Preview: Revs series at Southern Maryland

Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Matt DeSalvo, Schedule

Revs' outfielder James Shanks is one of a handful of players swinging a hot bat. Shanks has gone 8-for-17 (.470) at the plate in the last four games, with three runs and a home run.

Game One: York Revolution (13-10) at Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (16-10)

When: Tuesday. Where: Southern Maryland. First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

(Y) RHP Matt DeSalvo (1-1, 3.50 ERA) vs. (SM) RHP Nick Green (2-1, 6.20 ERA)

Whether it’s a starting pitcher or a reliever, York’s pitching has been nearly un-hittable as of late. The Revs shutout the Bridgeport Bluefish in their last two games and will head to Southern Maryland with a 19-inning scoreless streak intact, chasing the club record of 24 consecutive scoreless innings. In the last nine games, York owns a 2.39 ERA, with the starters posting a 1.71 mark over that stretch.

Revs starter Matt DeSalvo (1-1, 3.50 ERA) will look to keep the hot streak going on Tuesday as he will get the start at Bridgeport. DeSalvo is coming off a scoreless performance against Lancaster on Thursday when he gave up just four hits while striking out five in five innings of work.

The Blue Crabs will send Nick Green (2-1, 6.20 ERA) to the mound. In his last start against the Road Warriors on Wednesday, Green allowed only two earned runs on six hits in six innings of work, striking out four.

Last time they met: Southern Maryland swept the first series between the clubs earlier this season, taking all three games from May 13 to May 15 by a combined score of 27-15. On top of trying to avenge the three-game sweep, the Revs will also be aiming to improve on an 8-23 overall mark at Southern Maryland over the past three seasons. This is the first time York will play at Regency Furniture Stadium since September, when the Revs closed the regular season with a 2-1 win to finish the second half 29-41.

OK in last ten: At 13-10, York is off to its best start in club history through 23 games and trails Lancaster by 1.5 games in the Freedom Division.

Southern Maryland, meanwhile, is 16-10, good enough for first place atop the Liberty Division, 1.5 games ahead of Long Island.

Both York and Southern Maryland, however, are 5-5 in their last ten games.

The Revs started the year by going 7-0, then went 4-10 in the next 14 games before beating Bridgeport on Sunday and Monday to improve to 13-10 overall.

Southern Maryland started the year with a 12-5 mark, and has gone 4-5 in its last nine games. The Blue Crabs (16-10) won their last series over the weekend against Camden, taking two of three games.

The team has succeeded thus far thanks in part to its pitching. The Blue Crabs’ 3.70 ERA as a team leads the Atlantic League. For the season, Southern Maryland has allowed just 206 hits (third-lowest in the league), walked 71 (second-lowest in the league), and struck out 187 (second-most in the league).

The Blue Crabs’ bats have done OK as well. The team is hitting .261 at the plate, good enough for middle-of-the-pack in the league. Southern Maryland does bring some speed on the base paths, too, with a league-leading 27 steals so far this year.

 

WHO’S HOT:

—Southern Maryland’s Ryan Mulhern. In three games against Camden this past weekend, the firstbaseman collected seven RBIs, scored five runs and went 6-for-10 at the plate. He improved his batting average to .340, which leads Southern Maryland. His 20 runs scored, eight home runs and 31 RBIs is also first on the team.
—Southern Maryland’s Brandon Pinckney. Pinckney improved his batting average to .337 by going 5-for-13 at the plate in the last three games. He also nailed his second home run on the year, scored two runs and had two RBIs. For the season, Pinckney is second on the team in batting average (.337), and is tied with Mulhern for a two-way tie for first in total hits (34).
—Southern Maryland’s Yunesky Sanchez, who went 5-for-11 at the plate over the last three games with a home run, three runs scored and two RBIs. Sanchez’s .316 batting average is third on the team and his 31 hits is third on the team.
—Southern Maryland reliever Steve Palazzolo. With three scoreless innings in two appearances against Camden over the weekend, Palazzolo improved his ERA to 0.60. In 15 innings so far this season, Palazzolo has allowed just three runs, one earned, on six hits with 13 strikeouts.
—York reliever Scott Rice. With a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday, the 6-foot, 7-inch left-hander has yet to give up a run in 12 appearances this season. Through 12.1 innings, Rice has surrendered just five hits while striking out 14.
—York’s Vince Harrison. Batting in the cleanup spot over the past week, Harrison has been crushing the ball. In the past four games, Harrison is 8-for-20 (.400) at the plate with a home run,  three RBIs and four runs. His .386 batting average leads the team.
—York’s James Shanks. The outfielder started the year cold, but has picked it up at the plate as of late. With his 4-for-4 performance in the win at Bridgeport on Monday, Shanks has gone 8-for-17 (.470) at the plate in the last four games, with three runs and a home run.
—York’s Salvador Paniagua. Getting the start in the last two games, Paniagua went 3-for-8 with two home runs, five RBIs and three runs.

 

WHO’S COLD:

—Southern Maryland’s Ben Harrison, who went 1-for-11 with four strikeouts in three games against Camden this past weekend, dropping his batting average to .244 on the season.
—Southern Maryland reliever Joe Gannon, who gave up two earned runs to Camden on Saturday in one inning of action, dropping his ERA to a team-low 9.00.

—York’s Val Majewski. After crushing the ball through the team’s first 19 games of the season, Majewski went cold in the last four contests, batting a combined 1-for-16 with four strikeouts and two walks.

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