Revs win season finale in front of big crowd, finish second half at 40-29
The York Revolution finished the 2015 season with a second straight victory, defeating the Somerset Patriots 7-3 on Sunday afternoon in front of 6,053 fans at Santander Stadium. The Revs conclude the second half with a 40-29 record, posting the Atlantic League's second-best mark by a team in the second half. The Revs still failed to make the playoffs, however.
The Revs celebrated the United States Champion Red Land Little League team at Sunday's contest, and following pregame festivities including an on-field parade, the Revs took the field for the final time in 2015 and jumped out to a quick start.
Atlantic League RBI champion Andres Perez tacked on one more to his season total, driving in his 92nd run of the year while also claiming the league lead with his 33rd double of the season on a sharp grounder down the third base line in the bottom of the first. It plated Mikey Reynolds who was hit by a pitch and stole second base with one out as the Revs took an early 1-0 lead.
The Revs built the lead to 3-0 an inning later as Salvador Paniagua drilled a two-run homer to left-center, his seventh of the season.
It would remain that way into the sixth inning when the Revs erupted for four runs, ballooning the lead to 7-0. Held to just two hits through the first five innings despite their lead, the Revs rallied for five hits in the sixth, batting around for the 25th time on the season. Brandon Boggs drew his league-leading 72nd walk of the season to ignite things, securing the third-highest walk total in a single season in Revs history. With one out, Boggs stole his 10th base of the season, and came around to score when shortstop Robert Andino committed a throwing error on Bryan Pounds' infield hit up the middle. James Simmons followed with an RBI single to left-center to plate Pounds. After stealing second, Simmons scored on a two-out single to left by Nick Ferdinand, who was promptly driven home by Eric Patterson on a hard double down the right field line.
Revs starter Matt Neil (4-8) breezed through the first six innings, allowing just three hits and walking none while striking out six batters.
Somerset rallied to break up the shut out in the top of the seventh. Matt Fields drew a leadoff walk from Neil and David Vidal followed with a double to right-center to give the Patriots their first two runners in scoring position of the game. Greg Hopkins cashed in on a two-run single up the middle. Nate Spears then doubled to left, forcing the Revs to go to the bullpen. A third run would score on an error when a pop up glanced off Ferdinand's glove in shallow left-center, cutting York's lead to 7-3, but lefty Ron Schreurs followed by notching a big strike out of Ollie Linton for the first out. After a walk to load the bases, Schreurs induced a 5-4-3 double play off the bat of Ricky Claudio, keeping the Patriots at arm's length.
Josh Judy fired a perfect eighth inning, while Stephen Penney capped his professional career with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his club record 220th and final appearance with York.
Will Oliver (6-2) suffered the loss for Somerset, giving up three runs despite just two hits allowed over five innings. The righty had previously been 3-0 against the Revs on the season.
Notes: The Revs welcomed over 6,000 fans through the gates in each of the season's final two contests, marking the second time in club history that more than 6,000 attended consecutive games (also September 19-20, 2008). Perez becomes the second consecutive Revs batter and third in four years to win the league RBI total, finishing nine ahead of Sugar Land's Chris Wallace, his next closest competitor. Perez' 92 RBI finish as the fourth-highest total in a season in Revs history. Perez also becomes the third player in Revs history to claim his team's Triple Crown in batting, joining Nate Espy (2007) and Chris Nowak (2011). Perez finishes the season on an eight-game hitting streak. His 33 doubles are tied for eighth most in a season in club history, while he finishes with the league lead in doubles for the second time in his Revs career (club record 38 in 2013). The Revs went 34-21 from July 24-on. York ties a season-high at 11 games over .500. The Revs stole three bases as a team, finishing the season tied for second in the league with 135 steals as a team. Boggs is the first Revs batter to lead the league in walks since Scott Grimes in 2010. The Revs posted 40 wins in a half for the fifth time in club history and third time in a second half.