The Revolution will return to York for Friday night's 2017 home opener with some much-needed confidence.
After winning its season opener, York dropped four consecutive games heading into Thursday's series finale against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The Revs snapped that streak in a big way, scoring seven times in the top of the fourth en route to a comfortable 11-2 win at Regency Furniture Stadium.
York (2-4) entered the fourth inning already with a 2-0 lead, courtesy of an Angel Franco two-run homer in the second inning, but added to it in a big way thanks to some poor defense by Southern Maryland (4-3). The Crabs committed three errors in the inning, resulting in all seven runs in the frame being unearned. However, it wasn't just poor defense that helped the Revs. The big blow in the barrage at the plate came courtesy of Joel Guzman, who launched a grand slam to really break open the contest.
York continued to push the runs across the plate in the next inning, scoring twice more to extend its advantage to 11-0. Southern Maryland tacked on a pair of runs at the end of the game, scoring once each in the eighth and ninth innings for consolation.
While the Revs' bats stole the show, on most other nights starting pitcher Frank Gailey's performance on the hill would've been the big story. Gailey pitched six shutout innings, allowing two hits, while striking out five. Gailey gave way to Hawtin Buchanan in the seventh, who pitched a clean frame, while Jarret Martin and Brad Allen each gave up a run in an inning of work in the eighth and ninth, respectively.
At the plate, aside from Guzman's four-RBI, two-hit night, two other York players — Alonzo Harris and Isaias Tejeda — each collected two hits, while Harris also drove in three runs.
Thursday's game concluded a six-game road trip to open the Atlantic League season for the Revs. They'll now come home for the first time Friday. York's home opener against the Somerset Patriots is set for a 6:35 p.m. start at PeoplesBank Park.