Game 103: York 8, Southern Maryland 5

It wasn’t exactly the way the York Revolution drew it up.

After all, 66-minute rain delays, ending a game at 11:53 p.m. and using six pitchers is not exactly Revolution manager Chris Hoiles’ idea of fun at the ballpark.

But through it all, the Revs emerged with what they were searching for — a convincing four-game sweep over a quality opponent.

Revs’ starter Dave Gil was knocked out of the game in the third inning with a biceps injury, but the Revolution launched three no-doubt homers and the York bullpen did the job in an 8-5 over Southern Maryland at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The Matt triumvirate — Matt Dryer (two-run bomb), Matt Esquivel (solo shot) and Matt Padgett (solo homer) — all came through against Atlantic League ERA leader and knuckle-baller Joe Gannon to send what was left of the announced crowd of 3,597 home happy.

York (19-14, 49-54) has now won a franchise-best seven straight and moved two games ahead of Somerset in the Freedom Division. The Patriots were rained out Thursday night in Bridgewater, N.J. and the Revs will visit Somerset Friday for the start of a crucial three-game set with the first-half Freedom Division champs.

“This is what we needed to do,” Hoiles said. “Back when this homestand started, this is exactly the statement I wanted to make.”

Gannon, 33, a former bullpen catcher for the Buffalo Bisons, learned to throw a knuckleball from long-time Boston Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield. The pitch helped him throw a no-hitter in the Atlantic League with Newark in 2004 and it’s also baffled the entire league this year — Gannon brought a 3.68 ERA as the Blue Crabs (18-14, 54-48) ace into Thursday’s outing despite 54 walks in 100 innings.

But the deceptive pitch didn’t do much against a surging York lineup. The Revs racked up 11 hits and knocked Gannon (eight earned runs, seven strikeouts) around for seven innings.

“I faced Tim Wakefield two spring trainings ago, but when you go up there you can’t try to do too much,” shortstop Keoni De Renne said. “Even though 90 percent of the time you’re going to get a knuckleball, you don’t know what it’s going to do. … Basically, you just have to see it and hit it.”

Hoiles said he was concerned about Gil’s biceps strain, which has been a reoccurring problem for the University of Miami product this year. But Hoiles and Gil (pictured) are both hoping the early departure from Thursday’s game will help him avoid a trip to the disabled list and a long absence — although Gil may miss a start.

“It’s something that’s been going on for awhile and I have to work through it every start,” Gil said. “You feel fatigued and my location wasn’t as good as it usually is. … But it’s something that I want to take care of now so I can get back out there.”

Notes: Chris Ashby’s all-time Atlantic League hitting streak lives on. Ashby extended the streak to 29 games with a third-inning single and finished 1-for-4. … The delay at the beginning of the game was necessary because Revolution employees had to dry a saturated field. A 20-minute storm pelted the field with rain about an hour before the game. … Saul Solveson came up big for York. He threw 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief with four strikeouts.

*Claudette Roulo photo.

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One Response

  1. Congratulations to the Revolution on the back to back sweeps!! Now they just need to work on getting a sweep on the road.

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