York suffers 3-2 setback at Bridgeport, falls to 19-16 in second half
Twice the York Revolution clawed within a run, but that was as close as the Revs would come in a 3-2 loss at Bridgeport on Saturday night in front of 3,827 fans at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. York slips to 19-16 in the second half and 2-1 on the current eight-game road trip.
Bridgeport plated two early runs in the second and never relinquished the lead. Cleanup hitter John Alonso led off the inning with a walk and Bryant Nelson followed with an infield single, as Alonso advanced to third on a throwing error by second baseman Mikey Reynolds. Wilson Batista then opened the scoring with an RBI single to right. York starter Matt Neil seemed poised to limit the damage to one run after rolling a double play, but after jumping ahead of Luis Rodriguez, allowed a two-out RBI single to right-center on a 1-2 pitch as the Bluefish grabbed a 2-0 lead.
York got on the board in the top of the fifth as Telvin Nash drew a leadoff walk and Luis De La Cruz blooped a single. Reynolds sacrificed both runners over, but the Revs could only bring one run home on a Jose Constanza sac fly to center, pulling within 2-1.
Bridgeport answered immediately in the home half of the fifth as Ethan Chapman drag bunted a single to lead off, Bryan Sabatella walked, Josh Prince sacrificed both runners over, and Chapman came home on a wild pitch to make it 3-1.
Neil (2-7) suffered the loss despite logging a quality start. His seven innings marked his longest outing since June 16, giving up just three runs on eight hits, but it occurred on a rare night that the Revs' hot offense sputtered.
The late stages were a case of missed opportunities for the Revs. Yeicok Calderon legged out an attempted double play to keep the top of the sixth alive, preceding eight consecutive balls from Bluefish rookie starter David Anderson and back-to-back walks to Bryan Pounds and Nash to load the bases and end his Bluefish debut. Reliever Sam Gervacio escaped, however, retiring De La Cruz on a groundout before also tossing a perfect seventh.
Patterson greeted reliever Steven Ames with a solo homer to right-center, his ninth of the season and third in four games to pull within 3-2 in the eighth. Andres Perez followed with a single up the middle, but after advancing on a two-out wild pitch, was stranded as Ames struck out Nash looking to keep Bridgeport in front.
De La Cruz reached on an infield single against closer Patrick Mincey to start the ninth, and Reynolds sacrificed pinch-runner James Simmons to second. Mincey (22nd save) retired Constanza on a one-pitch pop out, however, and Simmons was thrown out attempting to steal third for the game's final out.
Anderson (1-0) earned the win in his debut despite walking six. The righty allowed just four hits and one run in 5.2 innings.
Notes: Patterson's homer was his 37th all-time with York, moving ahead of Ramon Castro and into sole possession of sixth in club history. The Revs have belted 37 home runs in the last 34 games, and rank second in the league with 76 round trippers on the season. Mike DeMark worked a scoreless eighth in his first appearance since July 3; he has not allowed an earned run in 12 appearances out of the York bullpen this season. York lefty Rommie Lewis (8-8, 3.63) will face Bridgeport right-hander Ray Hanson (0-1, 15.00) in Sunday's series finale at 5:35 p.m. Revs fans can catch the action live on SportsRadio 1350, woyk1350.com, and on the WOYK mobile apps beginning at 5:15 p.m. with Darrell Henry on the call.