Game 31: York 7, Southern Maryland 5

On the way to losing 14 of its first 15 games on the road, seemingly every break went against the York Revolution.

But for the first time away from Sovereign Bank Stadium, it seemed the cloud of misfortune that hung over the Revs like a mountain of credit card debt settled over the players in the opposing dugout.

Despite entering the seventh inning trailing, York battled back for a thrilling 7-5 win over Southern Maryland at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Md. The win came thanks to a monster six-run scoring binge in the seventh. The inning was highlighted by an error by third baseman Chris Maples that allowed two runs to score and York to tie the game, 4-4. The road victory was the first for the Revolution since May 10.

After the Maples error, Jason Aspito was intentionally walked and Matt Dryer walked. Matt Padgett (pictured) then came to the plate and delivered a two-run single to break the game open. Padgett’s hit came with two outs and was the hit in the clutch York has been lacking for most of the year.

Corey Thurman started for the Revs and followed his usual pattern for the season. He allowed three runs in the first inning but then settled in and kept the Blue Crabs (16-14) off the board through four more innings. Thurman pitched five and struck out six while allowing three earned.

Aaron Rakers came out of the bullpen and picked up the win with two innings of one-run ball. Jason Olson also added an inning of one-run work and Nick McCurdy was perfect in the ninth for his second save of the season.

Kenny Perez continued to show signs of improvement for the Revs (10-21). He had three hits out of the leadoff spot and scored two runs. Padgett and Sandy Aracena also added two hits each. Jake Daubert went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his first start with the Revs. He played third base with Padgett shifting to left.

Player of the Game: Matt Padgett (York). Although his statistics haven’t been eye-popping quite yet, a case can be made for Padgett as York’s best hitter through 31 games. He walks plenty and while he hasn’t been setting the world on fire, he has done a decent job at the plate while playing out of position in the field. His two-run hit in the seventh was the big blow that kept the Blue Crabs from coming back.

Notes: Matt Esquivel (pictured) started in center and was relieved by Kaz Tanaka. Both men went 0-for-2 but Esquivel had an outfield assist and also made a diving catch that saved a run and put the Revs in position to battle back … Ryan Bicondoa only allowed two earned runs and seven hits in six innings of work but was dealt a no-decision… Jason Blanton was saddled with the loss although all but one run York scored in the seventh was unearned… Chad Ehrnsberger hit a solo homer for the Blue Crabs… York improved to 3-13 when the opposition scores first… Dave Gassner will face John Halama in Wednesday’s game at Regency Furniture Stadium.

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One Response

  1. Great to hear they got some much needed clutch hitting and a come from behind win. Lets hope it carries over into the next few games so that they can get some more wins and build some confidence.

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