After spotting Southern Maryland the first seven runs of the game, the York Revolution stormed back, scoring nine unanswered runs, to capture an unlikely 9-7 win over the Blue Crabs on Wednesday night at PeoplesBank Park.
The win was the Revs’ largest comeback in nearly six years and clinches a series win over the Blue Crabs (11-21).
Down 7-0 in the bottom of the third, the Revs (19-14) wrangled a couple one-out walks off Southern Maryland starter Jon Leicester. After a strikeout, Telvin Nash singled to load the bases. That brought up Michael Burgess, who unleashed a liner over the big wall in right for a grand slam to make it 7-4 and swing momentum to York’s side.
Michael Rockett chipped away at the Blue Crab lead in the fifth by poking a solo home run over the Arch Nemesis. His first home run of the year got the Revs within a pair at 7-5.
The Revs swung the score in their favor in the bottom of the sixth. Burgess banged a double off the Nemesis to start the inning and Andres Perez followed with a single to advance him to third. Bryan Pounds laced a double to the right-center gap, scoring both runners to tie the game.
The double chased Leicester from the game, and Josh Wilson welcomed reliever Brian Grening to the game with a single. James Simmons followed with a gapper to right center that two-hopped to the wall, scoring Pounds and Wilson to give York an improbable 9-7 lead.
Micah Owings (2-1) buoyed York’s comeback with 4 2/3 shutout innings in relief of starter Matt Neil. Inheriting a couple runners with one out in the top of the third, Owings induced a double play and proceeded to sit down Blue Crab after Blue Crab. The only hit he gave up was an infield single in the seventh inning that he worked around with ease. He walked one and struck out one on just 45 pitches.
Owings gave way to Julio DePaula for the hold in the eighth and Mike DeMark followed with a scoreless ninth for his league-leading 10th save in 10 tries to send the crowd of 3,338 home happy.
Leicester (2-3) absorbed the loss after allowing eight runs on eight hits in five-plus innings.
Burgess finished 2-for-4 with the grand slam, while Pounds and Simmons each drove in two. Joel Guzman tallied three hits and Rockett and Nash added two of their own.
Bryant Nelson led the way on offense for the Blue Crabs, going 3 for 4 with three RBIs. D’Arby Myers finished a home run shy of the cycle with a single, double, triple and two runs. Eric Garcia also drove in two on two singles.
Notes: The seven-run comeback is the Revs’ largest home turnaround in team history and ties its largest overall, matching a 14-13 win at Long Island on July 15, 2010. ... Burgess has driven in seven runs in his first two home games with the Revs. ... York will turn to James Simmons to try and notch the sweep against Southern Maryland’s Scott Snodgress on Thursday morning.