Smith's homer helps Revs earn 15-inning win in longest game in franchise history
Sean Smith led off the top of the 15th inning with a home run to left field, helping the York Revolution to a 4-3 victory over the Long Island Ducks on Sunday afternoon.
It was the longest game, in terms of innings, in franchise history. The game was played in front of 5,117 fans at Bethpage Ballpark. The Revs have won a season-best four consecutive games, three of which have gone extra innings.
York will continue its road trip with the middle game of the series against the Ducks on Monday night.
Smith's blast ended a lengthy stalemate. Neither team had scored since Andres Perez had crushed a game-tying home run for the Revs in the top of the sixth. Playing in his third game since returning from a horrific knee injury, it was Smith's first home run since his dramatic game-tying homer in Game 3 of last year's Division Series, during which Smith suffered his injury. Just more than eight months removed from surgery, it capped a 3-for-5 performance at the plate in Sunday's game.
Facing a quick turnaround with an early start after an 11-inning win in Camden the night before, the Revs fell behind early when Jon Griffin lined a two-run single to right-center with two outs in the first, spotting the Ducks a 2-0 lead.
York scored in the third inning, when Willie Cabrera led off with a single to left and Smith bunted for a base hit. With two outs, Ducks starter Ian Marshall uncorked a wild pitch and catcher Jose Morales later committed a passed ball allowing Cabrera to score, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
Revs starter Anthony Lerew worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the third, but allowed a fourth-inning run on a fielder's choice grounder by Bryan Sabatella, with the Ducks extending their lead to 3-1.
The Revs inched back when Luis De La Cruz and Cabrera led off the fifth with singles, Smith laid down a sacrifice bunt and Eric Patterson followed with an RBI groundout, bringing York within 3-2.
Perez launched his second home run of the season, a solo shot high off the left-center video board in the sixth inning, tying the game at 3-3.
Lerew, a Northern York High School graduate, allowed three runs over 5.1 innings in a no-decision, turning it over to a bullpen, which logged a team-record 9 2/3 innings in the game, all scoreless. Seven different relievers combined on the lockdown effort.
Josh Judy fired a quick 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the 15th for his seventh save in as many tries.
Notes: York used eight pitchers, one short of a team single-game record, while the Ducks used 10 pitchers. It marked the second time in two weeks that the Ducks have used 10 pitchers in a game against York, and third time they've used nine or more. ... There were a combined 403 pitches thrown in the game (York-202, Long Island-201). ... Stephen Penney's appearance marked the 180th of his Revs career, one shy of tying Corey Thurman's club record. ... York had previously played five games that lasted 14 innings, losing all five. ... At 4 hours and 35 minutes, it was the sixth-longest game, in terms of time, in club history. ... York is now 3-1 overall in extra-inning games this season. It is the second time in club history the Revs have won back-to-back games in extra innings (also July 25-26, 2009) and the first time they've done so by identical scores. ... With four straight wins on the road, the streak is one shy of tying a team record for longest road winning streak. The Revs have won 11 of their last 14 on the road. Their 11 road wins in the month of May is a new club record for road wins in a month. ... York improves to 5-3 in one-run games, having won three straight one-run games and four of five one-run games in the past week. ... The Revs stay tied for second place with Sugar Land, moving within six games of first place Southern Maryland at 15-20. ... The Revs will call on righty Matt Neil (1-2, 5.57) in Monday's game, opposed by Long Island right-hander John Brownell (4-1, 3.21). First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.