No matter how many innings it took, or how late into the night it lasted, Thursday's game at Harbor Yard was one that the York Revolution couldn't afford to lose.
With the Lancaster Barnstormers already winning earlier in the night, York needed to somehow pull out an extra-innings, road victory against the Bridgeport Bluefish. And on one swing, Andres Perez did just that.
With the game deadlocked in a 2-2 stalemate in the top of the 13th, Perez delivered a bases-clearing double, giving the Revs (18-15) a 5-2 advantage that would end up being the final score.
Despite bringing the tying run to the plate, Luis Perdomo earned the win for York, pitching the final two innings of the game. Chad Povich ended up taking the loss for Bridgeport (19-14), giving up all three runs in the 13th, despite not one of them being earned. In total, out of the five runs the Revs scored, only one was earned.
York fell behind to begin the game, spotting the Bluefish a 2-0 lead after the second inning. However, the Revs immediately began their comeback bid, with Mikey Reynolds scoring an unearned run on a sacrifice fly by Wilson Valdez. York then tied the game in the top of the seventh on a Telvin Nash leadoff home run off of Erik Draxton. It was his third homer of the year.
From there, the two teams played five straight scoreless innings before Perez delivered the eventual game-winning double. The three-run double gives Perez a team-high 55 RBIs on the season.
Frank Gailey wound up only pitching four innings for the Revs, allowing two runs, both earned, on six hits and striking out five. Then, one night after playing a 10-inning game against Lancaster that also included a 1 hour, 13 minute rain delay, the York bullpen was lights out on Thursday. Six relievers combined to pitch nine shutout innings, allowing seven hits and two walks, while striking out six.
Offensively for the Revs, Perez led all players in the game with three RBIs, while Nash and Reynolds each had team-high, three-hit nights. Salvador Paniagua was the only other multi-hit player for York, going 2-for-5.
With the win, the Revs stayed four games back of the Barnstormers in the Atlantic League Freedom Division and get their current eight-game road trip off to an inspiring start.
The second game of the four-game series against Bridgeport is set for Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Harbor Yard.