With just 20 games left in the regular season, the York Revolution's playoff chances are looking promising.
The Revs' second-half Atlantic League Freedom Division record sits at 31-19 heading into Tuesday's action. They hold a three-game lead over first-half champion Sugar Land (28-22).
York starts a crucial three-game series in Sugar Land against the Skeeters that begins on Tuesday night.
Duke von Schamann worked seven standout innings to help York complete a three-game sweep of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, 3-2 on Sunday evening in front of 4,298 fans at Regency Furniture Stadium.
York dropped the opener on Friday in a first-half makeup game, but won all three second-half meetings on the visit and has won five straight second half-games and seven of the last eight overall.
von Schamann allowed one run and seven hits to improve to 8-5. He struck out seven without a walk and lowered his ERA to 3.44. von Schamann did not walk a batter for the 10th time in 18 starts.
Zach Sullivan hit a solo homer for York, while Isaias Tejeda had his 39th double, setting a team single-season record. Tejeda’s double broke the previous franchise record of 38 in one season set by Andres Perez in 2013. Sullivan’s home run was the Revs’ league-leading 144th of the season, matching the 2016 Lancaster Barnstormers for the highest total by any team in the league since 2014.
Jameson McGrane fired a dominant 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 20th save, becoming the fourth in Revs history to total 20 saves or more in a season. McGrane's ERA is now 1.41. All of his saves have come since June 20.
The Revs notched their seventh series sweep of the season and fifth on the road adding to a club record. The previous record for road sweeps in a season was two.
York is now 14-3 against Southern Maryland.
Welington Dotel (2-for-5) extended his hitting streak to 11 consecutive games.
The Revs announced on Sunday that second baseman Angelys Nina will be placed on the disabled list with a season-ending elbow injury, and reliever Julio Perez is slated to go on the reserve/retired list in advance of returning home for personal reasons. Both moves are due to become official prior to Tuesday’s opener at Sugar Land.