Revs establish new club record for ejections in 14-5 loss to Southern Maryland
A new club record was established for the York Revolution on Mother's Day evening and it had nothing to do with pitching or batting statistics.
A record four members of the Revs were ejected for arguing various calls throughout the course of the contest, which got away late and turned into a lopsided 14-5 loss to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Santander Stadium.
The game got off to a strong start as York batted around in the second inning, scoring three times for a 3-0 lead. Luis De La Cruz jump started the inning with a double down the left field line and Brandon Jones followed with a single to right, setting the stage for a sac fly to deep center from Andres Perez to plate the first run. Johan Limonta then singled to right and Willie Cabrera was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Mikey Reynolds then picked up an RBI on an infield single, and Wilson Valdez did the same with a groundout.
Revs starter Mike McClendon was sharp early, retiring his first six batters of the game, but Southern Maryland got to the right-hander for four runs in the third, quickly erasing York's lead as the Blue Crabs also batted around.
The game took a nasty turn for the home team in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs, Fred Lewis blooped an RBI single to left to extend the Blue Crabs' lead and Casey Stevenson doubled to right, plating two more and ending the afternoon for McClendon. During the pitching change, fellow starting pitcher Corey Thurman was ejected from the Revs dugout, and shortly thereafter, acting manager and Revs pitching coach Paul Fletcher was quickly ejected by home plate umpire Buzz Albert on his way back from the mound. York third base coach Enohel Polanco would finish the game as acting manager.
Revs manager Mark Mason was already ejected during the previous inning by first base umpire Matt Beaver for arguing a safe call on an attempted double play. It was one of several trips to the field made by Mason to contest rulings during the course of the series.
Jamar Walton greeted reliever Stephen Penney with an RBI single to center, as Southern Maryland posted its second four-run outburst of the game, taking a commanding 8-3 lead.
York inched closer, as De La Cruz launched a home run to left-center in the bottom of the fifth. Then in the sixth, Limonta led off with a double to right-center and Cabrera singled to right, setting the table for Reynolds who drove in a run on a fielder's choice, trimming the deficit to 8-5.
The game got away in the final two innings, however. Leyson Septimo whiffed the first two batters he faced in the eighth, but following a walk to Casey Frawley, was facing Antone DeJesus when De La Cruz was ejected by Albert for arguing a ball call. DeJesus then singled to left, and Renny Osuna connected on a three-run homer to left field to make it 11-5.
The Blue Crabs scored three more in the ninth on a two-run triple to right-center by Stevenson and an RBI bloop single to left-center from Frawley.
Southern Maryland totaled 15 hits including eight extra-base hits. The 14 runs are the most by a Revs opponent on the young season. Stevenson enjoyed the biggest day, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, four RBI, and three runs.
York racked up 12 hits in defeat with Jones going 3-for-4, notching his second three-hit game in the last three contests.
McClendon (0-2) suffered the loss, saddled with eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six. McClendon allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his previous seven starts with the Revs dating to last season.
York lefty Rommie Lewis (2-0, 0.90) faces Blue Crabs' right-hander Shaun Garceau (0-1, 2.70) on Monday night at 6:30 p.m., where the Revs will try to salvage a win in the four-game series. They currently sit three games behind Southern Maryland in the Freedom Division standings.