One night after the York Revolution enjoyed a wild, walk-off victory over the Sugar Land Skeeters, the team enjoyed one of its most complete performances of the season on Thursday at Santander Stadium.
Playing in a matinee game that began at 11 a.m., York's pitching, hitting and defense finally aligned, leading the team to a 5-1 win over Sugar Land. The victory also earned the Revs (3-4 in the Atlantic League second half) a series split in the four-game set against the Skeeters (3-5).
From the very beginning, York starter Rommie Lewis was in full control, and the defense and offense were there to back him up.
After both teams were held at bay offensively, the Revs broke open the game in the middle innings. York scored twice in the bottom of the fifth on back-to-back fielder's choices by Mikey Reynolds and Wilson Valdez to open up a 2-0 advantage. The Revs widened their lead in the following frame thanks to a Bryan Pounds solo home run. The RBI was Pounds' fourth over the last two games.
Then, after giving an unearned run back in the top of the sixth, York put the game to bed in the bottom of the eighth with back-to-back RBI singles by Nick Ferdinand and Andres Perez to open up a 5-1 advantage.
Newly acquired Ron Schreurs made his first appearance for the Revs in the top of the ninth, striking out the side in order.
Lewis improved to 6-7 on the year, tossing 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits, a walk and striking out seven. Tony Pena, Ty'Relle Harris and Schreurs combined to record the final eight outs, allowing one hit in the process.
Five different York hitters drove in the team's five runs, while seven of the nine starters recorded a hit. Perez's RBI single in the eighth also tied him with James Shanks for the Revs' franchise hits record with 383. He also stands at 600 career bases, just five shy of Scott Grimes' franchise record.
Sugar Land starter Sean Gallagher took the loss, surrendering two runs, both earned, on three hits, two walks and three strikeouts in five innings. His record tumbled to 1-8 on the year, despite sporting a respectable 3.40 ERA.
With the win, York also climbs out of last place in the Freedom Division.
After beginning the second half of the season with a 3-4 homestand, the Revs now hit the road for seven games, beginning with a three-game series against the rival Lancaster Barnstormers.
First pitch for the next chapter of the War of the Roses for the Community Cup is at 7 p.m. Friday at Lancaster's Clipper Magazine Stadium.