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Bees sting York pitching for four homers, top Revs, 7-3

STAFF REPORT
  • York starter Tony Pena gave up five hits, but four of them were homers.
  • The Revolution's three-game winning streak came to an end.
  • York now begins a series at Southern Maryland on Friday.

The York Revolution fell victim to four long balls by the New Britain Bees on Thursday.

The Revs were denied a sweep with a 7-3 loss at New Britain Stadium. York’s three-game winning streak was snapped. The road trip continues to Southern Maryland on Friday night.

York's Travis Witherspoon is headed to his second straight Atlantic League All-Star Game.

The Bees jumped ahead in the first inning on a two-run homer to left by Jovan Rosa, his ninth of the year and first of his two on the day.

After failing to score after loading the bases with one out in the second, the Revs would get to Bees starter Daniel Sattler in the third, scoring a pair of runs to tie it. Travis Witherspoon walked, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch to start the inning before Jared Mitchell walked and also stole second base. Kevin Rivers drove in York’s first run on a ground out to second base, while Andres Perez followed with an RBI single, tying the game at 2-2. Bees reliever Anthony Marzi entered and was greeted by a bloop single from Bryan Pounds and a walk to Michael Rockett to load the bases, but wiggled out of trouble as the Revs left the bases full for the second straight inning.

New Britain quickly recouped those runs when James Skelton walked and Jake McGuiggan lined a two-run homer off the left-field foul pole in the bottom of the third for a 4-2 Bees lead.

The Bees cushioned their advantage in the fifth when Casey Frawley led off with a double down the left-field line, his first hit with New Britain in 18 at-bats, and Anthony Hewitt tagged a line drive two-run homer to left to make it 6-2. With two outs, Rosa launched his second home run of the game, a solo shot to left, increasing the margin to 7-2.

The Revs were held to just three hits until the ninth when Witherspoon reached on an infield single and scored on a base hit up the middle by Rivers to provide the final margin.

Marzi (2-1) earned the win, limiting York to just two hits over 5 2/3 shutout innings.

York righty Tony Pena (5-7) suffered the loss, touched for all seven runs over his five innings. Pena allowed five hits, but four of those left the yard.

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Luis Perdomo chipped in two scoreless innings out of the York bullpen while Michael Click worked a scoreless eighth.

Notes: The four home runs is a single-game record for the first-year Bees, while it matches the most allowed in a game by the Revs this season (June 17 vs. Bridgeport). ... York’s five-game head-to-head winning streak against New Britain was snapped, falling to 11-5 against the Bees on the season. The Revs finished the season series 6-4 at New Britain ... The Revs’ season-best three-game road winning streak was halted. ... Perez’s RBI was his 297th all-time in a York uniform, adding to his franchise record. ... Click’s appearance marked his fifth straight scoreless outing and sixth consecutive appearance without allowing an earned run. ... Revs righty Micah Owings (3-4, 5.11) squares off with Southern Maryland right-hander Brian Grening (6-4, 2.83) in Friday’s series opener at 7:05 p.m. in Waldorf, Maryland.