Revs storm back from seven-run hole to beat Bees
- Jared Mitchell's bases-clearing double in the eighth proved to be the game-winning hit.
- Bryan Pounds added a two-run homer for York.
- The York bullpen pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings.
Jared Mitchell cleared the bases with a two-out double in the bottom of the eighth to lift the York Revolution to an exhilarating 10-8 win over the New Britain Bees on Monday night at PeoplesBank Park.
A season-high crowd of 6,731 fans saw the Revs (18-12, 58-42) leapfrog the Bees (11-20, 47-54) for nine unanswered runs to match their largest comeback in franchise history.
Down 8-7, Michael Rockett led off the eighth with a soft line drive to right field. Bryan Pounds then drew a walk and Josh Wilson laid down a bunt that first baseman Jon Griffin overran, resulting in a single to load the bases. From there, New Britain closer Sean Gilblair buckled down, striking out Alex Marquez and forcing Travis Witherspoon to foul out to the catcher.
That brought up Mitchell with the chance to be the hero. On an 0-2 pitch, Mitchell golfed a line drive to left center over the head of Anthony Hewitt and to the wall. All three runners raced around to score, and Mitchell stood triumphantly on second with the go-ahead three-run double.
“It’s a big thing when the runs go up that early and you’re down early,” said Mitchell of the comeback. “There’s so much game left. That’s the thing about baseball: there’s not a shot clock, there’s not a game clock. You’ve got to play all 27 outs. We just knew we had to keep playing and we’d still have a chance.”
Mike DeMark took it from there, breezing through the Bees 1-2-3 in the ninth for his league-leading 28th save. DeMark tied Rommie Lewis’s single-season saves record and moved ahead of R.J. Rodriguez for sole possession of second place on the Revs’ all-time leader board with his 32nd save. His next will tie Lewis’ franchise record.
The Revs tied a franchise record with their 36th comeback win of the season, matching the 2010 and 2014 squads’ 140-game totals in just their 100th game of the year. York is now 26-22 when the opposing team scores first and 21-4 in home games decided by two runs or fewer.
Julio DePaula (2-0) earned the win with his scoreless eighth inning.
Revs starter Ty’Relle Harris got battered, allowing New Britain to jump out to an 8-1 lead by the middle of the third. Bryan Pounds' two-run homer helped sparked the Revs' comeback.
The York bullpen excelled. Michael Click pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, Nate Reed took the baton and tossed two scoreless innings of his own. Manny Corpas struck out the side in the seventh and DePaula overpowered the Bees in the eighth, needing just seven pitches to get through a perfect frame.
Mitchell finished 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Rockett and Wilson each finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs, while Pounds also scored a pair.
Notes: The crowd of 6,731 was the 10th largest in regular season PeoplesBank Park history, and the highest since the closing weekend of the 2012 season (6,848, Sept. 15 vs. Somerset). ... After 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Monday, the Revolution bullpen has surrendered just two runs in its last 29 1/3 innings of work, good for an 0.61 ERA. ... The seven-run comeback is the third in Revs history and second this season; York erased a 7-0 deficit in a 14-13 win at Long Island on July 15, 2010, and did the same in a 9-7 win over Southern Maryland on May 25 of this season. ... After winning four straight and seven of their last eight, the Revs will try and keep the hot streak going on Tuesday night when Tony Pena (5-7, 5.42) matches up with the Bees’ Daniel Sattler (0-0, 7.71).