The York Revolution spoiled the New Britain Bees' inaugural Atlantic League game on Thursday night, securing a 4-3 victory at New Britain Stadium to open the year in winning fashion.
York (1-0) wasted little time getting its bats started in 2016, scoring in the first inning to grab an early 1-0 lead. It ultimately turned out to be a lead that the Revs would never relinquish, although things did get dicey late in the contest.
York eventually built a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, but when Wes Alsup failed to retire any of the three New Britain batters he faced, it quickly looked like the Bees were about to have some inaugural-game magic. But, newly acquired Michael Click came in and cleaned up the damage, only allowing one of the two runners he inherited to score, helping the Revs escape the eighth with a 4-3 lead still in tact.
After going quietly in the top of the ninth, manager Mark Mason turned to Mike DeMark to close things out, which he did easily, recording a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the final batter he faced to pick up the save.
Andres Perez got the scoring started for York in the top of the first, scoring Jason Repko from third after grounding into a double play. Repko then made it 2-0 with an RBI fielder's choice in the top of the fourth. After New Britain got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, James Simmons got the Revs their two-run cushion back with an RBI fielder's choice in the top of the fifth. Michael Rockett ultimately provided the eventual game-winning run with an RBI fielder's choice in the top of the eighth. York had the bases loaded with nobody out in the inning and only managed the single run.
Repko opened with a 2-for-5 night, while Bryan Pounds also had a two-hit night.
Kelvin De La Cruz picked up the win for York, pitching two scoreless innings in relief of starter Mike McClendon. De La Cruz allowed two hits and a walk in two innings while striking out three. McClendon went four innings and allowed one earned run on two hits, with three walks and six strikeouts. Alsup gave up two earned runs on three hits and didn't record an out. Click and DeMark went on to record the final six outs, allowing just one hit and striking out two.
The Revs and Bees will be back in action on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at New Britain Stadium.