Revs don't put on good show for Olympian Flickinger
- York starter Tony Pena allowed five home runs in 2 2/3 innings of work.
- Manager Mark Mason and catcher Isaias Tejeda were both ejected by the end of the third inning.
- Gabby Hernandez pitched a complete game for Southern Maryland, striking out eight.
York Revolution manager Mark Mason didn't last through the top of the first inning.
Starting catcher Isaias Tejeda didn't make it out of the top of the third. Neither did starting pitcher Tony Pena.
While Mason and Tejeda were ejected for arguing with home-plate umpire James Clayton, Pena's early exit was because of his performance. He surrendered five home runs in 2 2/3 innings — four in a seven-run third inning — as the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs routed York, 11-1, at PeoplesBank Park.
With Spring Grove-native and Olympic swimmer Hali Flickinger in attendance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs, the Revs (70-56 overall, 30-26 second half) didn't quite put on a good show for her.
The worst of Monday's Labor Day game came in the third inning, when it seemed like everything Pena delivered toward the plate was being hit out of the stadium. Already trailing 3-0 entering the frame, Pena surrendered six hits in the inning, with four leaving the yard. He served up a leadoff homer, a three-run shot, another solo home run and then a two-run bomb that finally got him lifted. In between innings, Tejeda was tossed from the game for arguing with Clayton.
"I think it was a little bit of (not having his stuff and being frustrated)," pitching coach Paul Fletcher said. "The zone got him, he knew he didn't have his best stuff and he was fighting himself already, so those close ones he was wanting and wasn't getting them and it forced him into his zone and without having your best stuff there, he just left a couple balls up and they got to him."
Once Pena gave way to Michael Click, things settled down for York. Click was perfect in the 3 1/3 innings that he pitched, while Jose Arredondo allowed just one unearned run in two innings. The combined effort of those two guys in long relief helped keep the Revs' bullpen intact for the most part for the final three games of the series.
"Click was huge, getting what we got out of Click today," Fletcher said. "Real good outing from him today. I've been waiting to see something like that from him and he put it together tonight. ... Arredondo, I always know he's going to be good for me. But, to give me two innings like that was big because usually he's not a two-inning guy."
Scott Rice also pitched a perfect ninth inning for York, bringing the team's relief-effort total to 6 1/3 innings, two hits and one unearned run.
Josh Wilson provided the only offense of the night for the Revs, hitting a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the sixth to prevent the shutout.
Southern Maryland (53-74, 27-30) opened the game's scoring by plating two guys in the top of the first inning. The Blue Crabs added insurance in the top of the second to make it 3-0 before really breaking it open in the third.
Southern Maryland out-hit York, 11-4, and Blue Crabs' starter Gabby Hernandez pitched a complete game, striking out eight and needing just 87 pitches. The win was his sixth in a row after opening the year 1-8.
The Revs will have a chance to answer right back with Game 2 of the four-game series set for Tuesday night at 6:30 at PeoplesBank Park.
"It's easy (to move on), but it still lingers a little bit," Fletcher said. "That is the good thing, we do have them for three more days."
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org.