(May 25, 2023 – York, Pa.): The York Revolution scored twice in the seventh and four more in the eighth to come from behind for a thrilling 7-5 victory over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in front of 5,824 fans on Baseball in Education Day at Wellspan Park on Thursday afternoon. The win is the second straight for the Revs who take the rubber game in the series, having also now won three of their last four.
The scoring got started early as KC Hobson led off the top of the second by lifting one over the high wall in right field for his fifth home run of the season to give the Crabs a 1-0 lead.
York answered in the bottom of the second as Nellie Rodriguez doubled down the left field line and was replaced by designated pinch runner Trey Martin who scored on a Jacob Rhinesmith RBI single past Hobson at first, tying the game at 1-1.
Southern Maryland seized an early advantage, scoring three times in the third. Jack Sundberg led off the inning with a single and stole second base. Revs starter Tom Sutera retired the next two hitters, but a walk to Hobson brought up Isaias Quiroz who hit a seeing-eye single through the left side of the infield plating a run. Both runners advanced on a throwing error from the outfield, and Ryan Haug blooped a double down the left field line to score two more as the Crabs suddenly led 4-1.
Sutera got through five innings of work, allowing four runs but only three earned on seven hits. He walked three and struck out three, and worked scoreless, hitless ball over his final two frames.
Southern Maryland starter Ian Kahaloa was outstanding, retiring the final 12 Revs to greet him and not allowing a base hit after the second. He gave up just three hits, one run, a walk and struck out four in six innings on the day.
Will Carter came up big after getting in trouble with two walks in the sixth, striking out Sundberg and Michael Wielansky to strand two runners, while Tasker Strobel escaped a two-out bases loaded pickle in the seventh.
Issac Mattson, unscored upon in 10 outings on the season, came in for the Crabs in the bottom of the seventh. After getting the first out of the inning, Mattson surrendered a walk to Rhinesmith. Troy Stokes Jr. ripped an RBI double to left field off the Arch Nemesis, bringing home Rhinesmith to pull within 4-2. Jhon Nunez drilled a base hit to left center driving home Stokes Jr., shrinking it to a one-run deficit at 4-3.
Victor Capellan pitched the top of the eighth for York and yielded soft contact but three hits and an RBI ground rule double on a fly ball down the right field line by Braxton Lee as Southern Maryland inched ahead, 5-3.
The Revs battled back in their half of the eighth as Alejandro Rivero doubled down the third base line with one out off of Mattson, and Rodriguez singled softly to right center putting runners at the corners. That set the table for Rhinesmith who ripped a double down the right field line to plate Rivero and cut the deficit to 5-4, chasing Mattson (0-1) for closer Andre Scrubb who also entered play without an earned run allowed on the season. Scrubb jumped ahead of Stokes Jr. who, down 0-2 in the count, sent one the other way for a base hit to right field scoring Rodriguez and Rhinesmith who slid under the tag safely for the go-ahead run. Nunez was hit by a pitch and Drew Mendoza delivered a double down the left field line scoring Stokes Jr. as the Revs went up 7-5 going to the ninth in dramatic fashion.
Blake Rogers made quick work for his third save, setting down the Blue Crabs 1-2-3 in the ninth to secure the big victory.
Notes: The Revs improve to 12-12, pulling within two games of Southern Maryland and three games of first place Long Island in the North Division. The win snaps a streak of four straight series defeats. York improves to 7-2 in games decided by two runs or fewer. The Revs also improve to 7-5 in games in which the lead changes hands, while claiming their second victory of the season when trailing after the seventh or eighth inning of play. It is their second “last at-bat” victory of the season. The comeback from down three runs matches their biggest of the year. York improves to 7-5 in home games. The Revs have drawn more than 5,000 fans three times in the first 12 home games after reaching that mark just three times all of last season. Thursday’s crowd came within 67 fans of matching the biggest Baseball in Education Day crowd in stadium history and came within 44 fans of matching a season-high. The win is the 899th in the managerial career of York skipper Rick Forney. The save is the 45th of Rogers’ pro career. The Revs tied a season-high with five doubles. Stokes Jr. went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI, capping a series in which he was 6-for-11 with three doubles and five RBI. The Revs travel to Charleston to face the Dirty Birds to kick off a seven-game road trip Friday night. York lefty Denson Hull faces Derrick Adams in the opener at 6:35 p.m. Revs fans can catch the action live on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 WOYK, 989woyk.com, The New WOYK app, and FloBaseball.TV beginning at 6:15 p.m. with Darrell Henry on the call.
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