Game 102: York 6, Southern Maryland 5

There have been plenty of historic nights in Sovereign Bank Stadium’s brief history.

None were quite like this.

First, Chris Ashby extended his hitting streak to 28 games — an Atlantic League all-time record — with a first-inning single.

Then York pieced together a furious rally with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against Southern Maryland to cap a 6-5 win Wednesday night before an announced crowd of 3,938. Shea Hillenbrand rifled a game-tying RBI double in the ninth to score pinch runner Kaz Tanaka from first, and then Luis Taveras came through with a seeing-eye RBI single for the walk-off win.

All the theatrics gave York (18-14, 48-54) its franchise-best-tying sixth straight win and helped the Revs maintain a 1½-game lead in the Freedom Division.

And it all happened thanks partially to a small wardrobe change from Taveras, who switched to a pair of red knee-high socks recently.

“A couple weeks ago, I said, ‘Let me do something different because I’m the only guy on the team hitting below .250,’” Taveras (pictured) said with a laugh. “I had to do it. I had all the confidence, and in a close game we have to win it.”

The late-game theatrics surely provided some excitement, but Ashby was the story early on. He smashed a single up the middle in his first at-bat to get the milestone out of the way and received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Ashby, who finished 2-for-4, is now hitting .466 (54-for-116) on his streak, has 16 multi-hit games in that stretch and has climbed into first place in the Atlantic League batting race (.378). Not bad for a 33-year-old who contemplated retirement after last season.

“I’ve been getting a lot of good matchups for me and I’m playing every day, which helps,” said Ashby, whose career-best hitting streak prior to this year was 16 games. “We’ve been lucky with no rainouts or doubleheaders. Those kill streaks. And I’ve had some breaks. It’s the first time I’ve really had a stretch like this.”

York fell behind 3-0 early with Corey Thurman on the hill but started to pick away at the Southern Maryland lead. The Revs scored twice in the fourth on Matt Dryer’s solo homer and Keoni De Renne’s RBI triple, and then added two more in the sixth with an RBI single from De Renne and a sac fly from Jose Enrique Cruz.

The Revolution did leave the bases loaded in the sixth, but that became a moot point with two outs in the ninth. After Jason Aspito and Matt Esquivel both struck out, Dryer drew a four-pitch walk. Then Hillenbrand and Taveras helped the Revs knock off the Blue Crabs (18-13, 54-47) for the third straight night.

“Corey didn’t have his best stuff but he battled and everybody else we put in the game (to pitch) did a great job,” Revolution manager Chris Hoiles said. “Offensively, they just kept going and it was fun to watch.”

Notes: Ashby broke the previous best hitting streak held by Joe Jiannetti, Billy Hall and Victor Rodriguez. Some Atlantic League publications had misreported Jiannetti’s streak at 28 games last season. … The Revs bullpen tossed four shutout innings Wednesday night. Jason Olson (two), Franklin Nunez (one) and Wayne Franklin (one) set the table for the comeback. … Southern Maryland’s Matt Schweitzer was left out to dry in the late innings because the Blue Crabs had no other pitchers available. Every other reliever was injured or unavailable.

*Bill Kalina photo.

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6 Responses

  1. Former Rev Chris Steinborn allowed 10 earned runs in one inning in Lancaster’s 10-4 loss to Long Island Wednesday night. Amazingly, Steinborn hung around for six innings, giving up 14 hits.

  2. Wow, I’m sorry to hear about Steinborn’s night. From my understanding he hasn’t played yet this season so he’s probably rusty. For his sake I hope this was a fluke.

    Man am I mad I missed the Revs game tonight. I love walk-off wins!

  3. RevsFan – I wasn’t there last night either, but listened to the entire game on the radio. I probably woke the neighborhood when they pulled off the win!

  4. Hoiles joked that he toyed with the idea of hitting Ashby first last night to get him more at-bats. But keeping him in the No. 3 spot seemed to work out just fine.

  5. Some better Revs alumni news: Shane Loux is back in the majors with the Angels.

  6. He went two innings without allowing a run in his first appearance. Not bad for a guy who was cut from an Atlantic League team in spring training last year.

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