Game 32: Southern Maryland 4, York 0

Editor’s Note: York acquired outfielder/first baseman Chris Ashby Wednesday. Read about Ashby here.

John Halama had never beaten the York Revolution in four career starts entering Wednesday night.

He made up for all of that history in just one outing.

Halama tossed a masterful 4-0 complete game shutout against the Revolution at Regency Furniture Stadium and struck out nine Revs’ hitters along the way. The former Baltimore Oriole extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 17 in the start and he improved to 4-0 on the Atlantic League season. Halama’s ERA also dropped to a minuscule 1.81.

Southern Maryland scored a run in the first after loading the bases with no outs against York’s Dave Gassner. After Gassner got a strikeout, Eric Crozier slammed an RBI fielder’s choice to shortstop that plated George Sandel. After Gassner set down nine in a row after that, Adam Shorsher (fourth) and Curtis Pride (fifth) added RBI singles to make the score 3-0. Kyle Nichols added an insurance run with an RBI single in the eighth.

Gassner (1-3) gave the Revs a quality start for the fourth time in six outings. His ERA this year is 3.46 and York is averaging four runs a game in his starts. But the scoring never seems to come when Gassner needs it most. He pitched seven and allowed three earned Wednesday.

York (10-22) has been outscored 8-0 in the first inning through the first three games of the series with Southern Maryland. On a related noted, York dropped to 3-14 this year when the opponent scores first. Southern Maryland improved to 16-14 and is only two games out of first in the Liberty Division.

Player of the Game: John Halama (Long Island). It’s important to note that Long Island gave away Halama in this year’s expansion draft. That move looks horrendous right now as Halama has been one of the most dominating starters in the league. He had a 6.14 ERA with the Baltimore Orioles in 2006, but this start makes you wonder what the veteran lefty could do with another shot in affiliated ball.

Notes: The newly acquired Chris Ashby went 0-for-4 in his first start for the Revs… York only had six hits in the game. Two of them came from Sandy Aracena… Dan Foli allowed a run in his second relief apperance with the Revs. He pitched the eighth… Aaron Myette (1-2, 7.56 ERA) will make his first start Thursday since missing two turns in the rotation. He’ll face former Revolution reliever Jeff Farnsworth (1-0, 5.55 ERA).

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