DeMark blows rare save chance, York loses in 10 innings

  • York blew a 3-1 lead and a 4-3 lead to Southern Maryland.
  • Frank Gailey pitched six innings, earning a no decision.
  • Bryan Pounds drove in two runs to lead York.

Mike DeMark blew a rare save opportunity on Wednesday night and the York Revolution dropped a 5-4 decision to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 10 innings at PeoplesBank Park.

York Revolution third baseman Bryan Pounds will return to York for the third consecutive year. Pounds had a team-high eight game-winning hits in 2016 for the Revs.

York (71-57 overall, 31-27 second half) took a 4-3 lead into the top of the ninth, but DeMark allowed an unearned run to tie the game at 4-4, sending the game into extra innings. In the 10th, Southern Maryland (54-75, 28-31) took the lead off of Revs reliever Ricardo Gomez on a one-out single. That proved to be the game-winning run. York loaded the bases with just one out in the bottom half of the inning, but couldn't manufacture a run to extend the game.

The Blue Crabs opened up a 1-0 lead after the top of the first off of Revs starter Frank Gailey, but York came storming back in the bottom of the second. The Revs scored three times in the inning, with Bryan Pounds, Josh Wilson and Brandon Chaves each driving in runs on three straight at-bats to give the home team a 3-1 lead.

Southern Maryland would tie the game by the end of the top of the fourth, scoring single runs in the third and fourth innings. Pounds then led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run to put York back on top, a lead it held until the ninth inning.

Gailey earned a quality start, pitching six innings of three-run ball, allowing six hits, walking two and striking out three. Jose Arredondo and Nate Reed each pitched scoreless innings in relief of Gailey in the seventh and eighth, respectively, handing the ball over to DeMark for the ninth.

Usually a shutdown closer, DeMark didn't have his best stuff. Going for his league-leading 35th save, he allowed two of the first three hitters to reach base and then allowed the tying run to score on an error.

Eight of nine Revs recorded hits in the contest, with only Michael Burgess failing to get one. Isaias Tejeda and Andres Perez each had two hits.

York and the Crabs will wrap up their four-game series on Thursday, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park.