At this point in the season, every game is a must-win game for the York Revolution.
With York entering play on Monday night trailing the Lancaster Barnstormers by 3 1/2 games in the Atlantic League Freedom Division standings and only seven games remaining, there wasn't really much room for error for the Revs.
So, Monday night's game against the Long Island Ducks was a must-win game and York delivered, earning a 5-2 victory in front of 2,482 fans at Santander Stadium. The win helped York keep pace with Lancaster, which also won on Monday night, knocking off the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, 3-1. Lancaster is 41-23, while York is 37-26.
With the game tied 2-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Revs scored three unanswered runs over their final two at-bats to claim the win. Andres Perez delivered what would be the eventual game-winning run, singling home Eric Patterson to give York a 3-2 advantage. It was a lead the Revs would only make larger, adding two more runs in the bottom of the eighth, courtesy of Telvin Nash's 10th home run of the year, a two-run blast, pushing York's lead to 5-2.
Josh Judy came in and nailed down the save, making quick work in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Long Island (33-30) struck first in the game, scoring in the top of the third inning on an Elmer Reyes solo home run to take a 1-0 lead. But, the Revs came right back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Bryan Pounds delivered a two-run single, scoring Wilson Valdez and Perez to put York right back in the lead at 2-1. After a scoreless fourth inning, the Ducks tied the game back up at 2-2 on an RBI double by Reyes in the top of the fifth.
That was all Revs starter Logan Williamson would allow, earning his eighth win of the year, going seven innings, allowing two earned runs, on seven hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. Tony Pena and Judy combined to get the final six outs, allowing just one hit and a walk in the process.
The win was York's ninth win in its last 12 games and keeps it 3 1/2 games back in the Freedom Division race with only six games left in the season.
Game 2 of the three-game series is set for Tuesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Santander Stadium.