Surging Revs crush Blue Crabs to cruise to ninth straight home victory
In a series that had already featured arguably the two best offensive performances of the season by the York Revolution, the Revs saved their best for last, demolishing the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 15-2 on Saturday night in front of 4,962 fans at Santander Stadium.
York has now won nine consecutive home games, one shy of matching a club record. The Revs also complete the four-game sweep of Southern Maryland, improving to 16-12 in the second half, remaining within two games of Lancaster for first place. It sets up a four-game showdown against the Barnstormers in a series that begins on Sunday at 5 p.m. in York.
The Revs treated the big home crowd to their most potent offensive performance of the season, blasting three home runs and pounding out 18 hits to fuel their highest run total in a game since 2013.
Yeicok Calderon enjoyed the biggest night at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two homers, a double, and six RBI. Salvador Paniagua was not far behind in production, going 3-for-5 with a double, homer, and four RBI.
York slipped behind early as Zach Wilson connected on a two-run homer to left-center in the top of the first, but the Blue Crabs would not score again the rest of the night.
The Revs stormed in front with four runs in the bottom of the second. Paniagua lashed a two-run double down the right field line to tie the score at 2-2, and Mikey Reynolds followed with a sac fly to center to give York the lead. Jose Constanza added an RBI single to right-center, putting the Revs on top 4-2.
A two-out rally materialized in the third as Brandon Boggs doubled to left-center, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Andres Perez ripped a 3-0 pitch to right-center for an RBI single, extending his hitting streak to eight. Calderon followed with an RBI double high off the right field fence, as the York right fielder came within just a few feet of having a three-home-run night.
Having already gone yard the night before, Calderon belted his first of two homers in Saturday's game on a two-run shot over the right field picnic tents in the bottom of the fifth, expanding the lead to 8-2.
Paniagua crushed a missile to left-center off the back advertisement panels above the playground, greeting reliever Orlando Santos with a home run to lead off the sixth, making it a 9-2 game.
It would stay that way until the Revs erupted for six runs against Crabs closer Erik Hamren in the eighth. Bryan Pounds drove in the first run with a line drive single to center for his 22nd RBI in 23 games. With two outs, Perez ripped an RBI double to left, completing a 12-for-17 series at the plate that saw his average climb from .254 to .275. Calderon capped his monstrous night with a three-run homer to the porch in right. Telvin Nash, who had already walked three times on the night, assured that every Revs starter collected a hit with a double off the Arch Nemesis in left, and scored on Paniagua's single to left to cap the rally.
York starter Frank Gailey (3-3) earned the win, allowing just two runs on three hits over five innings of work. The lefty allowed just one hit over his final four innings, and came up big to end his outing in the top of the fifth. With just a 6-2 lead for the Revs at the time, the Blue Crabs loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a strike out-passed ball. Gailey fell behind cleanup hitter Jovan Rosa 3-0, but came back to notch the huge strike out, finishing his outing on a high note.
The York bullpen of Tony Pena, Edward Paredes, Luis Perdomo, and Beau Vaughan combined for four shutout innings, allowing just one hit. Paredes struck out the side for the second straight appearance, and has recorded 11 of 16 outs on strikeouts over his last five appearances.
Brian Baker (5-8) suffered the loss, becoming the second straight Blue Crabs starter to allow eight runs to the Revs, doing so over five innings.
Notes: York's 15 runs are the Revs' most in a game since a 15-8 win vs. Somerset on May 8, 2013. York had tied a season-high with nine runs each of the previous two games. The 39 runs are the third-most in a four-game series in team history, and most since 2010. The Revs posted 18 hits for the second time in three games, with the exception being a 17-hit performance in between. The Revs are batting .408 (78-191) as a team over the last five games, including a .438 mark (53-121) over the last three. York's six-run eighth inning marked their second straight game with a six-run frame. The Revs tied a season-high with five doubles, and set season-highs with eight extra-base hits and 32 total bases. The sweep is the second straight at home for the Revs and third overall this season. It is their first four-game sweep since a five-game sweep vs. Lancaster, May 23-26, 2014. The Revs are now 6-1 vs. Southern Maryland in the second half. Calderon's two-homer game is the Revs' third of the year (Eric Patterson May 20 vs. Long Island, Bryan Pounds July 28 at Southern Maryland). Calderon's three extra-base hits are the most by a Revs player this season, as are his 11 total bases. It is his second four-hit game of the year (also July 25 vs. Camden). His six-RBI game is the first by a Revs hitter since Andy Marte on April 21, 2013 vs. Bridgeport. Perez is now 17-for-32, batting .531 on his eight-game hitting streak. Reynolds had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a sac fly and a hit-by-pitch. Paniagua's three-hit game was his third of the year and second consecutive. The Revs have won 10 of their last 14 overall. York lefty Logan Williamson (5-8, 3.34) faces Lancaster southpaw Nate Reed (2-6, 4.75) in Sunday's series opener, which features Pregame Autographs at 4:05 p.m.,