Monday's rain turned out to be a soggy blessing for the York Revolution.
With storms in the forecast and expected to hit at some point during York's Atlantic League game against the Bridegport Bluefish, the Revs (6-6) made sure to jump out to an early lead. Then, all they had to do is try to get through at least 4 1/2 innings to make it an official game and secure the win.
Well, the Revs did just that, winning a 4-1 rain-shortened result over Bridgeport at PeoplesBank Park, in a contest lasting just seven innings. The game was called after the second rain delay of the night.
Michael Rockett got York on the board in the bottom of the second, driving in two runs on a two-out single to put the home side up 2-0. The Bluefish (5-6) responded with a run of their own in the top of the third, but the Revs responded in the bottom of the fourth. Joel Guzman hit a leadoff home run to make it 3-1 and then Bryan Pounds scored on a sacrifice fly by Salvador Paniagua to make it 4-1.
At that point, York needed to get just three more Bridgeport outs to make the game official, which it did before the skies opened up, causing the first rain delay of the night.
After a 50-minute rain delay, the two teams resumed play in the bottom of the fifth and made it through the seventh inning before even stronger storms forced the tarp to come out for a second time, before the game was finally called after a 30-minute delay.
Kelvin De La Cruz earned the win for the Revs, tossing five innings of one-run ball on just five hits before exiting the game because of the first rain delay. Tony Pena relieved him following the game's restart, pitching two innings of scoreless ball, allowing just one hit and striking out four.
Guzman and James Simmons both had two-hit nights for York, while Rockett provided the only multi-RBI performance with his two-run single.
With the win, the Revs improved to 3-2 on their current eight-game home stand.
The second game of the four-game series is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at PeoplesBank Park — weather permitting. There's a chance of rain again on Tuesday.