Kept silent offensively all night, the York Revolution came alive to tie the game on a two-out error in the eighth, before Ofilio Castro drove a sacrifice fly to right field for the winning run in the ninth, as the Revs came from behind for a 2-1 victory over the Long Island Ducks on Saturday night in front of 4,752 fans at Santander Stadium. The Revs have won back-to-back games, and will look for a series win on Sunday at 5 p.m. with two games remaining on a seven-game homestand.
Both starting pitchers were outstanding after earning wins against the opposite team in their previous starts, as York right-hander Scott Gorgen and Long Island righty Bobby Blevins matched each other with goose eggs into the seventh inning.
Long Island scored the game's first run with one out in the seventh as Joash Brodin doubled to left field and Dan Lyons ripped an RBI single to center, giving the Ducks a 1-0 lead.
Armed with that run, Blevins was cruising toward victory, recording the first two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Justin Greene kept the inning alive with a single to right, however, and Sean Smith followed with a slow tapper toward third base. Ducks third baseman Brendan Harris attempted to make a barehanded play, but threw the ball errantly into the Revs bullpen. Smith was credited with an infield single, and Harris charged with a throwing error. Greene advanced to third, and came home as the first baseman Brodin struggled to retrieve the ball down the line, also charged with an error on the play as the unearned run tied the score at 1-1.
The Revs quickly set the stage for the walk-off victory in the ninth inning as Eric Patterson led off with a single to right field. Chad Tracy (3-for-4) followed with a double down the left field line, marking his second consecutive three-hit game. The Ducks elected to intentionally walk Travis Garcia to load the bases with no outs. Reliever Brett Lorin (1-2) recorded a force out at the plate on a ground ball to second base for the first out of the inning, but after getting ahead of Castro, surrendered the fly ball to right field that brought home Tracy for York's fourth walk-off victory of the season.
York reliever Rommie Lewis (3-1) picked up the win, stranding a runner at third base in the top of the ninth as Castro made a slick sprawling play on a sharp ground ball by Fehlandt Lentini for the third out, keeping the game tied.
Gorgen took a no-decision, allowing just one run over 6.1 innings. He now owns a 2.54 ERA over his last five starts, with one win and four no-decisions on that stretch.
Blevins allowed just an unearned run in eight innings for a no-decision, one start after tossing a complete game against the Revs.
Notes: York's last walk-off victory occurred on June 27, also against Long Island. The Revs improve to 10-5 against the Ducks this season. The win is the Revs' 23rd comeback victory of the season, and fourth when trailing after seven innings (4-35). Long Island stole six bases as a team, tying the most allowed in a game by the Revs in franchise history (September 16, 2011 vs. Southern Maryland). York lefty Alain Quijano (8-6, 3.59) faces Ducks right-hander Jared Lansford (4-4, 3.12) on Sunday at 5 p.m. It is Special Olympics' Athletes Recognition Day, featuring a game-worn jersey silent auction benefiting Special Olympics York County, presented by Ballyhoo Sports Academy. It is also Disability Awareness Day presented by Shadowfax Corporation. There will be a pregame full team autograph session beginning at 4:05 p.m. and pregame Catch on the Field presented by United Way. The evening will conclude with postgame Kids Run the Bases presented by Logos Academy. It is also a Hatfield Quality Meats Dollar Dog Day. Tickets are on-sale at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office.