DeSalvo returns to pitch Revs to eighth straight home victory
Former postseason hero Matt DeSalvo gave the Revs five strong innings while the offense enjoyed another prolific night in a 9-5 York Revolution victory over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Friday evening in front of 3,915 fans at Santander Stadium.
The win is the eighth in-a-row at home for the Revs, tying the second longest streak in club history and extending their longest since a record 10-game streak in 2011. The Revs move within two games of first place at 15-12 in the second half and will aim for a four-game sweep of the Blue Crabs on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
DeSalvo joined the Revs in spot-start duty for the second straight season, and made his first appearance at Santander Stadium since closing out the clinching Game 4 of the 2011 Atlantic League Championship Series.
Fred Lewis led off the game with an opposite field home run to left on DeSalvo's second pitch, but the righty was impressive overall, retiring eight straight at one point from the first through the third.
Southern Maryland built a 2-0 lead, scoring on a broken-bat double to left by Gustavo Molina in the top of the fourth.
The Revs landed a haymaker, scoring six times in the bottom of the fourth inning, and never looked back. Remarkably, York's red-hot offense racked up seven hits and sent 10 batters to the plate in a matter of just 19 pitches thrown by Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thompson during the big inning.
Brandon Boggs ignited the outburst by cranking a solo homer to right, pulling into a three-way tie with Andres Perez and Bryan Pounds for the team lead with nine on the year. It was also his fifth round-tripper in nine games.
With two outs in the inning, Yeicok Calderon commenced a string of six consecutive hits, a Revs season-best for one inning, by belting a line drive solo homer to right-center, tying the score at 2-2 on his fifth of the year. Perez then doubled down the left field line and scored as Salvador Paniagua drove an RBI double to the gap in right-center. Mikey Reynolds singled to left to extend the inning, and Jose Constanza cashed in with a two-run triple to left-center, beyond the reach of a diving attempt from center fielder Jamar Walton who exited the game with an apparent injury. Adding insult for the Blue Crabs, Wilson Valdez lined an RBI single to right-center, capping the spurt.
The onslaught continued as Boggs singled up the middle to lead off the home fifth, and Pounds slammed an RBI triple off the LED board in left-center, as the Revs hit for the cycle twice as a team in just over an inning. An out later, Perez singled to center, extending the lead to 8-2. Perez improved to 10-for-11 in the series with his third hit of the night, reaching safely for the eighth consecutive time.
DeSalvo was lifted after allowing back-to-back singles to begin the sixth. Those runs would score on a single by Antone DeJesus and a wild pitch, cutting the York lead to 8-4.
Reliever Ron Schreurs struck out the side to finish the sixth, while Ty'Relle Harris fired a perfect eighth and Stephen Penney worked around a pair of hits for a scoreless eighth.
The Revs plated an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as Constanza led off with a single to left, stole second, moved to third on an infield hit by Valdez and scored on a double play.
Southern Maryland closed the gap in the ninth on an RBI double to left-center by Casey Stevenson, but Josh Judy would strand two others to finish off the 9-5 victory.
DeSalvo (1-0) earned the win, charged with four runs on five hits in five-plus innings. He took a three-hitter into the sixth, and struck out six batters on the night.
Thompson (4-3) suffered the loss for Southern Maryland, roughed up to the tune of eight runs on 13 hits in 4.2 innings. He had entered the game with quality starts in seven of his previous eight outings on the season.
The York offense totaled nine runs for the second straight game, while collecting 17 hits one night after posting a season-high 18 knocks. York's six extra-base hits tied a season-high, while the 29 total bases established a new season-best. The Revs are now batting .395 as a team over their last four games.
Notes: York's seven hits in the fourth inning set a season-high for an inning. The Revs improve to 5-1 against Southern Maryland in the second half. York went 6-for-12 with runners in scoring position; the Revs are batting .382 with runners in scoring position over the last four games and .366 over the last seven games. Constanza's stolen base in the eighth was his eighth in 10 games since signing with York. Boggs (3-for-5) now owns a six-game hitting streak on which he's batting .462 (12-for-26). Perez (3-for-4) is now 15-for-27 (.556) on a seven-game hitting streak, including 10-for-12 in the series vs. Southern Maryland. Pounds' RBI is his 21st in his last 22 games. Reynolds (2-for-4) is now batting .362 (17-for-47) over his last 12 games. Valdez (2-for-5) is now hitting .368 (14-for-38) in his last nine contests. York lefty Frank Gailey (2-3, 1.83) faces Southern Maryland right-hander Brian Baker (5-7, 4.63) in Saturday's contest. It is Jackpot Night and AAA Southern PA Night, featuring Postgame Fireworks presented by AAA Southern PA. Tickets are on sale at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office.