A two-run triple by Kevin Russo in the top of the ninth broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Sugar Land Skeeters a 4-2 Atlantic League victory over the York Revolution on Thursday night in front of 4,378 fans at Santander Stadium.
The shot came with one out in the final frame off of York closer Josh Judy, plating Delwyn Young and Joe Benson. The Revs (23-44), who sit in last place in the Freedom Division, brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom half of the inning, but a groundout by Nick Ferdinand and then a strikeout by Yeicok Calderon sqaushed any comeback hopes and sent York to its third straight defeat.
The Revs got the scoring started in their first at-bat, courtesy of a sac fly by Ferdinand, plating Shannon Wilkerson to open up a 1-0 lead. After Sugar Land (35-32) tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth, York instantly responded, reclaiming the lead on a Salvador Paniagua RBI fielder's choice. But, reliever Beau Vaughan couldn't keep the Skeeters off the scoreboard in the fifth, surrendering a game-tying home run by Chris Wallace.
The game seemed destined for extra innings, going scoreless over the next 3 1/2 innings before Russo's triple broke the deadlock in the ninth.
Revs' starter Shawn Hill only lasted four innings, allowing one earned run on five hits, a walk and three strikeouts. The home run Vaughn surrendered was the only mistake he made in his one inning of relief. Edward Paredes, Mike DeMark and Stephen Penney each tossed scoreless innings to get the game tied to Judy in the ninth, but he gave up two runs, both earned, on three hits while falling to 2-2 on the season.
Eric Patterson raised his batting average to .242 with a 3-for-5 night at the plate for York, while Bryan Pounds' 2-for-3 night was the only other multi-hit game for the Revs, who left 11 men on base.
Andrew Johnston wound up with the win for Sugar Land, pitching a scoreless eighth. Hunter Cervenka recorded his first save of the year by closing out things in the ninth.
Smith retires: Before the game, the Revs announced that outfielder Sean Smith had retired. He was hitting .193 this season. He was best known for a memorable limp around the bases following a game-tying home run during the 2014 Atlantic League Championship Series. He hit the home run in the eighth inning of Game 3, tearing his right ACL during the play. He immediately collapsed before getting up and limping around the bases, garnering national attention.