Surging Revs blank Bees for sixth straight triumph
- Micah Owings pitched six scoreless innings to get the win, his first since July 6.
- York has now won six straight games and nine of 10.
- The Revs improved to 60-42 overall and 20-12 in the Atlantic League second half.
Micah Owings spun six scoreless innings and the York Revolution bullpen slammed the door on the New Britain Bees Wednesday night en route to a 2-0 triumph at PeoplesBank Park.
The Revs (20-12, 60-42) have now won six in a row and nine of 10 after holding the Bees (11-22, 47-56) to five hits in York’s fourth shutout of the year.
Owings (4-4) anchored the scoreless effort for the Revs, going six innings and allowing just four hits. He walked three and struck out five in 104 pitches for his first win since July 6.
Daniel Sattler (0-1) finished one out shy of a quality start in a loss, surrendering two runs on three hits and four walks in 5.2 innings.
Ricardo Gomez earned his third save of the year with a scoreless ninth.
Travis Witherspoon took advantage of a wild opening from Sattler, drawing a leadoff walk. He then proceeded to steal second and third with ease. Sattler eventually delivered a wild pitch against Andres Perez, allowing Witherspoon to score to put York up 1-0 without the benefit of a hit.
The starters took over from there. Owings worked out of trouble early and often, stranding six men on base through his first five innings. He got stronger as the night rolled on, sitting down the Bees 1-2-3 in the sixht and fanning Michael Crouse for his last out.
Despite bouts of wildness, Sattler settled down and posted zeroes in his next four innings after the first. York finally got to him again in the sixth inning as Jared Mitchell led off with a double and Michael Rockett doubled him in with two outs, making it 2-0.
“(Sattler) was effectively wild tonight,” said Rockett. “You never knew what was going to be around the zone or not, so I just wanted to keyhole him a bit more. Get the pitch that I knew I could handle and not chase his other stuff.”
Nate Reed struck out the side in the seventh inning, while Scott Rice made it through the eighth 1-2-3 as well. Gomez gave up a two out single in the ninth but struck out three around it for the save.
Rockett finished 1-for-2 with the run-scoring double and a stolen base. He is now batting .302 on the season, good for fifth in the Atlantic League.
Witherspoon and Mitchell had the other two of York’s three hits on the evening. Witherspoon’s two stolen bases give him 21 with York this season (28 total), tying him with six others for eighth on the Revs’ single-season stolen base leaderboard.
Notes: The six-game winning streak ties York’s longest of the season (May 2-May 7). ... Three hits matches a season-low for the Revs, who have now won five games when getting five hits or fewer. .. The Revs are now 36-18 in games decided by two runs or fewer, including 23-4 at home. ... York’s bullpen has posted a 0.51 ERA (two earned runs, 35 1/3 innings pitched) since July 31. ... The Revs will go for the sweep and their season-high seventh win in a row when Frank Gailey (4-2, 3.14) matches up with New Britain’s Nate Roe (1-0, 6.19) on Thursday night.