The York Revolution put an end to their losing streak on Memorial Day evening, holding off the Somerset Patriots for a 5-4 victory at Santander Stadium.
The win snaps a six-game losing streak and the Revs avoided being swept on their seven-game homestand. It also ended an 11-game home losing skid.
"It's good to win, it's good to break that streak," manager Mark Mason said. "I thought, offensively, we did a really good job at the plate today. We probably could've pitched a little bit better in spots. The walk total was pretty high again, but, overall, I thought we battled and found a way to hold onto the lead and come out of it with a win."
York jumped ahead early, scoring twice in the first inning on a pair of two-out RBI singles by Bryan Pounds and Andres Perez, grabbing an early 2-0 lead. York added another run in the second inning when Wilson Valdez legged out an attempted double play for an RBI fielder's choice and a 3-0 lead. The lead grew in the fourth when Mikey Reynolds reached on an infield single to lead off the inning, stole second and scored on a Valdez single to right to make it 4-0.
Somerset scored its only run off Revs' starter Anthony Lerew in the fifth inning when James Skelton delivered an RBI single to right. The Northern York High School graduate avoided further damage, retiring the third through fifth hitters in order to strand two additional runners.
York responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth on a Luis De La Cruz RBI double high off the left-center fence, building a 5-1 lead.
Somerset clawed back with a pair of runs in the sixth inning, scoring on an RBI double to left-center by Robert Andino and an RBI single to right-center from Scott Cousins, trimming York's lead to 5-3. Reliever Leyson Septimo entered to record the final out and strand a pair of runners, however, while also tossing a perfect seventh.
Stephen Penney came up big out of the Revs' bullpen in the eighth, striking out the side to leave the tying two runners at second and third base.
The Revs held on for the narrow victory in the ninth inning, after the Patriots built an immediate threat. Thomas Neal led off with a single off the Arch Nemesis and Chris Marrero followed with a base hit down the left-field line. The play was disputed by Revs' manager Mark Mason after the ball made contact with Somerset's bullpen catcher, but Marrero was awarded a double, giving Somerset runners at second and third with no outs. Mat Gamel followed with an RBI groundout to second, moving the tying run to third with one out. Revs' closer Josh Judy then came up with a huge strikeout of David Vidal for the second out. Nate Spears then drove a fly ball deep to left field, but Revs' left fielder Brandon Boggs made a great running grab against the wall to secure the victory, helping Judy notch his fifth save.
"I think guys were down," Mason said, talking about the home losing streak. "They were down. They were working hard and, at times, over thinking and not relaxed. It's a hard game to play when you're not having any fun and when you're losing, you're not having any fun."
Lerew (3-1) earned the win, allowing just one run and three hits over five innings, surviving an uncharacteristic five walks. Offensively, Valdez and Andres Perez were the only two members of York's lineup to record multi-hit games, despite every starter getting at least one base knock.
Patriots starter Lucas Irvine (1-4) took the loss, charged with four runs on nine hits over four innings.
The Revs will look to continue their road success, having won seven of their last nine on the road, when they begin a seven-game road trip in Camden on Wednesday night.
"We play well on the road," Mason said. "So, I'm expecting a good road trip and we just have to do whatever to win ballgames."