Revs win pitchers' duel in speedy 1-0 game at Santander Stadium
On paper, Monday's match-up between Logan Williamson of the York Revolution and Roy Merritt of the Sugar Land Skeeters had the makings of a pitchers' duel.
The 3,406 fans who filed into Santander Stadium got just that, but in the end, it was Williamson and the Revs who did just enough to walk away with a 1-0 victory.
The offensive difference maker in the game was the Revs' Yeicok Calderon. It was his seventh-inning solo home run that provided the game's only offense. That proved enough for Williamson and then Josh Judy to earn York (23-41) its second straight win.
Only once in the game did York have at least two batters reach base in an inning, and that was in the seventh, after Calderon's home run, when Brandon Boggs followed with a double. But, the Revs never had more than one runner on base at a time in the game, only managing four hits. The first four hitters in York's lineup went 0-for-13.
Judy came in to earn his ninth save of the season, working around a leadoff single and then striking out the last two hitters he faced to close out the win.
Williamson's line included eight innings pitched, six hits, two walks and three strikeouts. The win improved his record to 3-4 and lowered his ERA to 2.65.
As for Merritt (2-2), he wound up throwing a complete game, allowing the one run on four hits, with no walks while striking out seven. He needed just 90 pitches and his ERA actually jumped up from 1.00 entering the game to 1.02 with the defeat.
Sugar Land (33-32) remains four games back of Southern Maryland in the Atlantic League Freedom Division. With only five games remaining in the first half, one more loss by the Skeeters would give the Blue Crabs at least a share of the first-half division title and an automatic playoff berth.
The game lasted only 2 hours and 4 minutes, tying for the fastest nine-inning game in Santander Stadium history (June 7, 2015, vs. Lancaster) and was only two minutes off the pace of the fastest game in Revs' history (June 17, 2014, at Bridgeport).
York will look to win three consecutive games for the first time since winning four in a row from May 28-31 when it plays the second game of the four-game series against Sugar Land on Tuesday night. First pitch for that game is set for 6:30 p.m. at Santander Stadium.