Balanced effort leads York Revolution past New Britain
- The Revs collected 14 hits in a 9-2 victory over New Britain on Tuesday.
- York pitchers retired the final 16 New Britain batters in the game.
- York moved to 13-11 in the Atlantic League second half, still in second place in the Freedom Division.
It hasn't happened as often during an up-and-down second half, but Tuesday night's performance by the York Revolution closely mirrored the all-around strong showings displayed by the team during the first 70 games of the season, when the Revs captured the Atlantic League Freedom Division first-half title.
The bats were hot and the pitching was dominant Tuesday, helping York secure a 9-2 road victory over the New Britain Bees at New Britain Stadium.
The Revs (53-41) raced out to a 5-2 lead after four innings and let their pitching staff do the rest, with starter James Simmons and relievers Scott Rice and Ricardo Gomez combining to retire the final 16 New Britain batters of the game over the final five-plus innings.
York struck first in the top of the second on a Michael Rockett RBI single to open up a 1-0 advantage. The lead was short-lived. The Bees answered right back in the bottom half of the frame. The Revs regained their advantage in the top of the third, this time courtesy of a Jared Mitchell solo home run.
York extended its lead to 5-1 with a three-run top of the fourth, starting with a Joel Guzman RBI single, which was followed by a two-run double by Andres Perez, both coming with two outs. New Britain cut into the Revs' lead in the bottom half of the fourth to make it 5-2, but that was the last of the offense from the home side. The only base runner to reach base the rest of the night for the Bees came with two outs in the bottom of the fourth on a hit by pitch.
Guzman added his second RBI of the night with another run-scoring single in the top of the sixth to push York's lead to 6-2. A Rockett solo home run to start the eighth extended the Revs' lead to 7-2. Two more runs in the top of the ninth, courtesy of an RBI triple by Bryan Pounds and an RBI fielder's choice by Keith Castillo, got York its 9-2 victory.
Simmons pitched a strong game for the Revs, holding New Britain (45-50) to two earned runs on five hits, two walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Offensively, Guzman, Rockett and Perez each had two-RBI performances, with Rockett leading the team with three hits.
The second game of the three-game series is set for 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at New Britain Stadium.