The York Revolution reverted to their familiar thrilling script of coming from behind late to win the completion of their suspended game at Southern Maryland, 6-3, but suffered a heartbreaker in 12 innings in the nightcap, falling 5-4 in front of 6,854 fans at Regency Furniture Stadium on Friday night into Saturday morning.
The action began with the completion of a game suspended due to rain from August 20, tied 1-1 at the beginning of the sixth inning.
Southern Maryland took a quick lead on a two-run double to left-center by Jovan Rosa in the bottom of the sixth, going in front 3-1.
Revs starter Matt Neil (3-8), who allowed just one hit and an unearned run through the first five innings, came up big in the bottom of the seventh, striking out Casey Stevenson and Zach Wilson with two runners on to keep it a two-run game.
The Revs rallied for four runs in the top of the eighth, pulling off their 31st comeback win of the season and fifth in their last six victories. Bryan Pounds, not in the initial lineup on August 20 but replacing Jose Constanza who had since been signed by the Tampa Bay Rays, led things off with a single to right-center. After advancing to second base on a ground out, Pounds scored on a bloop single to left by Eric Patterson, bringing the Revs within a run. Brandon Boggs caught a big break when catcher Keith Castillo dropped a foul pop up that would have been the second out, reaching on a walk to end the outing of starter Brian Grening (4-9). Andres Perez greeted reliever Justin Berg with a ground ball single to left, plating Patterson to tie the score at 3-3. With two outs, Telvin Nash slammed a two-run double to deep center, giving the Revs a 5-3 lead. Nash had previously homered to dead center in the second inning when the game began on August 20. The rally marked the fifth time in seven games the Revs had plated the winning run in the eighth inning or later.
York added an insurance run in the ninth when James Simmons escaped a potential pickle, diving under a tag at the plate for a 6-3 lead. Simmons, who reached on an error by Rosa in left field to begin the inning, took third as Patterson legged out a two-out infield single, but was then caught between third and home, straying off the bag during the play. The speedy outfielder made a break for the plate and snuck his hand in, turning it into an extra run for the Revs.
Mike DeMark picked up his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth, following Tony Pena who had worked a perfect eighth in the setup role.
The win marked the first in a suspended game in Revs history. It was just the second regular season suspended game in club history and the first that was not completed the following day.
The Revs got off to a quick start in the nightcap as Wilson Valdez singled up the middle with one out in the first, stole second, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a groundout to short by Andres Perez who picked up his league-leading 80th RBI of the season.
Revs starter Rommie Lewis was sharp early, retiring his first five batters including three on strikeouts. A two-out error kept the second inning alive, however, before Lewis battled the strike zone, seemingly frustrated with several close calls that were ruled out of the zone. A walk to Casey Frawley and an infield hit by Craig Maddox loaded the bases, before Antone DeJesus drew a bases loaded walk to tie the score. Following a mound visit, another close pitch was ruled a ball to begin Fred Lewis' at-bat, and York pitching coach Paul Fletcher was quickly ejected from the dugout by home plate umpire Nate Caldwell after apparently vocalizing frustrations from the York side. Lewis then received another bases loaded walk, with the Blue Crabs taking a 2-1 lead.
Bryant Nelson drove in a run in the third on a broken-bat groundout, giving Southern Maryland a 3-1 advantage.
The Revs would draw even in the fifth as Eric Patterson nailed a two-out RBI double to the left-center gap and scored the tying run on a throwing error by Frawley at shortstop, leveling the score at 3-3.
Neither team would score again until the 12th inning, when Nick Ferdinand crushed a first pitch leadoff home run to left-center, giving the Revs a 4-3 lead. It came one inning after Ferdinand had picked up a big outfield assist from left, throwing out Frawley at second base trying to stretch a single.
The Blue Crabs immediately mounted a threat in their last at-bat, however, as DeJesus singled up the middle and stole second with no outs. York reliever Stephen Penney struck out Lewis and retired Casey Stevenson on a ground out to short with DeJesus advancing to third. But a walk to Zach Wilson put the winning run on base, and Reggie Abercrombie came through with a game-winning two-run double to deep center, denying the Revs of a 10th extra-inning win on the season. The rally ended a seven-appearance scoreless streak for Penney (4-5) who suffered the loss.
Trey Barham (1-2) worked three innings out of Southern Maryland's bullpen to earn the win, despite allowing Ferdinand's home run leading off the 12th.
Notes: The game ended at 12:32 a.m., the fourth-latest in Revs history, lasting three hours and 45 minutes, and including an 18-minute delay for fireworks at the end of the seventh inning. The Revs slip to 23-12 in last at-bat decisions. It was the 16th extra-inning game of the season for the Revs, adding to a club record (previous record was 11 in 2009 and 2013). Ferdinand's home run was his 10th of the season, giving the Revs five players with double figures in home runs, their most since 2013. The second-place Revs slip to 5.5 games behind Lancaster which lowered its magic number to four to clinch the Freedom Division's second half title. York lefty Frank Gailey (4-3, 2.83) will face Southern Maryland righty Daryl Thompson (6-6, 3.70) on Saturday night at 6:35 p.m. Revs fans can catch the action live on SportsRadio 1350, woyk1350.com, and on the WOYK mobile apps beginning at 6:15 p.m. with Darrell Henry on the call.