The ball tapped off the bat of Wilson Batista, just enough to drop into center field, allowing runner James Shanks to cross the plate.

That cut the York Revolution deficit to three runs in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday night.

That wound up being all the offense York could muster. Southern Maryland would answer with a run in the fourth and four in the sixth, leading to a 9-1 victory over the Revs in the series opener at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

In some ways, the game was a microcosm of York's season -- one step forward and two steps back.

Revs' manager Mark Mason also used that popular phrase in describing his roster. York officially added former big leaguer Mark Teahen on Tuesday, while also announcing the retirement of outfielder Jeff Fiorentino.

The last remaining part of York's original outfield to start the year, Fiorentino is the fourth Revs' player to retire this season. In addition, four other Revs' players were signed by major league organizations this season, and two others left for the Mexican League.

"With all the transactions we've had this year, we've only had two releases," Mason said. "It's been a lot of musical chairs and you're lining guys up to come in to help you. And then you get the guy, and another guy leaves. Obviously we had guys go to Mexico and affiliated (ball) and the injuries. It's been kind of chase your tail for a lot of the first half."

Despite all the fluctuations in the roster, the Revs are somehow five games above .500, falling to 31-26 with Tuesday's loss. It's still one game ahead of last year's pace through 57 games.


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"I think with all we've gone through, being over .500, I'd like to be more games over .500, but I think we've been respectable based on everything we have gone through," Mason said.

The good news for York is that starting pitcher Nick Green, who accepted a deal two weeks ago to play in the Mexican League, is slated to return to pitch for York on Sunday.

The Revs are in need of a fifth starter after Pedro Liriano, who's been filling in for Green, went just two innings Tuesday, tagged for four runs on five hits with three walks. Revs' relievers Yunior Novoa and Kris Regas combined to allow five runs on seven hits in four innings.

The performance snapped a solid string for York pitching, which had posted a 2.56 ERA in the previous five games.

Southern Maryland starter Logan Williamson (2-1) held York to a run on six hits in six innings to improve his ERA to 2.38, which is one of the best in the Atlantic League.

The eight-run loss for York is the club's second-largest margin of defeat this season. The Revs are now eight games back of Sugar Land in the first-half Atlantic League Freedom Division race with 13 games remaining in the half.

Next game: Left-hander Chris Cody (7-2, 3.23 ERA) will take the mound Wednesday night for York against Southern Maryland (29-28). He'll face right-hander Daryl Thompson (5-4, 3.34).

-- Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.