There was a brief moment in the sixth inning of Monday night's game between the York Revolution and Sugar Land Skeeters that made it appear that this second-half York squad had a different mind-set than the team that stumbled through the first half.
Trailing 3-0, the Revs (1-3) plated two runners to make it a one-run game. They had all the momentum on their side. Then, York quickly reminded everyone in attendance that, despite this being a fresh start to the season, it was still the same team that went 24-46 in the first half.
Sugar Land scored five times over the final three innings to break the game open and turn it into a rout, winning 8-2 in front of 2,482 fans at Santander Stadium.
After regaining their three-run advantage with two runs in the top of the seventh, the Skeeters (2-3) didn't even give the Revs a shot at a ninth-inning rally, courtesy of a three-run home run by Chris Wallace in the top half of the inning to make it 8-2. All three runs driven in off of York reliever Josh Judy were unearned.
After spotting Sugar Land a 3-0 lead, York got back into the game on a Nick Ferdinand RBI double and a Yeicok Calderon RBI single. But the offense went dry after that and the pitching faltered.
Frank Gailey started on the hill for the Revs, lasting only 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. Tony Pena relieved Gailey, giving up the third Skeeters run, but recorded five outs, three of which were strikeouts. Tyrelle Harris had a rough appearance for York, allowing two runs, both earned, on two hits and two walks, while only recording two outs in the seventh. Edward Paredes recorded the final out and then Stephen Penney pitched a clean eighth inning.
Ferdinand recorded the only multi-hit game for the Revs, going 2-for-3.
Matt Wright earned the win for Sugar Land, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on six hits, with two walks and eight strikeouts. Three relievers for the Skeeters held York to only one hit over the final 3 1/3 innings of play.
The two sides will play the second game of the four-game series on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Santander Stadium.