After a mid-game rain delay, the York Revolution fell behind and couldn’t catch up against the Camden Riversharks, losing 9-5 on Saturday night at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
Camden got off to a quick start as former Revs outfielder Chris Walker homered on the first pitch of the game to left field. Paddy Matera followed with a double to right-center on the second pitch and scored on a throwing error on an attempted double play turn, spotting Camden a 2-0 lead.
The Revs quickly answered in their half of the first as Scott Grimes reached second on a throwing error by pitcher Kevin Reese, and scored when Andres Perez singled up the middle, extending his hitting streak to 14 consecutive games. Then in the second, Brandon Haveman doubled to left-center with two outs, and crossed the plate when Grimes’ fly ball in left-center was dropped by Eduardo Perez allowing another unearned run to score, tying the game at 2-2.
Revs starter Chris Cody retired nine consecutive batters before Pedro Feliz led off the fourth with a double to left. Raul Padron then reached on a popup that fell in shallow right for a base hit, putting runners at the corners with no outs just before play was halted, as a nasty storm delayed the game for an hour and 43 minutes, forcing Cody’s exit.
When play resumed, James Houser struck out Alvin Colina for the first out, but Eduardo Perez followed with an RBI single to left giving Camden the lead. Steve Doetsch then picked up a huge hit serving a two-run double into shallow right. Matera drove in one more on a sac fly, capping the four-run outburst as the Sharks took a commanding 6-2 lead.
The Revs came right back, however, plating three runs in their half of the fourth. After Danny Gonzalez reached on a popup that landed in shallow center for a single, Salvador Paniagua doubled to left and the Revs were in business. Grimes worked a one-out walk to load the bases before Andres Perez singled into left, driving in his second of the game. Chris Nowak then took a bases loaded walk to force in another, and Travis Scott drove in one more on a groundout, bringing the Revs within 6-5. York stranded two more in scoring position, however, and four Camden relievers combined to hold York scoreless over the final five innings.
Camden tacked on two more runs in the fifth to again space their lead, as Colina picked up an RBI double to left-center, and Eduardo Perez drove in his second run when he reached on an error. The Riversharks scored the final run of the game in the ninth on a Padron sac fly for the 9-5 final.
Spencer Steedley (3-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings in relief, backed up by fellow relievers Josh Walter, Zach Hammes, and John Lujan who each worked scoreless frames.
Cody (4-9) suffered his fourth straight loss for York, charged with four runs (three earned) in three-plus innings before being forced out due to the rain delay.