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Rommie Lewis sets Revolution consecutive appearances/saves record

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Rommie Lewis’s save in the Revolution’s 3-1 win at Sugar Land on May 21 marked his sixth save in six appearances, which tied a franchise record.  That record was broken two days later, when he tossed a 1-2-3 inning to put a bow on a 7-5 win over Lancaster at home May 23.  It was already Lewis’s ninth save of the season, in York’s 15th win.  This year Lewis is the unabashed closer, last season it was more of a closer by committee approach. When you add in the five saves he had last year, his 14 saves already ranks him sixth on the Revolution all-time list.

With this start, Juan Rincon’s single-season record of 22 saves set last season certainly seems to be in reach for the southpaw Lewis.  The all-time Revolution mark of 31 saves by R.J. Rodriguez (2010-2012) could even be in reach for Rommie if he comes even close to sustaining this pace, and if the Revs continues to play close games.  Of course all of this is dependent on Lewis being with York all season – he’s already pitched in two MLB seasons with Toronto in 2010 and 2011, and him earning a Triple-A contact this season wouldn’t come as a shock. Last season he ended the season in the Chinese Professional Baseball League on the island of Taiwan with the Lamigo Monkeys after 47 appearances, 41.2 innings and just a 1.51 ERA with the Revolution.

-Paul Braverman

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