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Revs suffer marathon five-hour setback against Somerset

STAFF REPORT
  • The 15-inning game lasted 5 hours, 1 minute. It is the longest game in Revs history.
  • The game did not end until 12:08 a.m. The two teams have an 11:05 a.m. start Tuesday.
  • Frank Gailey (4-3, 2.97 ERA) starts for York on Tuesday.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — The York Revolution battled back twice and took its first lead in the top of the 15th inning, only to see the Somerset Patriots, down to their last strike, score twice to steal a 6-5 win on Monday night into Tuesday morning at TD Bank Ballpark.

York's Travis Witherspoon scored a run and drove in the winning run on Wednesday night as the Revs edged Southern Maryland, 3-2.

It was the longest game in Revs franchise history at 5 hours, 1 minute, it was four minutes longer than the previous longest game in club history, also a 6-5 loss which occurred in 14 innings on Aug. 3, 2010 at Bridgeport. The 15 innings matches the longest in Revs history; York won its other 15-inning game on May 31, 2015 at Long Island, 4-3. Ending at 12:08 a.m., it is tied for the ninth-latest finish in club history. York used a team record 10 pitchers in the game.

York will look to rebound with an 11:05 a.m. start in the second of the four-game series on Tuesday morning.

Down 3-0, the Revs tied the game for the first of two times in the late innings, doing so in the top of the seventh when Travis Witherspoon belted a game-tying three-run home run to right, deadlocking things at 3-3.  Bryan Pounds ignited the rally with a leadoff single off Bryce Morrow to greet the Patriots bullpen, and Brandon Chaves doubled down the left field line to put two in scoring position. Morrow rebounded to strike out Josh Wilson looking on a disputed third strike on a 3-2 pitch, before getting Brian Erie swinging, but the Revs would settle for the three-run homer to draw even.

Somerset grabbed a lead in the bottom of the eighth. After a contested foul tip ruling prolonged the at-bat, Aharon Eggleston led off with a base hit to right-center. After stealing second and advancing to third on an error, Eggleston scored on a groundout by Bryan LaHair for a 4-3 Patriots lead.

The Revs would again answer, scoring in the top of the ninth off closer Jon Hunton who was charged with his fifth blown save. Chaves reached on an infield single to lead off the inning and advanced on a sacrifice by Wilson. After taking third on a wild pitch, Chaves scored on a pinch-hit single smashed up the middle by Jared Mitchell, leveling the score at 4-4.

It would stay that way when York’s bullpen stranded a pair of runners in each of the first four extra innings, while Patriots righty Randy Boone held the Revs without a hit over the first four extra frames.

York finally broke through with a run in the 15th. Michael Rockett and Joel Guzman nailed singles up the middle to set the table, before an intentional walk to Andres Perez loaded the bases.  After a force at the plate, Pounds came through with a sac fly on a line drive to center for a 5-4 lead.

The Patriots kept the game alive in the bottom of the 15th. Carlos Guzman singled with one out and was erased on a fielder’s choice, but down to their last out, Scott Kelly singled and Vinny Zarrillo walked to load the bases. York right-hander Michael Click had Eggleston down to the last strike, but after a close ball argued by York that would have sealed the deal, Eggleston turned on a two-run single down the right field line, lifting Somerset to victory.

York starter Micah Owings turned in his third straight quality start, allowing three runs over six innings including scoreless ball for the final four innings.

David Vidal tagged a two-run homer to left-center in the first and Kelly drove in a run with a single to left in the second as the Patriots grabbed the initial 3-0 lead.

Somerset lefty Rudy Owens limited York to two hits while striking out 10 over six shutout innings.

Notes: Wilson was ejected after arguing a third strike on a check swing in the top of the 11th. ... Revs lefty Frank Gailey (4-3, 2.97) squares off with Patriots right-hander Will Oliver (3-2, 3.05) on Tuesday morning.