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Revolution, Rommie complete record road trip

So the York Revolution are 6-4 in their last 10 games.  Not a big deal, right?  Wrong!

Despite the 5-4 extra-inning loss in Sugar Land on May 22 to cap the longest road trip of this season at 10 games, York tied a franchise record with six wins on a road trip.  It looked like a 7-3 trip was probable, but despite walking four in 2.2 innings pitched, Tracy McGrady did not allow a run and the Skeeters won for the first time with him on the mound in his second abbreviated start.

But any time you can go on a three city road trip and get two series wins and a split, you can’t be anything but happy.  Not to mention three of the four losses on the trip came by just one or two runs.  Even in May, going 6-4 on this trip may have actually been necessary for York to stay in the first half Freedom Division race.  Lancaster continues to be red hot, and went 6-1 after the Revolution took two of three in Lancaster to begin the trip, and now return to York for this five-game Memorial Day weekend series (doubleheader on Sunday to make up the rain out on April 30) with a four-game lead, having gained a game on the Revs the last 10 days with a 7-3 record in that time.  A negative result on the last road trip, and the Revolution may have been in a hole too large to climb out of already in regards to the first half, with the Atlantic League season not even at the quarter-pole yet.

As the big series begins, Lancaster holds a 3-2 edge in the 2014 War of The Roses, with the Revolution leading 73-68 in Community Cup games.

Needless to say, the five games at Santander Stadium this holiday weekend through Monday will be crucial to the first half race.  The Revolution have tread water nicely through the Barnstormers hot streak, now they have a weekend to end it, put a dent in their lead, and not see the first half division race slip away before June.

With his eighth save in York’s 3-1 win over Sugar Land on May 21, it marked Rommie Lewis’s sixth consecutive save in six appearances, which tied a franchise record as well.  At this pace, having already saved eight of the Revolution’s 14 wins, you’d have to think Juan Rincon’s single-season franchise record of 22 saves is within reach, IFLewis is here all year .  He could earn a Triple-A contract with an MLB organization, and last season he finished the season with the Lamigo Monkeys in Taiwan.

-Paul Braverman

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