Just hours before Tuesday night's game, the York Revolution roster underwent some significant changes.
When the game finally got underway, it was those new additions who played key roles in helping York snap its seven-game losing streak. Thanks to a 3-for-8 night at the plate by newly acquired Telvin Nash and Yeicok Calderon, the Revs (19-32) knocked off Freedom Division-leading Southern Maryland, 5-0, at Santander Stadium.
York did all its damage in the first three frames, but that was plenty for starter Matt Neil, who tossed eight-plus innings and held the Blue Crabs' bats at bay.
The Revs, who haven't had trouble scoring early in games, again jumped all over the opposing pitcher. This time it was Brian Baker.
Nick Ferdinand, also a relatively new player for York, got the offense going in the first. After back-to-back, two-out singles by Nash and Bryan Pounds, Ferdinand brought them home with a double to put the Revs up 2-0 after one inning.
Unlike in past games, however, the York bats didn't go quiet after scoring early. In the second, Starlin Rodriguez, playing in just his 10th game for the Revs, launched a two-run home run, scoring Calderon and giving York a 4-0 lead after two. Salvador Paniagua got in on the action in the bottom of the third, driving in Calderon to bring the Revs' lead to 5-0 after three.
Despite being held in check for the rest of the game, it was enough for Neil to finish the job.
He limited the Southern Maryland offense to only four hits through eight innings, but wouldn't have a chance to complete the job after giving up back-to-back singles to open the ninth. Stephen Penney came in to relieve Neil and, despite inheriting two runners with nobody out, didn't let them move, retiring the next three batters to end the game and snap the losing streak.
Neil finished the night by going eight-plus innings, giving up six hits and striking out four. Penney retired the only three batters he faced, striking out two of them.
Seven of the nine starters for York registered at least one hit, with three — Rodriguez, Pounds and Calderon — each picking up two. Rodriguez and Ferdinand each drove in two runs.
Baker took the loss for the Blue Crabs (27-23), giving up five runs, all earned, on 10 hits, a walk and four strikeouts in six innings. Two relievers — Orlando Santos and Cody Eppley — held the Revs hitless over the final two innings.
After starting the night in first place, the loss dropped Southern Maryland into second place in the Freedom Division, a half-game back of Sugar Land. York is nine out with 19 games remaining in the first half of the season.
The two clubs will continue their three-game series on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Santander Stadium.