The Sugar Land Skeeters ended the York Revolution's modest two-game winning streak on Tuesday, evening their four-game series with a 9-5 win at Santander Stadium.
The Skeeters came out swinging against Revs' starter Anthony Lerew, with Delwyn Young homering off the Cannonball Corner sign in right in the first, providing a nice present to himself and his team on his 33rd birthday.
The Revs quickly countered though, with Eric Patterson slamming a triple to deep center and scoring on a Yeicok Calderon single to right to tie the game at one heading into the second inning.
Lerew, a Northern York High School graduate, quickly found trouble again in the second, with the Skeeters racking up five consecutive hits and driving in another three runs in the inning. Ryan Adams and Amadeo Zazueta drove in runs, with another run scoring on an error in center field by Sean Smith, who had trouble coming up with a single hit his way.
Coming out for the third, Lerew was faced with another challenging inning, with former Rev Johan Limonta singling home a run and the Skeeters adding another on a fielder's choice. That chased Lerew (3-5), who left with an unflattering stat line of 2.1 innings pitched, six earned runs and 10 hits allowed.
Delwyn Young added another home run to his birthday count in the fourth, smashing a two-run dinger off of Revs' reliever Edward Paredes, staking the Skeeters to an 8-1 lead. The switch hitter went deep from both sides of the plate in the game.
The Revs threatened in the fifth, putting men on base and getting a run on a Brandon Boggs sacrifice fly, but the potential for a bigger inning was denied when Telvin Nash hit into a fielder's choice to end the frame.
Patterson was able to get another run back for the Revs in the sixth on a groundout to second, but the Revs still found themselves in an 8-3 hole.
A home run by Chris Wallace in the seventh off of Beau Vaughan extended the Skeeters' lead to 9-3, but the Revs would quickly strike back on solo shots by Calderon and Nash, his first in a Revolution uniform.
That would be all the offense on the night for the Revs though. The Skeeters' bullpen was able to hold the Revs scoreless in the final two innings to secure the victory.
The Revs look to start another streak on Wednesday, when righty Matt Neil (2-5, 4.85) takes on Shane Loux (3-3, 3.17) at Santander Stadium.
Notes: Lerew allowed more than three earned runs for just the second time in 13 starts. Entering Tuesday's game, he had allowed only two earned runs in each of his previous five starts. ... Calderon's home run bounced off the Revs' clubhouse in deep right field, giving him a long ball in back-to-back games. It marked his fifth straight plate appearance reaching base, having previously singled home a run and walked twice on the evening. ... The Revs fell to 3-7 when scoring four or more runs since June 6 and 17-16 overall for the season. ... The home run allowed by Paredes ended a 12.2-inning scoreless streak for the reliever, the longest streak by a Revs' bullpen arm this season. ... Patterson's triple was the 26th of his Revs' career, adding to his franchise record. He is one shy of moving into the Atlantic League's top 10 all-time in that category.