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York edged by Sugar Land in rubber game of series

STAFF REPORT
  • York dropped a 4-3 decision to Sugar Land, losing the three-game series.
  • Michael Rockett hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.
  • Isaias Tejeda went 3-for-4 with two RBI's, raising his season average to .368.

A ninth-inning solo home run by Isaias Tejeda proved to be too little, too late for the York Revolution as it was downed by the Sugar Land Skeeters, 4-3, on Thursday night at PeoplesBank Park.

York Revolution's Ty'Relle Harris will return to the club for a third consecutive season and serve as a versatile option on the mound. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The win by Sugar Land (65-52 overall, 30-17 second half) gave it the series victory in a battle between the Atlantic League Freedom Division's top two teams.

York (65-50, 25-20) put itself in a hole early, spotting the Skeeters a 2-0 lead before it even came to the plate. Sugar Land then added to its lead with a run in the top of the third to make it 3-0. To Revs' starter Ty'Relle Harris' credit, he settled in after a difficult first few innings, holding the Skeeters off the board the rest of his outing. He exited after six innings, having allowed the three earned runs on six hits, but still left with York trailing 3-0.

The Revs finally found some offense in the bottom of the seventh when they put together a mini rally to get back in the game. It was started by Michael Rockett, who led off the inning with a solo home run, followed by a Tejeda RBI single to make it 3-2.

But, the York bullpen couldn't keep the team's deficit at one, with the Skeeters adding an insurance run in the top of the eighth, which proved to be the eventual game-winning run.

Tejeda was one of two Revs' hitters to have a multi-hit game, along with Jared Mitchell, going 3-for-4 with the solo home run and driving in two of the team's three runs. With that performance, Tejeda raised his season average up to .368.

York will now begin a three-game weekend series against the Long Island Ducks. Friday's first pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Park.