Bryan Pounds hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth as the York Revolution came back to beat the Lancaster Barnstormers 3-2 on Thursday night at PeoplesBank Park.
The win gives the Revs (11-9, 51-39) five wins in 11 games this year against the Barnstormers (7-14, 41-49) in the War of the Roses presented by PNC Bank.
With the game tied 2-2, Andres Perez lined a single to center to lead off the ninth inning, and Kevin Rivers bunted him over to second. Travis Witherspoon came on to pinch-run for Perez with Pounds coming to bat. On the first pitch from Cory Burns, Pounds dropped a towering fly ball into the right-field corner, scoring Witherspoon and setting off a wild celebration for the 4,855 fans who braved the misting rain.
“I popped up three fastballs tonight so I was definitely looking for a fastball,” said Pounds moments after his deciding hit. “I knew they were trying to get ahead, and I didn’t pop that one up. I try not to treat it like a pressure AB, just treat it like a regular AB and try not to do too much.”
Pounds becomes the sixth different walk-off hero in the Revs’ six such wins.
Ricardo Gomez (2-1) ended up on the winning side for York after a scintillating 1-2-3 ninth. Burns (0-3) was saddled with the loss after surrendering the walk-off.
Caleb Gindl led off the game with a double, and K.C. Hobson belted a two-run homer two batters later to give the Barnstormers an early 2-0 lead. From there it became a pitchers’ duel as York’s Ty’Relle Harris and Lancaster’s Bryan Evans locked in and traded goose eggs through the next four innings.
Harris settled down and got out of two-out jams in the fourth and fifth innings, stranding five base runners after the home run. Evans retired the first eight to face him and then seven in a row after a Brandon Chaves double in the third.
The Revs helped Evans do himself in during the bottom of the sixth. Ryde Rodriguez led off with a single and Chaves drew a four-pitch walk. Jared Mitchell bounced a come-backer to the hill that Evans bobbled, loading the bases. Michael Rockett sent another grounder back to the mound, but Evans threw wildly to the plate, allowing both Rodriguez and Chaves to score to tie the game. Evans eventually got out of a bases-loaded jam to end the inning, but the damage was done and the Revs left the frame all square at 2-2.
Harris allowed two runs on four hits in five innings, while Burns gave up the two unearned runs on two hits in six innings.
The Revs only managed four hits on the night, with half coming from eight- and nine-hitters Rodriguez and Chaves. Hobson added a single to his home run to finish with two hits for Lancaster.
Notes: The Revs now have 31 comeback wins this season, five shy of the franchise record of 36 (2010, 2014). ... Pounds joins Telvin Nash, Andres Perez, Josh Wilson, Jared Mitchell and Brandon Chaves as walk-off heroes for York. ... The Revs are now 18-12 in one-run games this season, including 12-1 at home. ... The War of the Roses presented by PNC Bank resumes on Friday night. The Revs will send Micah Owings (3-4, 4.67) to the hill against the Barnstormers’ Terry Doyle (4-5, 3.52) in game two of the four-game series.