Heading into the ninth inning of Tuesday's game against the Bridgeport Bluefish, it looked like the York Revolution was headed for another disappointing road defeat.
York, with the best record in the Atlantic League, was taking on a Bridgeport team that was tied for the worst record in the league. Still, York trailed 7-2 going into the final frame. With one out, however, Alfredo Marte scored on a bases-loaded walk. Michael Rockett and Joel Guzman then scored to make it 7-5, and all of a sudden the Revs had a legitimate rally going, still with just one out. That was followed by an RBI single by Andres Perez to make it 7-6. Then, to cap it off, Bryan Pounds launched a three-run home run to complete the improbable comeback, completing the seven-run inning and helping York to the 9-7 victory over the Bluefish at Harbor Yard.
Mike DeMark cleaned up the rest, nailing down his league-leading 13th save in the bottom half of the inning in 1-2-3 fashion. The comeback set two new franchise records, first as the largest ninth-inning comeback (five runs) and biggest ninth inning (seven runs).
York improved to 8-10 on the road.
The game got off to an inauspicious start for the Revs (24-15). Starter James Simmons allowed four first-inning runs to Bridgeport (13-25) to put York immediately behind the eight ball. The Revs chipped away at the lead in the top of the third, when Marte ripped a two-run home run to get York on the board and cut its deficit in half.
At that point, Simmons settled in, making it into the sixth inning before he surrendered another run to put the Revs behind 5-2. Two more Bluefish runs in the bottom of the seventh made it 7-2 and got Simmons lifted from the contest, apparently staring his second loss of the year in the face.
But a clean bottom of the eighth by reliever Beau Vaughan got York into the ninth still down by just five and gave it the hope it needed to pull off the record comeback. The Revs pounded out six one-out hits in the top of the ninth, finishing the night with 14 hits in total. Rockett and Pounds each had three-hit games, while Marte and Perez had two-hit performances. Pounds also led the team with three RBIs, all coming on his game-winning homer, while Marte and Castillo each drove in two runs.
Simmons had his worst start of the night on the mound for York, allowing seven runs, all earned, on 12 hits, three walks and four strikeouts in seven innings. Vaughan picked up the win with his clean eighth, allowing just a hit, and DeMark remained perfect on the year in saves, while also keeping his unblemished ERA intact.
With the win, the Revs kept their two-game Freedom Division lead in place over the Sugar Land Skeeters.
The second game of the three-game series is slated for a 7:12 p.m. start on Wednesday night at Harbor Yard.