Rommie Lewis throws first complete game in 12 years; Revs play quickest nine inning home game ever
When it was announced in preseason camp lefty Rommie Lewis would be a starter for the Revolution, perhaps it raised a few eyebrows. After all, Lewis had found much success as a reliever, pitching in 20 Major League games out of Toronto’s bullpen in 2010 and 2011; his last season as a full-time starter being 2003 at High-A Frederick in Baltimore’s system. Last season, Lewis saved 28 games for York, setting the Revolution single-season record for saves and becoming the all-time franchise save leader in the process.
If the decision wasn’t already validated by Lewis’s 2.65 ERA in his first seven starts, it certainly was on June 7 when Lewis tossed his first complete game in 12 years since that 2003 season with Frederick, his third as a pro. (7/3/03 at Winston-Salem.)
That game in the Carolina League was not a complete-game shutout however, which is what Lewis did on a Sunday evening for York. Needing just 106 pitches to conquer the Lancaster Barnstormers in a 3-0 victory, Lewis tossed the sixth complete game shutout in Revolution history, joining Chris Steinborn, Shaun Garceau, Lorenzo Barcelo, Chris Waters and Chris Cody. He scattered just five hits, with a lone walk. Lewis struck out four, with two of them coming in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Looking deeper into the score sheet, it was truly a masterful outing for the 14th-year pro. Lewis threw just 27 pitches in the third through fifth innings, and had two streaks of eight batters retired consecutively during the game. Of the 23 outs he recorded aside from the four strikeouts, 17 did not leave the infield in a significant manner. Only five Barnstormers made an out in the air to an outfielder. Blake Gailen was caught stealing in the first inning. Lewis lowered his ERA to 2.14, which is best among York starters. As of June 7, Lewis also leads the club in strikeouts (35) and wins (4).
It’s the first complete game for a Revolution pitcher in just over a calendar year, when Matt Neil needed just 94 pitches at Somerset in a 12-1 York victory on June 3, 2014. Lewis’s complete game ended up as the fastest nine inning game in Santander Stadium history, at just two hours and four minutes. That clips the two hour and eight minute game the Revs played against Newark at home way back in the inaugural season, a 6-1 defeat on July 1, 2007. The June 7 game is now the second-fastest nine inning game in Revolution history overall, just two minutes longer than a two hour, two minute affair from June 17 of last season at Bridgeport, a 2-1 loss.