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York handed lopsided defeat at home by Sugar Land

STAFF REPORT
  • Kevin Rivers scored three of the four runs for York on Wednesday night.
  • Sugar Land scored 13 of the game's final 15 runs to erase a 2-1 deficit.
  • The Revs' bullpen allowed eight earned runs in 3 2/3 innings of work.

At one point Wednesday night, the York Revolution led the Sugar Land Skeeters 2-1.

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Then, York's pitching collapsed and Sugar Land's offense exploded. The Skeeters went on to score 13 of the game's final 15 runs, en route to a 14-4 blowout victory at PeoplesBank Park.

The loss for York (25-19 second half, 65-49 overall) comes on the heels of an emotional, come-from-behind, walk-off victory on Tuesday night. The momentum of that win didn't carry over to Wednesday night.

Josh Wilson opened the game's scoring for the Revs in the bottom of the second, singling home Kevin Rivers with two outs to grab an early 1-0 lead. The Skeeters (29-17, 64-52) responded in the top of the third by tying the game, only to have York regain its one-run lead in the bottom of the fourth on a Bryan Pounds RBI single, with Rivers scoring again.

If only the game could've ended there for the Revs.

It didn't and things got very bad very quickly for York. Sugar Land would score in every frame from the fifth inning on, putting up a crooked number in four of them. The Skeeters took a 3-2 lead with a two-run fifth, then extended it to 6-2 with a three-run sixth. After plating another run in the seventh to make it 7-2, the Revs temporarily halted the bleeding with an unearned run to make it 7-3.

The Skeeters responded with a four-run outburst in the eighth, which was followed by a three-run top of the ninth. The only offense York managed after the seventh inning came in the eighth, when Rivers scored for the third time in the game, this time on an RBI single by Keith Castillo.

It was a rough start for Revs' starter James Simmons. He lasted just 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs, all earned, on 13 hits, a walk and three strikeouts. The bullpen didn't fare much better. Julio DePaula, Michael Click and Brandon Chaves combined to allow eight runs over 3 2/3 innings.

The rubber game of the three-game series is Thursday night, set for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park.