Revs cruise to pivotal road victory at Southern Maryland
The York Revolution made sure that extra innings weren't necessary on Wednesday night.
After Southern Maryland scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to cut York's lead to 5-2, the Revs exploded for five runs in the top of the eighth, ending any possible Southern Maryland comeback hopes, en route to an 11-2 victory at Regency Furniture Stadium.
The Revs had played consecutive extra-innings games at Southern Maryland on Monday and Tuesday, splitting those contests. York is now 5-2 on its pivotal eight-game road trip.
In total, York (22-17) brought 10 men to the plate in the eighth. The Revs loaded the bases and then went station-to-station, first getting an RBI single from Eric Patterson, followed by a bases-loaded walk by Brandon Boggs. Andres Perez and Yeicok Calderon both drove in runners with RBI singles and then Bryan Pounds drove home the last runner on a sacrifice fly. By the end of the inning, York's lead went from 5-2 to 10-2 and it had a win securely in its back pocket. For good measure, Boggs drove in Luis De La Cruz in the top of the ninth to push the Revs' lead to 11-2.
York got the bats going in the top of the second with two runs on back-to-back RBI singles by De La Cruz and Jose Constanza. The Revs extended their lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth, when Telvin Nash scored an unearned run on a Wilson Valdez fielder's choice. Then, in the top of the fifth, York tacked on two more runs, this time courtesy of a Pounds two-run home run.
The Blue Crabs (14-25) didn't get on the board until the bottom of the seventh, first off a Keith Castillo leadoff home run and then on a Zach Wilson RBI single. After the Wilson single, Revs starter Logan Williamson (7-9) was lifted from the game, pitching 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on seven hits, four walks and five strikeouts. Ty'Relle Harris relieved Williamson, pitching 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing just two walks and striking out three. Beau Vaughan came in for the final inning and canceled out a walk with a strikeout.
Offensively for York, De La Cruz went 4-for-4, Boggs had a three-hit night and both Patterson and Calderon each recorded two hits. In total, the Revs pounded out 16 hits.
The win also keeps York within three games of the first-place Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League Freedom Division.
The Revs will conclude their road trip with the final game of the four-game series against Southern Maryland on Thursday. York will try to make it three out of four in the series, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium.