Revs blow another late lead in loss to Somerset
- York led 4-2 after 7 1/2 innings, but couldn't hold the edge.
- The Revs have now suffered three straight losses.
- In each of the last three losses, York led in the eighth inning or later.
David Vidal’s grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning erased a lead as the York Revolution fell to the Somerset Patriots 6-4 on Tuesday afternoon in front of 4,138 fans at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgeport, New Jersey.
The Revs suffered their third straight defeat. In each of those losses, York surrendered a lead in the eighth inning or later. They Revs have dropped the first two at Somerset, including a 15-inning, five-hour 6-5 loss in the opener that ended at 12:08 a.m. Tuesday. York and Somerset were back on the field at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday.
York will look to rebound when the four-game set resumes on Wednesday night.
The Revs led for the majority of the day, building a pair of leads early in the game.
Michael Rockett belted a line-drive home run to left field in the top of the second inning for the game’s first run. Joel Guzman added an RBI single to left in the third for his league-leading 75th RBI, spotting the Revs a 2-0 lead.
Somerset answered in the bottom of the third on a rally sparked by the bottom of the order. Eighth hitter Vinny Zarrillo reached on an infield single to start things, while Gevon Jackson, Jr. followed with an RBI double to left-center. He would later score on a single up the middle by Vidal, tying the score at 2-2.
The Revs went right back in front with a run in the fourth. Bryan Pounds led things off with a walk before Rockett smacked a single to left. Brandon Chaves then dropped down a bunt single to load the bases. Somerset righty Will Oliver bounced back to induce a shallow fly out, but the Revs took the lead when Salvador Paniagua, who became the second player in Revs history to play in his 400th game with the franchise, lined a sacrifice fly to right for a 3-2 advantage.
Oliver limited the Revs to just the one run in the fourth and retired his final eight batters, holding York to three runs over six innings in the no-decision.
Revs lefty Frank Gailey dazzled, retiring his last 11 batters and allowing just two runs on four hits over seven innings.
The Revs added a run in the eighth on a two-out RBI single to right by Andres Perez. The hit plated Travis Witherspoon, who had led off with a single and a steal of second, as York’s lead grew to 4-2.
Setup man Ricardo Gomez (3-2) entered for the bottom of the eighth, having allowed just seven earned runs all season, but was promptly greeted with another rally set up by the bottom of the order. Zarrillo yanked a double down the right-field line and Jackson singled to right-center. Scott Kelly then reached on a bunt hit to load the bases with no outs. Gomez fanned Rob Kral for the first out, but could not dodge Vidal, who launched a towering drive to left-center for the decisive grand slam, giving him five RBIs on the day.
Patriots closer Jon Hunton allowed a leadoff single to Rockett but nothing else in the ninth, becoming the league’s first to 30 saves this season.
Somerset righty Connor Little (5-0) picked up the win, working two innings and allowing one run.
Notes: The Revs fell to 46-4 when leading after seven innings. Two of those losses have come on the current three-game slide. ... York’s bullpen owned a sub-1.00 ERA for the month of August before the current losing streak. ,,, Witherspoon’s steal in the eighth marked his 31st of the season, and 24th with York, matching Chris Walker (2011) for seventh-most in a season in club history. ... Perez played in his record 492nd game with the Revs on Tuesday. He is the only player ahead of Paniagua on the franchise’s games-played list. ... Rockett (3-for-4) notched his fifth three-hit game in his last 15 games played, batting .441 during that stretch. ,,, The blown save is the first of the season for Gomez. ,,, Gailey has allowed just six hits in 14 innings over his last two starts, and just three earned runs on 10 hits in 20 2/3 innings over his last three starts (1.31 ERA). ... Vidal has homered in three consecutive games and five of the last six, leading the league with 21 home runs in just 56 games played. .. York righty James Simmons (9-5, 3.94) faces Somerset southpaw Nik Turley (2-0, 2.07) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.