Blown 9th-inning lead keeps York Revolution from 3-0 second-half start in Atlantic League
The York Revolution missed out on an excellent opportunity to get the second half of its Atlantic League season off to a 3-0 start on Sunday afternoon.
The Revs entered the day at 2-0 in the second half and took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth vs. the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in Waldorf, Maryland.
The Crabs, however, got a homer from Austin Green off York reliever Grant Sides to pull within 3-2. Sides then hit a batter, walked a batter and gave up two wild pitches to plate the tying run.
Southern Maryland scored the winning run in the bottom of the 11th on two walks, a wild pitch and an RBI walk-off single by Frank Martinez.
York wasted a fine outing by starting pitcher Dominic Severino, who didn't allow an earned run over seven innings. He struck out five without a walk to lower his ERA to 4.38.
Melky Mesa paced the Revs' offense with two hits (including a two-run homer), two runs scored and three RBIs. Alexi Casilla and Welington Dotel also had two hits each for York.
For the year, Mesa is hitting .344, Dotel is hitting .319 and Casilla is hitting .316.
Because of the Atlantic League All-Star break, York will not play again until 6:30 p.m. Friday, when it begins a three-game home series at PeoplesBank Park.
The league all-star game is set for Wednesday evening in Long Island.