Revs earn doubleheader split with Bluefish
The York Revolution and Bridgeport Bluefish already played one, seven-inning game earlier on Sunday, so what trouble would another game, this one an extra-inning affair, be?
In the second game of Sunday's doubleheader, York walked off in the 10th inning for a 4-3 victory. Andres Perez delivered a two-out single, scoring Shannon Wilkerson and sent the remaining fans of the announced 5,724 at Santander Stadium home satisfied after the Revs had dropped the opener, 5-3.
It was the Revs' (22-41) third walk-off win of the year.
The Bluefish (23-39) got the scoring started in the second game, taking a 2-0 advantage by hanging a crooked number up on York starter Shawn Hill in the second inning. But, the Revs gradually chipped away at the deficit, scoring a run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings to eventually take a 3-2 lead.
But in the top of the sixth, Stephen Penney surrendered a solo home run to John Alonso, tying the game at 3-3. Both teams were held off the scoreboard over the next three-plus innings, setting the stage for Perez' walk-off in the 10th.
The victory helped York avoid getting swept, but it still holds the worst record in the Atlantic League.
Hill lasted four innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on five hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Mike DeMark pitched a scoreless fifth in relief of Hill, but then Penney blew the hold opportunity by giving up the tying run on three hits in the sixth. After Penney, however, Josh Judy, Edward Paredes and Frank Gailey combined to throw four innings of shutout ball, allowing only three hits over that span, while striking out four. Gailey earned his first win with the Revs since joining the club on June 22.
Wilkerson, Perez and Wilson Valdez each had two-hit games for York, while Eric Patterson drove in two runs.
Nick Hill suffered his first loss of the season for Bridgeport, allowing the winning run to cross after only pitching 2/3 of an inning, giving up one run on one hit, two walks and a strikeout.
Game 1: In the opener, a rough first few innings for Revs' starter Rommie Lewis proved to be the difference.
Lewis surrendered all five runs Bridgeport would score in the game during the first three innings, en route to York dropping the contest, 5-3.
The 5-0 deficit provided too big of a hole for the Revs to climb out of, even more so with the game being shortened to only seven innings due to the doubleheader format. But, York battled back, posting two runs in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to a Telvin Nash RBI groundout and then a Bluefish error to move the score to 5-2.
The Revs got their final run on a Shannon Wilkerson RBI fielder's choice in the bottom of the sixth and seemed poised for more damage. But, York stranded the bases loaded — three of its 10 men left on base — and then were retired in order in the seventh before dropping game one.
Lewis fell to 4-6 on the year, yielding five runs, all earned, on 10 hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Beau Vaughan pitched the final 1 1/3 innings in relief of Lewis, giving up one hit and one walk and striking out two.
Luis De La Cruz led the Revs offensively, going 3-for-4 at the plate, the only York hitter to record a multi-hit game.
The Revs begin their final home series of the first half on Monday, when Sugar Land comes to town. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Santander Stadium.