Quijano (7-6, 3.62) gets the ball on Thursday night, opposing Blue Crabs righty Daryl Thompson (3-3, 5.31).