York Revolution offense wakes up to down Long Island
On Tuesday night, one run was enough to get the York Revolution a win.
On Wednesday night, the Revs were going to need at least eight. Fortunately, they got 11. After playing in a pitchers' duel a night earlier, the bats stole the show on Wednesday night, with the Revs prevailing over the Long Island Ducks, 11-7, at PeoplesBank Park.
York (28-18) did all of its damage in the game's first four innings, and really, just in two frames. After spotting the Ducks (24-21) a 1-0 lead after the first inning, the Revs' bats erupted in the bottom of the second, keyed by a Isaias Tejeda grand slam, which was followed by a Telvin Nash solo home run. By the time the third inning began, York turned a 1-0 deficit into a 6-1 advantage.
Long Island got a run back in the top of the third, but in the fourth inning, the Revs' bats again exploded. After Josh Wilson and Jason Repko both scored via walks with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Bryan Pounds finally produced some runs by putting the ball in play, clearing the bases with a three-run double to put York ahead 11-2 after four.
By that point, the Revs had plenty of offense. Now all they needed was the pitching to close out the job. While starter Kelvin De La Cruz failed to get through the fifth, getting pulled after allowing four more runs to cross the plate in the top of the fifth, the York bullpen shut it down the rest of the way.
Leading 11-6 after five frames, a combination of four Revs relievers recorded the final 14 outs, allowing one run on six hits. Mariel Checo picked up the win, throwing 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief of De La Cruz, while Ricardo Gomez also pitched a scoreless seventh, Julio DePaula allowed one run in the eighth and then Ron Schreurs shut the door with a scoreless ninth. De La Cruz wound up lasting only 4 1/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on eight hits, three walks and two strikeouts.
Offensively, Tejeda and Pounds each drove in four runs, while Nash, Andres Perez and Alfredo Marte each had an RBI. Nash, Pounds and Wilson each collected two hits.
The Revs extended their lead to three games over the rival Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League Freedom Division.
York will look to complete the sweep of Long Island on Thursday when the two sides conclude their three-game series. First pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park.