Mark Mason noted after Tuesday's loss that his team had not had batting practice in nearly a week.
He sounded optimistic that his team's offensive fortunes might change if his club could get out on the field before Game 2 of a three-game series against Southern Maryland on Wednesday night.
For eight innings, though, it appeared that the batting practice hadn't made much of a difference. The York Revolution only scored one run on just five hits and trailed by eight runs heading into the ninth.
Then slugger Andy Marte, who was batting .167 in his last eight games, got his first hit Wednesday night with a leadoff solo homer to start the bottom of the ninth. It was just the beginning of a six-run rally that fell just short in a 9-7 loss to Southern Maryland. York outfielder Mark Teahen went down swinging for the final out with two runners on base.
York (31-27) has now lost three straight and four of its last five games and dropped to 15-16 at home, which Mason isn't happy about.
"For our fans we need to play better at home," Mason said. "I think after tonight we might be one game under .500 at home. We're playing better on the road. I can't figure that out. I'll try to get an answer from my team tomorrow as to what's going on at home. We need to play better at home for ourselves, for our fans and for everybody concerned."
The Blue Crabs (30-28) knocked around Revs' starter Chris Cody (7-3), who surrendered seven runs on 11 hits in three innings. He entered the night with a 3.23 ERA on the year and was coming off stellar efforts in his previous three starts.
"He had three good games (coming in)," Mason said. "He said he felt like he was doing the same thing he had been doing (in previous starts). I don't know."
York has now lost two straight series after being unbeaten in the previous six series. The Revs also fell to 12-21 in games decided by two runs or less this season, although it didn't appear the game would be that close early on when Southern Maryland struck for six runs on six hits in a 35-pitch second inning from Cody.
Southern Maryland starter Daryl Thompson (6-4) got the win by holding York to a run on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Jim Ed Warden picked up his 15th save of the year.
The Crabs increased their lead to 51/2 games over Long Island in the first-half Liberty Division race, while the Revs fell 10 games back of Sugar Land in the Freedom Division with 12 games to play in the first half.
Next game: York will try to avoid the series sweep Thursday when lefty Rick Zagone (1-0, 1.23 ERA) takes on Crabs' lefty Michael Ballard (3-3, 3.40).
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.