Revs lose 11-8 slugfest to New Britain on Wednesday
Scoring eight runs in a baseball game will get you a victory more times than not.
Wednesday was not one of those times for the York Revolution. The Revs dropped an 11-8 decision to the New Britain Bees at PeoplesBank Park.
The difference came in the eighth inning, when the two sides had already traded leads on a number of occasions, but this time, New Britain (8-11) finally strung together a rally that would hold up. The Bees stung for five runs in the top of the inning, the crucial blow coming on a three-run homer by Jovan Rosa off of York reliever Ron Schreurs to cap off the five-run barrage and turn a 7-6 deficit into an 11-7 lead. The Revs (12-8) only managed one more run in the bottom half of the frame and their attempt at a rally came up short.
The two teams combined for 19 runs and 24 hits and saw the lead change hands on four different occasions.
York jumped out to the quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an Andres Perez home run. After New Britain tied the game at 1-1 after three innings, the Revs regained the advantage with a three-run bottom of the fourth after Isaias Tejeda drove in two runs on a single and then Perez brought in Jason Repko with a sac fly. But, the Bees scored three times in the top of the fifth to level the score again, which was immediately answered by York in the bottom half of the frame with a run to take a 5-4 lead.
That's when the see-saw in leads began. New Britain followed with a two-run top of the sixth to inch ahead 6-5, followed by a two-run bottom of the seventh by the Revs for a 7-6 lead, setting the stage for the Bees' big eighth-inning rally.
Tyrelle Harris took the loss for York, being the pitcher of record who began the eighth. Schruers relieved him in the frame.
Revs' starter Mike McClendon started for the first time in eight days, allowing four runs, three earned, in 4 1/3 innings on six hits and three strikeouts.
Keith Castillo joined Perez and Tejeda with a team-high of two RBIs for York.
The Revs and the New Britain will conclude their series on Thursday with a 6:30 p.m. game at PeoplesBank Park.