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Simmons spins gem in York Revolution's blowout victory

STAFF REPORT
  • James Simmons pitched seven scoreless innings in York's 11-0 win.
  • Isaias Tejeda went 4 for 5 at the plate, raising his average to .368 on the year.
  • Brandon Chaves and Bryan Pounds combined to drive in seven of the team's 11 runs.

One run would’ve been plenty for James Simmons on Thursday night.

York's James Simmons couldn't get out of the fifth inning of Tuesday night's Game 1 of the Atlantic League Freedom Division Championship Series against Sugar Land. The Revs dropped the game, 7-5, and trail the best-of-five series, 1-0.

But, for good measure, the York Revolution got him 11.

York pounded the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, 11-0, at PeoplesBank Park, securing a split in the four-game series.

The Revs (72-57 overall, 32-27 second half) scored in five of the first six innings to make sure Southern Maryland (54-76, 28-32) never had a chance to work its way back into the game.

After scoring single runs in each of the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead, York erupted for six runs in the bottom of the third to turn the game into a blowout. All six of those runs came with two outs in the frame, starting with an RBI single by Isaias Tejeda to make it 3-0. That was followed by a two-run double by Bryan Pounds to push the lead to 5-0. After Josh Wilson walked as the next batter, the Blue Crabs pulled starter Tim Sexton and had to go to their bullpen. That didn’t work, as Brandon Chaves hit a bases-clearing double to open up the 8-0 advantage.

After finally being held scoreless in the fourth, the Revs plated two more runs in the fifth, with Chaves driving in his fourth run of the game, followed by a fielder’s choice by Travis Witherspoon to make it 10-0. One more run in the bottom of the sixth completed the scoring for York. The only thing left was for the pitching to complete the shutout.

Simmons went seven innings, surrendering just three hits, walking one and striking out nine. Julio DePaula and Scott Rice finished off the blanking of Southern Maryland by each pitching scoreless innings in relief of Simmons, allowing one hit.

Chaves led the Revs with four RBIs, while Pounds added three. Tejeda had a 4-for-5 night at the plate, lifting his average to .368, and Pounds went 3 for 3.

York will now head to Long Island to face the Ducks in a three-game weekend set, beginning Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark.