Revs return home mired in three-game losing streak
Blowing a 3-0 lead in the eighth inning was bad enough.
Losing on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th only added insult to injury.
That's how the York Revolution lost the second game of Wednesday's day-night doubleheader against the Somerset Patriots, falling 4-3 in 11 innings at TD Bank Ballpark. The loss completed a three-game sweep at the hands of Somerset (7-0) for York (3-4).
The Patriots loaded the bases with just one out in the bottom of the 11th and then scored the game-winning run on Daniel Carela's wild pitch, sending the Revs into their home opener on Thursday mired in a three-game losing streak.
It looked as if York was going to be the first team to upend Somerset this year. It took a 3-0 lead into the eighth. However, for the second time this season, Wes Alsup failed to record an out when facing at least three hitters to start the eighth, allowing the Patriots to tie the game at 3-3. The two teams played two scoreless frames after that before Somerset scored the winning run.
After losing the morning game, 5-0, the Revs kicked off the second game in a good fashion, scoring in the top of the first. Josh Wilson launched a solo homer as just the second batter of the day to give York the quick 1-0 lead. The Revs added to that lead in the top of the fourth on an Andres Perez RBI double, plating Wilson to make it 2-0. Then, in the eighth, James Simmons made it 3-0 York by scoring an unearned run on a Jason Repko single. At the time, that seemed to be plenty, but Somerset showed why it's not just unbeaten on the season, but also the defending Atlantic League champion.
Alsup took over for reliever Tony Pena to begin the eighth, but allowed two walks and then a single to the first three batters he faced, earning a quick hook from manager Mark Mason. By the time the inning ended, he was credited with all three runs allowed.
York starter Mariel Checo pitched a strong game, tossing five innings of shutout ball on just one hit and two walks, with five strikeouts. Pena then pitched two perfect innings before giving way to Alsup. Michael Click relieved Alsup in the eighth and got the Revs out of the inning tied and then Beau Vaughan and Ron Schreurs each put up zeroes in the ninth and 10th to get it to the 11th. However, Carela ran into a jam and couldn't escape it, taking the loss.
Wilson, Perez and Simmons each had two-hit nights for York.
Opener: In the first game of the day, the Revs stayed within striking distance of the Patriots until the sixth. That's when Somerset broke open the game, scoring four times to turn a 1-0 lead into a 5-0 advantage.
The Patriots sent eight guys to the plate in the inning and forced starter Mike McClendon from the game. The insurance was plenty for the Somerset, which only allowed five hits all game. McClendon took the loss, allowing all five runs, four earned, in 5 1/3 innings, on nine hits, a walk and three strikeouts.
Jason Repko was the only York hitter to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.
The Revs now return to York for their home opener on Thursday after beginning the season with seven straight road contests. Thursday's game at the newly-named PeoplesBank Park is set for a 6:35 p.m. start against the Sugar Land Skeeters, but will be preceded by a ceremony recognizing some of the organization's most memorable players to honor the team's 10th year in existence.