Every minor decision that York Revolution manager Mark Mason made on Tuesday night paid off in major ways.
First, it was his call to pinch-hit Telvin Nash for Wilson Valdez in the top of the ninth. Nash responded by lacing a double. Then, Mason pinch-ran Jason Simmons for Nash. His speed paid off when Eric Patterson dropped down a squeeze bunt — Mason's last bold call — scoring Simmons and giving York a 4-3 lead over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Regency Furniture Stadium.
That score would hold up for the final three outs, earning the Revs (10-8) their fourth straight Atlantic League second-half win.
York rallied back from a 3-0, first-inning deficit to remain a game back of the Freedom Division-leading Lancaster Barnstormers.
After starter Frank Gailey allowed three runs in the bottom of the first, the Revs scored single runs in the second, fourth, sixth to tie it up, setting the stage for the dramatic ninth. In the second and the fourth, it was two Bryan Pounds solo home runs that ignited the comeback. A solo homer by Brandon Boggs in the sixth tied the game at 3-3.
After Gailey battled through the rough opening frame, when he allowed a two-run home run to Jovan Rosa, the York pitching staff was in cruise control. Gailey and three relievers combined to hold Southern Maryland (8-10) to only four hits over the final eight frames, allowing the Revs' bats to heat up and work their way back into the contest.
Gailey wound up going seven innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on five hits, with two walks and six strikeouts. Ron Schreurs relieved Gailey in the eighth and wound up picking up the win, tossing a perfect inning, striking out two. Then, with a one-run lead, Luis Perdomo and Ty'Relle Harris combined to pitch the ninth, with Harris recording the final out for his first save.
Pounds was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate.
The second game of the three-game set between the Revs and the Blue Crabs is set for Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium.