Following Sunday's loss to the Bridgeport Bluefish, York Revolution manager Mark Mason was clearly frustrated by his team's funk.
For the entire prior week, York struggled to find consistent offense and it began to show, as the team's lead in the Atlantic League Freedom Division began to shrink.
The change of the week, however, marked a change in the team's fortunes, especially on offense. For the second straight night, it was on display at PeoplesBank Park on Tuesday. After securing a 7-2 win over the Long Island Ducks on Monday, York brought the bats out again, this time dismantling Long Island, 8-3, on Tuesday in front of the home crowd.
It didn't take long for the Revs (33-25) to get to work, either, on Tuesday. After starter Matt Neil allowed a first-inning run, Michael Burgess, back after a short stint in the Mexican League, launched a three-run homer to put York up 3-1 after one.
That was just the start of things for the Revs' offense. York added two runs in the bottom of the third, first on a Travis Witherspoon RBI single, then on a Keith Castillo RBI walk, to cancel out a Long Island (32-26) run earlier in the frame, making it 5-2. Then, after the Ducks made it 5-3 in the fourth, Telvin Nash led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to make it 6-3, which was followed by an RBI single by Josh Wilson later in the frame to make it 7-3 after five. Nash later added another solo home run in the eighth to make it 8-3. Nash leads the Atlantic League with 15 homers.
With the win, and losses by the Sugar Land Skeeters and Lancaster Barnstormers, York's lead in the division grew to 3 and 3 1/2 games, respectively.
Neil picked up the win for the Revs, going five innings, allowing three earned runs, with a walk and five strikeouts. A combination of Ty'Rell Harris, Manny Corpas, Julio DePaula and Ricardo Gomez relieved Neil, each pitching a scoreless inning.
Offensively, York pounded out 13 hits, getting two-hit games from Witherspoon, Nash, Burgess, Joel Guzman and Bryan Pounds. Burgess led the team with three RBIs, all coming on the first-inning home run, while Nash had two RBIs, both on the solo homers.
The Revs will look to complete the sweep of Long Island on Wednesday when the two teams conclude their three-game series at 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park.