Perez named team's Player of Year, then leads Revs to victory
After being honored as the York Revolution 2015 Player of the Year prior to the game, Andres Perez rose to the occasion with a huge offensive night, powering the Revs to an 11-6 victory over the Somerset Patriots in front of a season-high crowd of 6,291 fans at Santander Stadium on Saturday night in the penultimate game of the season. The Revs will close out the 2015 campaign on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. on Red Land Little League Day.
Perez went 4-for-5 with a double, home run, and season-high-tying six RBI. The big performance gives him 91 RBI on the season, and a lead of eight RBI over the rest of the competition heading into the season's final day as he aims for the league title.
It was another big night for the offense as a whole, but it was also another comeback victory for the Revs who fell behind early. Somerset plated a pair of runs in the top of the first inning on a double down the right field line by Thomas Neal, making it 2-0 before an out was recorded. Revs starter Logan Williamson stayed tough, however, stranding Neal at third before working out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the second.
The Revs got on the board in the bottom of the second as Telvin Nash drilled a home run to left-center, his 13th of the year. It marked Nash's eighth homer in his last 15 games and seventh in his last 10 home games, continuing his late-season surge.
York drew even an inning later as Eric Patterson led off with a single, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Wilson Valdez, and scored on a two-out RBI single to left-center by Brandon Boggs, tying the score at 2-2.
Somerset briefly went back in front as Jonny Tucker led off the fourth with a homer over the Arch Nemesis in left, but the Revs responded with their biggest inning of the night.
York sent 11 batters to the plate in a five-run fourth inning, taking the lead for good. Bryan Pounds and James Simmons ignited things with singles to set the table. Luis De La Cruz rapped an RBI single to center to plate Pounds with the tying run, while Simmons also crossed when Tucker mishandled the ball in center for an error. Nick Ferdinand followed with an RBI single off the Arch Nemesis. Patterson kept the rally building with a walk, while Valdez sacrificed both runners into scoring position. Perez capitalized, nailing a two-run double to deep center for a 7-3 lead.
Michael Burgess snuck an opposite field line drive homer around the edge of the Arch Nemesis in the top of the fifth, cutting the lead to 7-4.
The Revs again landed a big response, as Perez clobbered a line drive three-run homer just over the top of the Arch Nemesis for a commanding 10-4 lead on his team-leading 16th round-tripper of the year. Ferdinand reached on an infield single and Patterson walked earlier in the inning to set the table for Perez' blast.
Perez added a two-out RBI single to right in the bottom of the seventh for his sixth RBI of the night and an 11-4 lead.
Williamson (9-12) needed 39 pitches in the first two innings, but just 57 pitches over the next five innings, working efficiently into the eighth. Somerset mounted a one-out rally as a pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases, before Nate Spears singled to center to drive in two runs, ending Williamson's night. The lefty made his longest start since June 29 at 7.1 innings, however, earning his ninth win of the year and second straight victory to cap his season.
Luis Perdomo recorded the final five outs, retiring all four batters faced to set off the postgame fireworks celebration.
Patriots starter Matt Zielinski (8-4) suffered the loss, charged with seven runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings. Zielinski is now 1-2 against the Revs this season and 1-5 over the last two years. He is 17-7 against the rest of the league the last two seasons.
Notes: Perez' four-hit game tied a team season-high for the 20th time and his personal season-best for the third time. His six RBI tie team and personal season-bests. Perez' 91 RBI are the fourth-most in a season in team history. He is aiming to become the third Revs batter in the last four years to win the league's RBI title and second in as many seasons. Perez is also on pace to win the team's triple crown in batting, joining Nate Espy (2007) and Chris Nowak (2011) as the third player in club history to accomplish the feat. The comeback win is the 34th of the season for the Revs, two shy of matching a club record (36 in 2008 and 2014). Nash has homered in three consecutive games for the second time in the month of September. At 39-29, the Revs have their highest win total in the second half since the 2012 season. The Revs have blasted a league-leading 28 homers in 18 games in September. The Revs have now scored 10 runs or more 10 times this season, all since August 8. They have scored five runs or more in an inning 16 times with 11 of those outbursts occurring since August 7. With two sac bunts, Valdez extends his own club records for a season (26) and career (46). Patterson tied a season-high for a Revs batter by scoring three runs. York righty Matt Neil (3-8, 4.48) starts Sunday's finale against Somerset right-hander Will Oliver (6-1, 2.94) at 2 p.m. It is Red Land Little League Day as the Revs honor the United States champions on-field prior to the game, and wear replica Red Land jerseys that will be auctioned during the game with proceeds benefiting Red Land Little League.