Eric Patterson tied the Atlantic League's single-season triples record, helping to start a late inning comeback as the York Revolution nipped the Long Island Ducks, 5-4 in front of 6,636 fans at Bethpage Ballpark on Saturday evening.
The Revs (46-33 overall) have won their third straight, improving to 5-4 in the second half, while the Ducks (42-36 overall) suffer a seventh consecutive defeat, dropping to 2-7 in the second half. York will go for the series sweep on Sunday evening before returning home to open a three-game series against Camden on Monday night.
Down 4-2, Patterson led off the eighth with a triple to right-center, his second of the night and 13th of the season, tying the league's single-season mark. He becomes the third in league history to match that record and first since 2009.
Chad Tracy followed Patterson's triple with a sac fly to center, bringing York within a run. The Revs weren't finished, as Travis Garcia and Bryant Nelson lashed singles, and after an error loaded the bases, Salvador Paniagua launched a sac fly to deep left-center, tying the game at 4-4.
The Revs went right back to work in the top of the ninth as Justin Greene led off with a single to right, advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt, and moved to third on a bunt single by Wilson Valdez. Valdez stole second on a strikeout, leading to an intentional walk of Tracy, which loaded the bases with one out. Garcia then provided the go-ahead run with a sac fly to center, giving York the 5-4 lead.
Rommie Lewis closed it out with a perfect ninth inning for his 21st save of the year, one shy of matching a team single-season record.
For the eighth consecutive game, the Revs allowed a first inning run as a sac fly by Adam Bailey spotted the Ducks an early 1-0 lead.
The Revs answered in the top of the second as Garcia drilled a solo homer to left, his 10th of the year and fourth against the Ducks, knotting the score at 1-1. York then went in front in the fifth when Sean Smith doubled to left and came around to score on a pair of wild pitches, putting the Revs in front 2-1.
Long Island took the lead in the back-and-forth contest on a two-run single to left by Joash Brodin in the bottom of the sixth, before Bailey added another RBI single to right field in the seventh.
The comeback win for the Revs is their 18th of the season and their second when trailing after seven innings (2-26), as the Revs scored the game's final three runs over the last two innings of play.
Stephen Penney (3-1) picked up the win, retiring the Ducks in order in the eighth with the help of one of a season-high-tying four double plays turned by the Revs as the right-hander logged his 13th consecutive scoreless appearance.
York starter Logan Williamson worked five innings, allowing just one unearned run on eight hits, all singles.
Notes: The Revs' three sac flies tied a club record for a single game, matching that mark for the first time since July 4, 2012 in a win over Somerset. York improves to 7-3 against Long Island on the season, having won each of the last five meetings. Patterson is 6-for-8 with three triples through the first two games of the series, and now has 11 triples since the start of June. He becomes the first in Revs history to triple twice in a game on multiple occasions, having also ripped two triples in a game on July 3 vs. Southern Maryland. York's Scott Gorgen (0-1, 9.24) will face Long Island's Jared Lansford (4-3, 3.23) on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. Revs fans can catch the action live on SportsRadio 1350, woyk1350.com, and on the WOYK mobile apps beginning at 4:45 p.m. with Darrell Henry on the call.