Once Thursday night's game between the York Revolution and Somerset Patriots got to extra innings, it just felt like one that York was going to lose.
But, knowing that every game from here on out is crucial to their playoff hopes, the Revs mounted a two-out rally in the top of the 11th. Mikey Reynolds delivered a two-out double and then Wilson Valdez brought him home on an error by the shortstop, giving York a one-run lead. Beau Vaughan then entered in the bottom half of the inning and shut the door on Somerset (25-22), clinching the 5-4 win for the Revs at TD Bank Ballpark.
The Revs (26-20) held a 4-1 lead entering the bottom of the ninth and starting pitcher Frank Gailey retired the first two batters of the frame easily. Then, with two outs, Somerset mounted a rally, knocking Gailey out of the game and then tagging reliever Luis Perdomo, eventually tying the game at 4-4.
It was a sure win that, for the moment, looked like it had gotten from York; and as the game entered bonus baseball, all the momentum seemed to be on the Patriots' side.
The win kept York only 2 1/2 games back of the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Freedom Division standings.
The Revs got the game's scoring started in the top of the third on an RBI fielder's choice by Valdez, scoring Reynolds from third after he tripled. But, Gailey gave the run right back in the bottom of the inning, his only real slip up for much of the night.
York responded with another run in the top of the fourth on an RBI by Yeicok Calderon, scoring Bryan Pounds from third, giving the Revs a 2-1 lead. They extended their lead to 3-1 on a Telvin Nash RBI double in the top of the sixth, scoring Eric Patterson. Then, already with a slight cushion, York added some insurance in the top of the ninth, when Pounds scored on an error. The 4-1 advantage looked to be plenty as Gailey trotted out for the ninth to finish his complete game, but he never got there.
Jonny Tucker got the Patriots to within 4-2 with an RBI single and then, one batter later, they tied it at 4-4, when Robert Andino doubled in Tucker and Nate Spears to tie the game at 4-4 and send it to extras.
Gailey pitched a strong game for the Revs, lasting 8 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on 10 hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Perdomo only recorded one out — the final one of the ninth — but was on the hook for on run on two hits and a walk. Ron Schreurs wound up earning the win by pitching a perfect bottom of the 10th. He improves to 3-0 on the year. Then, Vaughan picked up his first save of the year with a perfect bottom of the 11th.
Calderon led York with three hits on the night, while Reynolds and Pounds each scored two runs.
The second game of the four-game series is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Friday at TD Bank Ballpark.