Down to its final out, the York Revolution made a bid at an improbable rally on Monday afternoon, but fell just short to the Camden Riversharks, 5-4, at Campbell's Field.
The Revs finished their road trip at 3-4 after dropping the final three games by a combined four runs. They stand at 12-12 in the Atlantic League second half and will return to Santander Stadium to open an eight-game homestand on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. against Southern Maryland.
The Revs had little trouble piling up hits in Monday's game, but the challenge proved to be effectively piecing those hits together. The Revs were held in check until a pair of Camden miscues kept the door open after 26 outs. An Andres Perez three-run homer made it a one-run game and a Yeicok Calderon double put the tying run in scoring position. Camden closer Matt Gorgen had to be quickly summoned in to duty, and recorded the game-ending strikeout to deny the Revs of a comeback victory.
York scored the game's first run in the top of the second when Salvador Paniagua launched an RBI double deep to the gap in right-center for a 1-0 lead, but the Revs missed a chance at a big inning, leaving the bases loaded.
Camden erupted for all five runs in the bottom of the third, the second time in three games the Riversharks have scored all of their runs in one big inning to account for a one-run victory against the Revs.
The rally started on a bunt single by ninth-place hitter Eric Frain, who took second when pitcher Logan Williamson's rushed throw sailed down the line. Evan Crawford dribbled a seeing-eye single into left to put runners at the corners, and Brandon Chaves nudged a soft grounder to third for an RBI to tie the game. Carlos Guzman followed with a go-ahead RBI single up the middle on a 1-2 pitch to give Camden a 2-1 lead. Williamson rolled another grounder to third off the bat of Ryan Strieby, but again it was hit too softly to turn two, keeping the inning alive for Joel Guzman, who nailed a three-run homer to right-center.
Williamson (5-8) ended up with the loss, but was excellent both before and after the big inning. The lefty gave up just three hits (all singles) after the third and rebounded with a four-pitch inning in the fourth despite a leadoff single by Mike Kerns, who he promptly picked off.
The Revs threatened to answer Camden's outburst in the top of the fourth when James Simmons lined a one-out double to left and Mikey Reynolds singled to left, but with runners at the corners, Sharks starter Steve Garrison rolled a double play to short off the bat of Wilson Valdez to escape trouble. Garrison went just four innings, allowing one run on eight hits in a no-decision.
Camden reliever Daniel Herrera (3-4) earned the win with three scoreless innings.
Righty Michael Click struck out the side around a one-out single by Nick Ferdinand in the eighth, and was one out away from finishing the job in the ninth when his defense betrayed him. Already needing an extra out because of a throwing error by Frain from second base earlier in the inning, Click induced what appeared to be a game-ending pop up off the bat of Telvin Nash, but Chaves badly misplayed the ball from short, missing on a diving attempt as Nash reached on what was ruled an infield single. Perez then connected on a three-run homer down the right field line, making it a one-run game. Calderon followed with a smash past third for a double to put the tying run at second, but Gorgen came on to strike out Ferdinand, earning his third straight save and 20th of the season. Gorgen retired all seven batters faced in his three saves in the series.
York out-hit Camden 14-8 in the loss, posting their highest hit total in defeat since June 6. Calderon led the way, going 3-for-5 and coming within a home run of the cycle.
The Revs suffered from 12 runners left on base, including at least one in every inning. The Revs recorded hits in eight of the nine innings, but seven of their 12 runners left on base were stranded in scoring position, including six of seven over the first four innings. The Revs went 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position on the day but three of those hits failed to produce runs.
Camden won for the fifth time in seven games after dropping their previous eight consecutive contests, including a sweep suffered in York the previous weekend.
Notes: Williamson's pickoff was his team-leading fifth individual pickoff/caught stealing of the season, the third-highest total in a season in club history. Williamson has now erased eight runners on pickoff moves in his York career, tied for fourth-most in team history. ... Beau Vaughan worked a perfect eighth inning, and has allowed just one run on four hits in 13.0 innings over his last 12 appearances. ... Perez's home run was the 44th of his Revs career, one shy of tying Scott Grimes for second-most in team history. It also marked his record 398th hit all-time with York. Perez now has 12 RBIs in his last nine games. The homer off Click was Perez's second in as many series, having taken the reliever deep for a walk-off shot in York on July 24. ... Nine of York's last 10 games have been decided by two runs or fewer. The Revs are now 6-4 during that stretch. ... Valdez went 2-for-5 with a steal, and is now 11-for-25 (.440) with seven stolen bases over his last six games, including multiple hits in five of those six. ... Calderon is now 19-for-53 at the plate, batting .358 over his last 14 games. ... Mikey Reynolds went 1-for-4 with a walk, and is now batting .371 (13-for-35) over his last nine games. ... Simmons (2-for-4) has hit safely in six of his last seven, batting .308 (8-for-26) on that stretch. ... The Revs concluded a stretch during which they have played 14 of their last 17 on the road. ... York fell to 9-5 vs. Camden and finished the season series at Campbell's Field with a 6-5 edge. It marks the 10th meeting in the last 11 between the two teams to be decided by two runs or fewer. ... York righty Matt Neil (2-6, 4.43) will face Southern Maryland righty Brian Grening (3-6, 4.46) in Wednesday's opener.