Revs sew up first-half title, league playoff berth
Atlantic League baseball playoff action will soon return to York.
The Revs sewed up the first-half Freedom Division title on Thursday night and clinched a 2016 postseason berth. It's the sixth time the Revs have earned a playoff berth since entering the league in 2007.
York earned an 8-7 victory over the Long Island Ducks on Thursday at Bethpage Ballpark. A few hours later, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs outlasted the Sugar Land Skeeters 3-2 in 15 innings.
That gave York (38-29) a three-game lead over Sugar Land (35-32) with three games to play on each teams' first-half schedule. That means York can finish no worse than tied for the first-half division crown.
The Revs, however, have already clinched the tiebreaker vs. the Skeeters. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head competition, but the two teams split their 10 first-half games. The second tiebreaker is record within the division. No matter what happens over the next three days, York is guaranteed to finish with a better mark within the division than Sugar Land.
The Revs didn't make Thursday's win easy on themselves, but it was a win, nonetheless. York raced out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first after Kevin Rivers worked a two-out, bases-loaded walk and then Alfredo Marte followed with a two-run single.
After the Ducks (37-30) tacked on a run in the bottom half of the frame, York again struck for three runs in the second. Joel Guzman and Andres Perez each drove in runs on RBI singles, while a run also scored on a passed ball between their hits to put the Revs ahead 6-1. A third-inning Josh Wilson solo home run made it 7-1, and it seemed that the game was well in hand for York.
However, Long Island mounted a rally, scoring four times in the bottom of the fourth off of Ty'Relle Harris, chasing him from the game. That got the Ducks right back into things at 7-5. Michael Burgess halted the Ducks' momentum in the top of the sixth, plating Michael Rockett on a ground-rule double to make it 8-5. Long Island would add two more in the bottom half of the frame to make it 8-7, but after that, the Revs' bullpen nailed down the final nine outs to secure the key victory.
Manny Corpas earned the win, pitching 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief of Harris. Jose Arredondo gave up the two runs in the sixth, but after him, Scott Rice, Julio DePaula and Ricardo Gomez finished the job, each pitching scoreless frames to lock it down. The save for Gomez was his first of the year.
York ended up earning a split in the four-game series and now heads home for a three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers to close out the first half of the season. First pitch in Friday's game is set for 6:35 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park.