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Revolution play in 15th inning for first time, Sean Smith hits game-winning homer

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It’s a rather amazing statistic, but exactly a quarter of the way through their ninth season as a franchise, the York Revolution have finally played in the 15th inning, after a 4-3 victory at Long Island on May 31.  It’s an anomaly to make it through a single season without one game that long, let alone eight full seasons.

Adding to the intrigue was Sean Smith’s solo home run to put York ahead in the top of the 15th, which is no big deal except for the fact it was his first homer since…this one in last year’s postseason and the grueling rehab that came after it.  Josh Judy then entered for a tidy three up, three down 15th for the save, his seventh in as many opportunities.  The Revs used eight pitchers in the game, one short of tying a team record.

The Revolution had played 14-inning games five times previously (all losses), four of which were on the road.  The longest game innings-wise in Santander Stadium history remains a 7-4 loss to Somerset on May 6, 2013.  The 5/31 win over Long Island lasted four hours and 35 minutes, making it just the sixth-longest time-wise in franchise history.  That honor still belongs to the four hour, 57 minute, 14-inning marathon at Bridgeport on August 3, 2010, a 6-5 Revolution loss.

The longest game time-wise in Atlantic League history was an 18-inning Bridgeport victory at Southern Maryland in 2009, lasting six hours and 42 minutes.

After posting an 0-1 record in their only April road game, the Revolution wrapped up May 11-6 on the road, setting a new franchise mark for road wins in any month.  At 15-20 at the quarter pole of the Atlantic League season, the next goal will be to chip away at the club’s baffling 4-13 home record this season during an eight-game homestand against Sugar Land and Lancaster June 3-10.  The victory over Long Island was York’s season-high fourth consecutive victory, three of which game in extra innings.  After a series-opening loss in Camden on Wednesday, the Revolution played 46 innings over the next four days, winning twice in 11 at Camden – then busing from South Jersey to the middle of Long Island late Saturday night – only to start at 1:35 the following day and rip off a 15-inning win.

For more about the game, and further copious notes about the milestone, please consult Darrell Henry’s game recap on YorkRevolution.com.

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Thanks to Christine Heeren in Long Island for passing along this photo of the high-five line, following the first 15-inning game in Revolution history, York’s fourth straight win.

More posts that will be coming soon as we watch milestones:  Andres Perez currently has 82 doubles in his three seasons with the Revolution, dating back to 2012.  That ties him with Ramon Castro for the all-time franchise mark.  When Stephen Penney pitched the seventh inning on 5/31, it was his 180th appearance with York in his four seasons with the club, also dating back to 2012.  That’s just one shy of Corey Thurman’s club record. (180 starts, one relief appearance.)

-Paul Braverman

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