York's pitchers, led by Austin Steinfort, come up big for first-place Revolution
Austin Steinfort and five relievers combined on a six-hitter on Sunday to lead the first-place York Revolution to yet another victory over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, 5-1.
Steinfort went five shutout innings, allowing three hits, to get the win, improving to 3-1 and lowering his ERA to 2.53.
York finished at 16-4 against the Crabs this season. That ties York's best-ever single-season mark against an Atlantic League foe, matching the Revs' 16-4 record against Lancaster in 2010.
The Revs' record vs. Southern Maryland is a big reason the team leads the Freedom Division second-half playoff race with a 34-22 record. York has a four-game lead over Sugar Land (30-26) with 14 games left in the regular season.
Sugar Land blew a 4-1 ninth-inning lead on Sunday in an 8-4 defeat against Long Island.
The Revs' magic number for winning the division stands at 10 games. The Revs' four-game lead is the team's season high.
Sunday's game was played in front of an announced crowd of 2,169 fans at PeoplesBank Park.
York's Telvin Nash slugged his league-leading 37th homer for York and also walked twice. He also leads the league with 92 RBIs and 93 walks, while hitting .295. Nash's homer increases the Revs’ season total to a league-leading 150, just two shy of matching a club record (152 set in 2012).
Zach Sullivan added three hits for York, including a triple and a double, while scoring once and driving in one. Ryan Dent chipped in two hits, including a double, with a run scored for the Revs.
York now embarks on a crucial seven-game road trip, with four games vs. the Long Island Ducks before three games vs. the Lancaster Barnstormers. The Revs' next game is 6:35 p.m. Monday at Long Island.
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