The York Revolution's magic number is down to four.
Entering Tuesday night, Sept. 12, with a two-game lead in the Atlantic League Freedom Division and only six games left in the regular season, York controlled its own destiny. If it continued to win, the playoffs will become a reality.
Well, mission accomplished Tuesday.
The Revs torched the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, 6-1, at PeoplesBank Park. With Lancaster's 3-2 win, York maintained its lead in the standings, but strengthened its position to make the playoffs.
York (37-28) wasted little time jumping on Southern Maryland (28-37). After Jared Mitchell began the scoring with a solo home run in the bottom of the first to give the Revs a 1-0 cushion, they kept at it in the second inning. Ryan Dent doubled home Travis Witherspoon to make it a 2-0 York advantage, before Alonzo Harris continued his tear by doubling the team's lead with a two-run shot to make it 4-0.
With that lead, and the way Revs' starter Frank Gailey was dealing, that was plenty of run support to ensure the win. But, York kept coming, eventually building its lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth on a Luis Cruz RBI single.
Even when Southern Maryland cut into the Revs' advantage in the top half of the seventh to make it 5-1, York immediately responded. Chase Simpson belted a leadoff homer of his own to regain the five-run cushion and cap the game's scoring.
Beau Allen and Chase Huchingson did the rest, with each guy pitching a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, respectively, to close out the victory.
With the win, the Revs have now won four games in a row.
Gailey was lifted from the game after six strong innings, allowing just two hits, while fanning seven. The only Blue Crab run came off of reliever Michael Click in the seventh inning.
For the second consecutive game, York pitchers held the opposition to just four hits, while the offense capitalized on its 10 safeties.
The Revs and Southern Maryland will play the middle game of their three-game series on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park. York will conclude its season this weekend with a three-game set at home vs. Lancaster.