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York claims rubber game against Long Island with 5-2 win

STAFF REPORT
  • York won the three-game series against Long Island with its 5-2 victory on Sunday.
  • The Revs belted three home runs in the first two innings to open up a 4-0 lead after two frames.
  • Travis Witherspoon scored two runs, while Jared Mitchell had two RBIs.

A fast start by the York Revolution on Sunday evening paced it to a 5-2 win over the Long Island Ducks and a series victory at Bethpage Park.

York's Travis Witherspoon is headed to his second straight Atlantic League All-Star Game.

York (67-51 overall, 27-21 second half) did most of its damage in the opening inning,which was enough to hold off Long Island (62-56, 22-26) and claim the rubber game in the series.

The Revs came out hot right from the start, hanging a three-spot in the top of the first. Travis Witherspoon led off the game with a walk and then was brought home one batter later on Jared Mitchell's two-run home run. Two batters later, Kevin Rivers went deep to give York the quick 3-0 lead just four batters into the game.

In the top of the second, Michael Burgess got in on the action and belted a solo home run of his own to make it 4-0 Revs through two innings.

That was plenty of offensive support for York starter Frank Gailey, who didn't surrender a run until the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-1 Revs. Gailey didn't escape the sixth inning, but still picked up the win, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing just the one earned run on four hits, three walks and struck out eight.

After Gailey gave up the run in the sixth, both sides scored in the seventh inning to make it 5-2 Revs. York's run in the inning came on a double play by Rivers that plated Witherspoon from third.

Ricardo Gomez pitched 1 1/3 innings to finish the seventh and eighth innings before giving way to closer Mike DeMark, who made quick work of the Ducks in the bottom of the ninth, retiring the side in order with one strikeout.

Josh Wilson had a big 3-for-4 day at the plate for the Revs, while Mitchell and Joel Guzman each had two-hit days.

York will continue its seven-game roadtrip next when it begins a four-game series against the Bridgeport Bluefish on Monday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:12 p.m. at Harbor Yard.