York earns dramatic victory, but still can't gain ground on Lancaster
Monday night's win by the York Revolution was a perfect example of just how well things are going for York at the moment.
The Revs already had wins in the first three games of a series against the Bridgeport Bluefish. A fourth victory and a series sweep, however, looked out of the question late in Sunday's finale. The Revs (32-24) trailed 7-4 heading to the bottom of the ninth, but a four-run frame gave York the 8-7 walk-off victory over Bridgeport (27-30) in front of 3,762 fans at Santander Stadium.
The inning started with the first five York batters reaching base. The fourth of the inning, Telvin Nash, brought the first run in after getting hit by a pitch, trimming the Revs' deficit to only 7-5. Then, Salvador Paniagua roped a single, scoring Bryan Pounds and Brandon Boggs, tying the game at 7-7. After a sacrifice bunt by Nick Ferdinand moved Paniagua and pinch runner Mikey Reynolds into scoring position, James Simmons ended the game with a walk-off single, scoring Reynolds.
The win capped a 5-2 homestand for York, which ended with the four-game winning streak. Still, the Revs remained 4 1/2 games behind the Lancaster Barnstormers for first place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division standings. Lancaster beat Camden on Sunday, 2-1. York has just 13 games left in the regular season.
York fell behind early in the game after the Bluefish scored three times in the top of the second. The Revs got one of those runs right back with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the inning by Pounds. However, two more runs in the top of the third by Bridgeport gave it a 5-1 advantage. York clawed back, however, scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 5-3 game. Pounds then led off the bottom of the fifth with his second homer of the night. His two-homer game gives him 13 on the year and brought the Revs to within one at 5-4.
York's comeback attempt looked like it would come up short when the Bluefish scored twice in the top of the seventh, pushing their lead back to 7-4. The Revs were fortunate to get out of the inning only down by three after reliever Beau Vaughan failed to record an out before being pulled after facing four hitters. But a strikeout and a double play induced by Edward Paredes got York out of it with minimal damage. Ron Schreurs wound up earning the win, pitching the final two innings, only allowing a hit. York starter Frank Gailey went six innings, allowing five runs, all earned, on six hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.
Patrick Mincey took the loss for Bridgeport, recording just one out in the ninth, allowing four runs, all earned, on four hits and a walk.
Offensively for the Revs, Wilson Valdez had a game-high four hits, while Pounds and Simmons each tallied three.
York will now embark on its final road trip of the regular season, beginning with a three-game series against the Somerset Patriots. First pitch in Tuesday's game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium.