Revs hammer Blue Crabs to win road series, head home tied for first place

  • York moved into a tie for first place in the Freedom Division with an 8-2 win over Southern Maryland.
  • Dayron Varona drove in five runs and was one of four Revs' players to record three hits in the game.
  • Jay Gause spun seven innings of two-run ball, allowing three hits and striking out seven.

When the York Revolution return home on Thursday, the team will do so in a tie for first place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division.

York Revolution left fielder Dayron Varona chases down a Sugar Land fly ball, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Varona drove in five runs to lead York to an 8-2 win over Southern Maryland on Wednesday night. John A. Pavoncello photo

York moved into that spot thanks to an 8-2 win on Wednesday night over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Regency Furniture Stadium.

The win also gave the Revs (7-6) a win in the three-game series over Southern Maryland (6-6).

The York offense came to life in the finale, pounding out 17 hits in the contest, leading to three innings of crooked numbers.

The first came in the top of the second after the Blue Crabs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. The Revs scored three runs in the second to pull ahead, 3-1. Dayron Varona put York ahead with a two-run single and was later brought home on a fielder's choice.

The Revs' offense kept coming in the third, putting up two more runs. A sacrifice fly by Carlos Triunfel and another RBI single for Varona made it 5-1, which would be plenty of offensive support for starting pitcher Jay Gause.

Gause would surrender a second run in the bottom of the fourth, but that was all the Blue Crabs could manage in the game.

The Revs immediately responded in the top of the fifth, when Varona drove in his fourth run of the night, this time on a triple, making it 6-2.

The last of the offense came in the seventh, when Jared Mitchell doubled home Luis Cruz and then Varona drove in his fifth run of the game with a sac fly to make it 8-2.

To go with the five RBIs, Varona was one of four York players to record three hits, along with Isaias Tejeda, Cruz and Mitchell.

Gause continued his dominance in the Atlantic League with seven innings of two-run ball, allowing three hits, a walk and striking out seven. His record improves to 4-1 on the year and his ERA sits at 2.35.

The Revs will now begin a four-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters on Thursday, with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park.