Telvin Nash drilled his first home run of the season and six York Revolution pitchers kept the New Britain Bees frustrated in a 3-1 York victory at New Britain Stadium on Saturday night. The Revs have taken two of the first three in the season-opening series which concludes on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m.
In a third consecutive low-scoring affair to open the season, the Revs jumped on top in the first and rode that lead to victory much like on Opening Night. Again it was Jason Repko jumpstarting things, chopping a leadoff single to left. Josh Wilson followed with a line drive single to left on an 0-2 pitch. After a double play, Nash jumped on his own 0-2 offering and launched a two-run homer off the scoreboard in left for a 2-0 lead. Dating to last season, it marked Nash’s ninth home run in his last 19 games.
Revs pitchers fought all night to maintain the lead, stranding 13 runners including multiple runners in six separate frames. New Britain managed multiple runners in seven of nine innings, but the Bees were held to just one run for the second straight night, as Revs pitching has allowed just five total runs through the first three games.
Starter Matt Neil worked four innings, allowing just one run on four hits. Neil’s greatest escape came in the second inning, when an error, a walk, and a single loaded the bases with no outs. The righty induced a 5-2-3 double play from Steve Carrillo, and then received help from first baseman Andres Perez who made a diving stop along the line to save two runs, ending the inning.
The Bees got on the board in the fourth as Brandon Chaves and James Skelton (infield hit) led off with singles. Carrillo sacrificed both runners along, and Jon Jones followed with a sacrifice fly cutting York’s lead to 2-1. For the second straight night, a Jones sac fly was the only scoring allowed by York pitching.
Tony Pena (1-0) entered with two on and no outs in the fifth, and struck out Jovan Rosa, Anthony Hewitt, and Chaves in order in a dominant inning to pick up the win. Pena also tossed a scoreless sixth.
Wes Alsup rebounded after allowing two runs in the opener to work a quick 1-2-3 seventh inning.
Ty’Relle Harris allowed a single to Chaves and a walk to Skelton with two outs in the eighth but caught pinch-hitter Norberto Susini looking to cap a nine-pitch battle.
Mike DeMark claimed his second save with a scoreless ninth, striking out Rosa with the tying runs in scoring position to end it. A two-out bloop double by Kevin Rivers had put runners at second and third before DeMark nailed down the victory.
The Revs plated an insurance run in the eighth inning for the 3-1 lead. Michael Rockett ripped a one-out single to right for York’s first hit since the fourth inning. Repko then reached on an error, and Wilson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Perez cashed in on a sacrifice fly to right, as the Revs’ all-time leader in RBI notched his 250th in a Revolution uniform.
Bees starter Cole Johnson (0-1) was solid in defeat, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings.
Notes: Revs starting pitchers have allowed just one run in each of the first three games, and a total of three runs on just seven hits in 14.0 innings. York’s defense turned just one double play in the first two games, but completed three double plays in Saturday’s win. Nash’s home run is the only home run for either team through the first three games. York righty James Simmons faces New Britain right-hander Josh Zeid on Sunday afternoon. Revs fans can catch the action live on SportsRadio 1350, woyk1350.com, and on the WOYK mobile app beginning at 1:15 p.m. with Darrell Henry on the call.