Game 75: Southern Maryland 6, York 5

Editor’s Note: A recap of York’s 3-2 loss to Southern Maryland in Game 74 is at the bottom of this post.

Defense has continually been a problem for the York Revolution this season.

And Saturday night, shoddy play in the field cost the Revs their second one-run defeat in as many days.

York went into the bottom of the 10th inning holding a 5-3 lead against Southern Maryland, but after a Clint Johnston double and a Jeremy Owens single, third baseman Shea Hillenbrand (pictured) threw what would have been a crucial double play ball into right field for an error. The play allowed the Blue Crabs to score the tying runs and they went on to a 6-5 win in the 11th on James Shanks’ game-winning RBI single.

Mark Rosen (0-2) was tagged with the loss and the late-inning meltdown ruined a solid outing from Wayne Franklin (5 1/3 innings, one earned run, six strikeouts). Keith Ramsey was also excellent for Southern Maryland in his start. He went six innings and only allowed one earned run.

In the 10th, after the botched double play, Chris Maples lined a single into the outfield to plate the tying runs, but the Revs’ Jason Aspito made things interesting. After an intentional walk to Adam Shorsher, George Sandel lined a hit into right field that appeared to be good enough for the game-tying sacrifice fly. But Aspito gunned down Shanks at the plate to end the threat and give York another chance to pull out the game.

The Revs got on the board in the fourth on an RBI single from Hillenbrand and then didn’t score again until the eighth as Southern Maryland claimed a 3-1 lead. But Kennard Jones led off the eighth with a single, Jose Enrique Cruz walked and then Chris Ashby sacrificed both into scoring position with a bunt. That led to Sandy Aracena’s RBI single and a pinch-hit RBI single from Jason Aspito that tied the game, 3-3.

Aspito also knocked in the go-ahead run in the 10th on an RBI single and a bases loaded walk with Luis Taveras at the plate gave York the 5-3 lead. But the Revs couldn’t hold it, losing for the fourth time in five tries in extra innings this year.

Player of the Game: James Shanks (Southern Maryland). Other Blue Crabs came up with big hits, but Shanks plated the winning run and also finished with four RBIs. He sent the Revs to their third straight loss after they won the first two games of the second half in Camden.

Notes: Revolution manager Chris Hoiles lost his DH in this game with all the late-inning maneuvering. Nick McCurdy was forced to hit and actually managed an infield single in the 10th as part of York’s rally that led to the brief 5-3 advantage. … The game lasted 4 hours and 21 minutes. It was the second longest game of the season. … Hillenbrand went 3-for-4 with an RBI. … York will try to avoid the sweep on Sunday with Corey Thurman on the hill.

Game 74: Southern Maryland 3, York 2

The Revolution offense couldn’t muster much against knuckleballer Joe Gannon and Brandon Ketron drove in the eventual game-winning run on a squeeze play to help Southern Maryland claim a 3-2 win.

Frank Castillo was solid through four innings but once again had trouble finishing the fifth. He only lasted 4 1/3 innings and surrendered one earned run while striking out six. Meanwhile, Gannon picked up his sixth win of the year with seven innings of tremendous ball. He didn’t allow an earned run (two runs scored via an error) while fanning three.

York had the chance to tie the game in the ninth against closer Derrick DePriest. Shea Hillenbrand reached on an error and Matt Padett singled, but DePriest came back with two strikeouts to clamp down the save.

The Revs only mustered four hits in the game — two off the bat of Padgett — and Matt Trent (0-5) picked up the loss by allowing two earned runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

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4 Responses

  1. This game was a heartbreaker. Darrell Henry’s call of Aspito nailing the runner at the plate was terrific, I couldn’t have been any more excited sitting in front of the computer. I’d love to see some video of the throw, because from everything that Henry said, the runner really should have scored on that play.

    I thought, for sure, at that point that the game was going to go to the Revs.

    Oh, well. Big Thurm will get the Revs back on track today.

  2. That throw was awesome! I actually wish I had headphones to listen to Darrell! It was definitely the most interesting game I’ve ever seen…with all the changes that were happening late in the game!

  3. I have to agree that the throw Aspito made to get Shanks out was one of the most incredible plays I’ve ever seen. Even the So. Md fans were saying that he has a major league arm.
    The changes were definitely interesting. Watching McCurdy slide (if you can call it that) into first base was hilarious. He did great job on that single.

    On another note I just want to thank the Blue Crab fans. I don’t know if any of them read this but they were all extremely nice and made my family & I feel right at home for all 3 games. Even though York didn’t win we had a great time and met a lot of awesome people. :)

  4. RevsFan: We do read the blogs… and we appreciate the comments. We enjoy having fans from the other teams to josh and jibe with. But best of all, is just that we all are there for the same thing: to watch some baseball!

    Go Crabs!

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