(May 24th, 2023 – York, Pa.): The York Revolution bullpen was dominant over the final three innings on Wednesday night as the Revs held off the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for a 6-5 win at WellSpan Park. The effort included the debut of 13-year Major League veteran Derek Holland who was signed earlier in the day and struck out the side in the seventh, along with closer Blake Rogers who struck out the side, stranding two in the ninth.
J.T. Hintzen got the start for the Revs and was touched for a run in the top of the first after giving up a leadoff double to Jack Sundberg to the gap in right center field. Sundberg stole third base and scored on a wild pitch making it 1-0 Crabs.
Hintzen walked a pair in the third after retiring the first two batters of the inning, and Alex Crosby made it hurt with a bloop single for a two-out run to make it 2-0.
Ryan January sparked the Revs offense, leading off the bottom of the third inning with a rope down the right field line for a double. January moved to third on a ground out by Jalen Miller and scored on a grounder to the shortstop by Trent Giambrone for an RBI, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
The Revs captured the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Alejandro Rivero drilled a leadoff double to right center, advanced on a wild pitch, and was singled in by Nellie Rodriguez on a base hit to left, tying the game at 2-2. The Revs got going again with two outs as Troy Stokes Jr singled to left, stole second, and scored as Trey Martin singled off the Arch Nemesis in left for his sixth RBI of the season, giving the Revs a 3-2 lead.
Martin saved two runs with his glove in the top of the fifth, as with runners on second and third, Crosby looped one to right and Martin went into a feet first slide and came away with the catch, closing the outing for Hintzen (1-3) after five.
The Revs put up three runs in the fifth, scoring on a balk by Crabs starter Sandro Cabrera (1-3), a Rodriguez RBI ground out, and an RBI double down the left field line by Stokes Jr. who finished his night with three hits, two steals, and an RBI.
The Blue crabs wouldn’t go away quietly as they stormed right back with three of their own in the sixth, pulling within 6-5. Southern Maryland got another home run to left from Isaias Quiroz, his third of the series, this time a solo shot off of Nelvin Correa who was tagged with his first earned run allowed of the season. The Crabs rallied with two outs to score two more in the inning. Michael Wielansky singled home a run to chase Correa, and as Holland made his Revs debut, induced a ground ball to third but the throw was high as another run scored on the error.
Holland stayed in to strike out the side in the seventh inning before Andrew Gross retired the side in order in the eighth.
Rogers was greeted by a leadoff single from Wielansky in the ninth and issued a one-out walk, but struck out his other three batters faced, securing the tense one-run victory.
The Revs will go for the series win on Thursday at 11 a.m. as Denson Hull (0-3, 7.85) faces Ian Kahaloa (1-2, 4.66) on Baseball in Education Day. It is also a Hunger Free Thursday presented by Members 1st Federal Credit Union. Tickets are on sale at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Shipley Energy Ticket Office.
Notes: The Revs improve to 6-2 in games decided by two runs or fewer. York has won two of its last three overall, both by one run. York is 4-2 in one-run games. Rogers has saved each of the last two victories, earning his first two saves with York; he now has 44 saves in his pro career. Correa saw a six-outing scoreless streak end and had retired 24 of his previous 27 batters faced. Gross has worked back-to-back 1-2-3 innings. York struck out 11 Southern Maryland batters including eight in four innings by the bullpen. York snaps a three-game skid against Southern Maryland (now 2-3 head-to-head). The Revs out-hit the Crabs 12-6. Rivero and Stokes Jr. tied season-highs with three hits apiece. The win is the 898th in the managerial career of Rick Forney.