Jared Mitchell hasn't been with the York Revolution very long this season.
On Tuesday, he played in just his 19th game for York. Yet, it was probably his best game with the club. Mitchell belted his first two home runs for the Revs, helping them to a bounce-back, 5-2 victory over the Somerset Patriots at PeoplesBank Park.
Mitchell's first long ball of the night helped kick start a rally for York (49-39) by leading off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer to tie the game at 1-1. Then, in his next at-bat in the bottom of the fifth, he gave the Revs some insurance, launching a two-run home run to push their lead from 2-1 to 4-1. That was plenty for the York bullpen, which held Somerset (49-40) to just one run on two hits over the final four innings to lock down the win.
Frank Gailey got the start for the Revs and instantly put his team in a hole, allowing the game's opening run in the top of the first. But, he settled in after that, pitching five innings of one-run ball to earn the victory and give the offense a chance to wake up. Following Mitchell's game-tying homer in the fourth, it was followed by an RBI double by Kevin Rivers to put York ahead 2-1 after four. Then, following Mitchell's two-run bomb in the fifth, Andres Perez got in on the action, driving in a run on a triple to push the Revs' advantage to 5-1 after five.
The Patriots instantly responded with a run in the top of the sixth and then threatened again in the top of the eighth, loading the bases, but failed to produce any runs. Ricardo Gomez worked his way out of the jam.
Mike DeMark came on to close it out in the top of the ninth and continued to dominate hitters this season, pitching a clean ninth inning, ending the game with back-to-back strikeouts.
Mitchell, Perez and Michael Rockett led the charge offensively for the Revs, each having two-hit games.
York and Somerset will play the rubber game of the series on Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park.