Andres Perez goes 12-for-17 in four-game sweep of Blue Crabs
Already having taken over the top spot on the Revolution all-time hits list July 19, and the all-time total bases tally a day later, Andres Perez truly kicked his summer into high-gear August 5-8 in a four-game home sweep of Southern Maryland.
The sweep saw York pound out a season-high 18 hits twice, (11-18-17-18), outscoring SOMD 39-13 while piling up 64 hits (seven homers). The sweep also extended York’s home winning streak to nine consecutive games, the second longest in franchise history. The only 10-game Revolution home win streak to date came between August 19 and September 1 in the 2011 championship season.
The 39 runs in a four-game series is the third-highest total for the Revs in such a series in their history, and the most since 2010 when they scored 42 runs in four games at home against Camden in July, and 52 in four against Lancaster later that season in September.
As impressive as the team accolades were however, the straw that stirred the drink to get the York offense going was Perez, who began the Southern Maryland series 7 for his first 8 and 10 for his first 12 at the plate. He doubled in all four games and drove in at least one run in all four:
August 5 (6-5): 3-4, double, HR, 2 RBI, 2 runs
August 6 (9-1): 4-4, double, RBI, 2 runs, BB
August 7 (9-5): 3-4, double, RBI, run
August 8 (15-2): 2-5, double, 2 RBI, 2 runs (The season-high 15 runs were the most in a game for York since May 8, 2013, a 15-8 home win over Somerset.)
Perez began the series hitting .254, and raised his average to .259 after game one. It jumped again to .268 after he reached base in all five plate appearances in game two. He was at .274 after the third game and ended the series batting .275. An everyday player raised his average 21 points, in four days, in August. That is truly remarkable, if not jaw-dropping. As of August 8 Perez had played in 94 of York’s 98 games this season. He started the first 51 contests this season before getting a day off.
Perez also reached yet another franchise milestone with his home run on August 5. It was his 45th in a Revolution uniform, tying him with Scott Grimes for second on the all-time franchise list. It was also his 400th hit in a Revs uniform. With 410 career York hits as of August 8 following his torrid series against SOMD, Perez has already opened up a 27-hit lead over the man he passed, James Shanks (383) on the all-time Revs list.
-Paul Braverman & Darrell Henry