At this point in the season, nothing is coming easily for the York Revolution — win or lose.
That was certainly the case on Tuesday, when, for the second straight night, York and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs needed extra innings to decide the game's final outcome. However, unlike Monday night, this time the Revs came out on the winning end. Wilson Valdez belted an RBI single in the top of the 11th to score Jose Constanza to give York a 5-4 lead. Then, Ron Schreurs came in to close the game out in the bottom half of the inning and, despite making things interesting, stranded the bases loaded, giving the Revs the 5-4 victory at Regency Furniture Stadium.
Tuesday's game was the 12th extra-innings contest of the season, a new York franchise record.
The Revs (21-17) opened the game's scoring, a change of pace from recent games when they conceded the first runs of the game. Eric Patterson and Andres Perez each recorded RBI singles in the opening inning, quickly staking York and starting pitcher Frank Gailey to an early 2-0 lead. Gailey would give the runs back, with the Blue Crabs (14-24) scoring single runs in both the second and third innings to bring the game level at 2-2. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, Zach Wilson gave Southern Maryland a 3-2 lead with an RBI single.
The Revs would tie the game on a passed ball in the sixth and then regain the lead in the seventh, with both runs being scored by Constanza, to give York a 4-3 lead after the top of the seventh. The Revs were three outs away from winning the game in nine innings, but closer Josh Judy allowed the tying run to score on a one-out Jovan Rosa double in the bottom of the ninth, tying the game at 4-4.
Offensively for York, most of its damage came from the top three hitters in the order — Constanza, Valdez and Patterson. The trio combined to go 11-for-18, with two RBIs and all five runs scored. The three had 11 of the team's 15 hits, with Constanza and Patterson each recording four, while Valdez had three. Constanza also scored three of the team's five runs.
On the mound, Gailey tossed six innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on six hits, with two walks and six strikeouts. Luis Perdomo and Tony Pena each tossed scoreless innings in relief of Gailey, before Judy blew the save in the ninth, allowing the tying run to score on three hits. Edward Paredes picked up the win with a scoreless 10th and Schreurs notched his first save.
With the victory, the Revs moved to within three games of the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League Freedom Division standings after Lancaster was thumped by the Camden Riversharks on Tuesday, 11-0.
The third game of the four-game series is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Regency Furniture Stadium.