Revolution suffer first 4-game sweep at home in franchise history, historical struggles vs. SOMD continue
When it comes to the ebb and flow of a long baseball season, this might be the most ebby and flowy first 17 games the Revolution have had in their history. Just days after completing the first ever road sweep of Lancaster, a 5-1 loss to Southern Maryland on May 11 marked the first time York has been swept at home in a four-game series in their nine seasons. It’s pretty remarkable it took this long, not that that would come as any consolation at the moment. It is a familiar feeling of despair with the Blue Crabs involved however; despite the names changing over the years, facing that club has usually not yielded positive results for the Revolution.
The sweep dragged York’s all-time record against SOMD to 60-82, 33-37 at home and 27-45 on the road. To be fair, many of those numbers are the lingering effect of York’s 3-17 showing against Southern Maryland in 2009, a season where they lost 10 consecutive games to the Crabs at one point. To be fairer to the Revs’ all-time roster against the Blue Crabs, 2009 was by far the worst team in franchise history, going just 53-87. It was a dubious weekend of fours in a couple ways; the two coaches and two players ejected in the 14-5 loss on May 11 established a new franchise mark for on-field personnel ejected in one game. (Mark Mason, Corey Thurman who was not pitching in the game, Pitching Coach Paul Fletcher who was acting manager at the time, and catcher Luis De La Cruz.) It was the first time at least three Revs were ejected from the same game since the inaugural 2007 season. At 6-11, is it time to panic? Nope! In fact, the 2012 Revolution, who wound up setting the current franchise record for wins in a regular season (79-61), began that year much worse than these Revs, at 3-10. The 2012 club was also then 6-11, and dropped as low as 6-13 before going 73-48 (.601) the rest of the season, and qualified for the playoffs by winning the Freedom Division second half with a 43-27 record. -Paul Braverman