Jorge Martinez was superb in his 2016 season debut, but the York Revolution suffered its first loss of the season 1-0 on Friday night at New Britain Stadium, as the New Britain Bees edged out the first win in their franchise’s history.
In his first start with the Revolution since the 2014 postseason, Martinez (0-1) allowed just one hit in six innings but the offense was unable to turn it into a victory. York out-hit New Britain 5-3 for the game, but Martinez’ only hiccup of the night was magnified as the Bees scratched out the game’s lone run in the third.
Having retired each of his first six batters, Martinez lost Anthony Hewitt to a leadoff walk, and James Skelton followed with an opposite field single to left-center. Ninth place hitter Steve Carrillo sacrificed both runners along, paving the way for Jon Jones’ sac fly to right, scoring Hewitt for the only run the Bees would need. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases, but Martinez retired cleanup hitter Kevin Rivers on a first pitch popup, beginning a stretch of 10 consecutive batters retired to complete his outing.
Mariel Checo made his York debut in the seventh, striking out the side to work around a pair of singles, leaving two in scoring position. Michael Click turned in a scoreless eighth for the second time in as many nights, maneuvering past two errors and a walk to induce an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded, keeping the Revs within one swing.
York rallied with two outs in the ninth, as Joel Guzman laced a double to left-center and Bryan Pounds worked a walk. Down to their final strike for the third consecutive at-bat against closer Craig Stem, James Simmons connected on a sharp ground ball along the third base line that eluded the backhand attempt of Jovan Rosa. The ball nearly rolled into the York dugout which would have resulted in a tie score. Attempting to capitalize on the scramble, Guzman made a break for the plate but Rosa recovered to make an accurate throw to Skelton, as Guzman was tagged out on his slide to end the contest.
The Revs were unable to solve Bees starter Nick Greenwood (1-0) who allowed four hits and one walk over six scoreless innings, striking out seven. The lefty stranded five, including four runners at second base.
York’s offense moved a runner into scoring position with less than two outs three times in four innings but could not cash in. Michael Rockett and Jason Repko reached on back-to-back singles in the third, while Isaias Tejeda and Andres Perez ripped one-out doubles in the fifth and sixth, respectively. Greenwood managed to turn the Revs aside each time.
Notes: Revs starting pitchers have allowed just three hits and two runs through a combined 10.0 innings the first two games. The combined score between the two teams through two contests is 4-4, with York having won the season opener 4-3 on Thursday night. The Revs fall to 7-7 all-time in 1-0 decisions. The three hits allowed is just one more than the team record for fewest hits allowed in a loss; York held Lancaster to two hits in a 1-0 loss in 2013. Revs righty Matt Neil makes his season debut on Saturday night, opposite New Britain right hander Cole Johnson. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.