Revs take three of four from Bees in opening series
Eventually, the offense will come for the York Revolution.
For now, however, the Revs will take the early-season wins any way they come. Sunday, York (3-1) completed a season-opening series win at the expansion New Britain Bees, winning another close game, 3-2 at New Britain Stadium.
The win Sunday capped off a strong opening weekend for the Revs, who won three of the four games, including two that were decided by one run. In all, three of the four games were one-run games, with York going 2-1 in those contests. The only game that wasn't decided by a single run was the Revs' 3-1 win on Saturday.
In Sunday's contest, York jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and then held on for the victory. Leading 2-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, New Britain (1-3) pulled to within one run on the franchise's first-ever home run by Anthony Hewitt. However, the Revs answered right back in the top of the eighth to regain a two-run lead, but gave it back in the bottom half of the frame. In the ninth, the Bees got the tying run just 90 feet away from home plate, but closer Mike DeMark recorded his third save of the early season, inducing a fly out to center field to complete the four-out save.
Joel Guzman got the scoring started for York with an RBI single in the top of the third, driving in Michael Rockett for an early 1-0 lead. The Revs extended their lead in the following inning after Isaias Tejada scored on a sacrifice fly by Salvador Paniagua. Once Hewitt's home run made it a one-run game again, James Simmons scored an unearned run in the top of the eighth on a single by Jason Repko to push York's lead to 3-1. In the bottom half of the inning, New Britain got to reliever Mike Click, forcing manager Mark Mason to turn to DeMark early to record the four-out save. However, he did allow one of his inherited runners to score to make it a one-run game. That was all the offense the Bees could muster the rest of the way.
Starting pitcher James Simmons dazzled for the Revs in his team debut, lasting six innings and picking up the win, allowing no runs on three hits and striking out six. He faced just three batters over the minimum. Tyrelle Harris allowed an earned run in his only inning of work, but did strike out two. Click lasted just two-thirds of an inning, credited with allowing the second New Britain run on two hits. DeMark allowed two hits in his outing, striking out one.
Offensively, York got RBIs from Repko and Guzman and a multi-hit performance from Simmons.
The Revs kept pace with the strong Freedom Division. Of the four teams in the Atlantic League with at least three wins after the opening weekend, three are in the Freedom Division — York, Lancaster (3-1) and Sugar Land (3-0).
The Revs will now travel to Somerset to face the Patriots in a quick two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday to complete their five-game road trip to open the year before returning for their home opener on Thursday night. Tuesday's first pitch is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start at TD Bank Ballpark.