York Revolution's magic number down to two after win vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
- The York Revolution ran its winning streak up to five games with a 3-2 win over Southern Maryland.
- York's lead in the Freedom Division grew to three games, while its magic number fell to two.
- The Revs can clinch the second half Freedom Division title with a win Thursday, paired with a Lancaster loss.
The York Revolution can all but taste the postseason at this point.
With its recent stretch of strong play, a playoff berth seems like a near certainty. On Wednesday, Sept. 13, York continued to roll, downing the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, 3-2, at PeoplesBank Park, extending its winning streak to five games.
With the win, the Revs (38-28) reduced their magic number to two, while their lead in the Atlantic League Freedom Division is at three games with four to play. The second-place Lancaster Barnstormers fell to the Long Island Ducks in 10 innings on Wednesday, 9-4.
Like so many times lately, York opened the game's scoring early, with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Telvin Nash led off the frame with a solo homer and the lead was increased with an unearned run when Ryan Dent singled home Travis Witherspoon to make it 2-0.
The Crabs (28-38) responded by cutting their deficit in half in the top of the third with a leadoff home run by Luis Alen to make it 2-1. Southern Maryland then tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the top of the sixth.
The Revs, however, instantly regained their advantage, with Rubi Silva tripling with one out and then later scoring on a two-out single by Witherspoon, which proved to be the winning run.
After that, Grant Sides entered in the seventh to hold the lead and then Beau Allen kept the lead intact in the eighth with a scoreless frame. To put the bow on the victory, Ricardo Gomez struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save.
Jacob Ezell started the game for York, pitching five innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits, a walk and striking out four. He took a no-decision.
The Revs will look to complete the three-game sweep vs. Southern Maryland on Thursday night, Sept. 14, with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park. With a win and Lancaster loss on Thursday, York can clinch the second-half Freedom Division title.