Playoff-Bound Revs Wrap Up Record-Setting First Half
When the York Revolution broke out the bubbly for a celebration after last Friday’s win over Lancaster, they celebrated more than just a first half Freedom Division title and the sixth playoff in franchise history. The Revs’ first 70 games of the 2016 season saw club records fall left and right, single-season and all-time. Here is a snapshot of the historic half that was.
The Revs finished the first half 40-30, tied with Long Island for the best record in the Atlantic League and five games ahead of Sugar Land atop the Freedom Division. York is 80-59 since the start of last season’s second half, its most wins ever over a two-half span.
Of York’s 40 wins, 23 have come in comeback fashion, putting the team on pace to shatter the 2008 and 2014 clubs’ record of 37. The Revs set franchise records for biggest overall and ninth-inning comebacks along the way. Down 7-0 at home to Southern Maryland in the middle of the third inning on May 25, York flipped the script in the blink of an eye. The Revs scored nine unanswered runs over their next four turns at-bat to win 9-7, setting a club record for largest comeback win by runs. Less than a week later on May 31 at Bridgeport, York found itself down 7-2 in the top of the ninth. The Revs bludgeoned the Bluefish for a team-best seven runs in that inning, capped by a go-ahead three-run homer by Bryan Pounds, to stun the home side 9-7.
Andres Perez consolidated his claim to the “Mr. Rev” mantle throughout the first half. On May 12 against New Britain, Dre came up with two outs in the ninth and belted a game-ending three-run home run over the Arch Nemesis, giving York a dramatic 4-3 win with his fourth walkoff hit with the club. On May 29 against Somerset, Perez notched his 500th hit in a Revolution uniform; the next night, he banged a single off the Arch Nemesis for the 1,000th hit of his career.
Entering 2016 as the franchise leader in seven offensive categories, Dre added the home run crown to his collection on Sunday against Lancaster. A go-ahead solo homer in the sixth gave him 59 in his Revs career, tying Chris Nowak’s mark. In the eighth, Perez swung for history and belted a grand slam for his record-setting 60th round-tripper. His three first-half standing ovations from the PeoplesBank Park faithful are also an unofficial Revolution record.
Mike DeMark became DeMoney for the Revs in the ninth inning, setting the scene by saving three games in York’s season-opening series at New Britain. DeMark led the Atlantic League with 20 saves in 21 chances, setting a Revs half-season record. He converted 19 straight saves to open the season – also a club record – and did not allow an earned run in his first 18 appearances. After beginning the season with four team saves, DeMark has catapulted to third all-time with 24 Revolution saves, surpassing Franklin Nunez for sole possession of the bronze with his latest on June 25. He now sits seven back of R.J. Rodriguez (31) for second all-time and nine behind Rommie Lewis’s franchise record of 33. DeMark’s consistency has been the hallmark of a York bullpen that simply does not give up late leads: the Revs are 32-0 this season when leading after eight innings.
The Revs belted 77 home runs over its first 70 games, leading the Atlantic League by 14 dingers at the midway point. York hit all of 112 home runs last season and didn’t hit its 77th until August 16, its 104th game of the season. Telvin Nash topped the circuit and established a franchise record with 15 half-season home runs, including two in his final game with the club on June 21. Joel Guzman is tied for second among active Atlantic Leaguers with 10 homers.
Isaias Tejeda batted .351 in 41 games with the Revs, ranking second in the Atlantic League before his departure. He notched two double-digit hitting streaks along the way: he hit safely in 10 straight game from May 4 through May 14 and started a 17-gamer on May 30 that lasted through his final game on June 20. Tejeda’s 17-game mark tied Jose Herrera (June 12-July 1, 2011) for ninth-longest in franchise history and was the Revs’ longest since Justin Greene strung together 21 in a row August 24 through September 18, 2014.
The Pipeline Rolls On
York said goodbye to two of its best players on back-to-back days in June. The Atlanta Braves purchased the contract of Isaias Tejeda on June 21, assigning him to the Advanced-A Carolina Mudcats of the Carolina League. The next day, the Chicago White Sox came calling for Telvin Nash, sending him to the Carolina League as well to play for the Winston-Salem Dash. It was the first time that the Revs had seen players sign with major league organizations on back-to-back days and the shortest turnaround between signings since May 27, 2010 when the Oakland A’s inked pitcher Jesus Sanchez and Val Majewski on the same day. The Revs also saw pitchers Ryan Baerlocher (ATL) and Adam Thomas (OAK) depart for affiliated ball together on May 30, 2007.
In his fourth season at the helm, Mark Mason became the Revs’ all-time winningest manager with his 238th victory on June 18, surpassing the legendary Andy Etchebarren for the all-time mark with a 6-4 triumph over Bridgeport at PeoplesBank Park. He capped the first half at 247 wins. Juggling a roster that saw 44 different men show up on the lineup card, Mason skippered his team to the sixth 40-win half in franchise history and its sixth playoff berth in 10 seasons in the Atlantic League.
After dropping the second-half opener on Monday at Bridgeport, the Revs will look to continue its record-setting 2016 campaign as they charge forward in pursuit of York’s third pennant.