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Revs head into Atlantic League playoffs on winning note

STAFF REPORT
  • The York Revolution finished with the second-best overall record in the Atlantic League at 76-64.
  • York will now take on the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Freedom Division Championship Series.
  • Game 1 from Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas, is set for 8:05 p.m. Tuesday.

The York Revolution broke out of a week-long slump and beat the Long Island Ducks 8-3 in the regular-season finale on Sunday afternoon at PeoplesBank Park.

The Revs (36-34, 76-64) finished on a high note as they and the Ducks (32-38, 72-68) get set for the Atlantic League postseason.

Witherspoon

“That was a great way to go out with a bang,” said Travis Witherspoon, who finished the day 3 for 4 with two doubles, two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base. “We needed that extra boost of energy going into the playoffs. We’re starting to click again.”

Down 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Jared Mitchell and Andres Perez got things going with back-to-back one-out singles. With Kevin Rivers at the plate, both men moved up on a double steal, and Rivers followed by singling them both home to give the Revs a 4-3 lead.

York added to the lead in the sixth. After one-out singles by Bryan Pounds and Brandon Chaves, Witherspoon laced a double into the right center gap, scoring both men. Mitchell followed with a single up the middle, bringing Witherspoon home to give the home side a 7-3 cushion.

“I was just trying to get back to basics,” Witherspoon said. “Staying balanced and not trying to do too much. I feel like I’ve been pressing lately, so it was good to have a good day.”

Witherspoon singled, stole second, and came home on another Mitchell single in the eighth to give the game its final margin.

On a day when the Revs planned to empty the bullpen, York’s legions of relievers held strong through the latter innings. Manny Corpas pitched a scoreless sixth, while Scott Rice handled the seventh in scoreless fashion. Jose Arredondo worked through the eighth in similar fashion, and Nate Reed induced three looking strikeouts in a perfect ninth to seal the deal.

York's Travis Witherspoon will return to the Revs to start the 2017 season after making the Atlantic League All-Star Game with the team in 2016.

Michael Click (7-3) was credited as winning pitcher after handling the fifth inning for York.  Working on short rest for the first time this season, Ty’Relle Harris pitched four innings in the start for York, giving up two runs on four hits.

Keith Castillo and Perez cracked solo home runs for York early in the game. Witherspoon, Mitchell, and Perez each had three hits to lead the way at the top of the York order, combining for nine of the Revs’ 14 hits, five runs, five RBIs and three stolen bases.

Notes: At 76-64 the Revs completed their third-most successful regular season in franchise history. York finishes the year one game back of Somerset for the best overall record in the league. ... Perez finishes the season on a season high-tying 11-game hitting streak (21-43, .488). ... Witherspoon stole second base in the eighth inning, giving him 34 stolen bases for the Revs (41 overall) this season, good for third on the franchise single-season list. ... Mitchell finishes with 26 stolen bases, tying him with Eric Patterson (2014) for seventh. ... Harris’ 116 strikeouts rank him fifth in single-season franchise history, two behind teammate James Simmons for fourth. ... The Revs now turn their attention to the Freedom Division Championship Series against the Sugar Land Skeeters. Game 1 from Constellation Field in Sugar Land is set for 8:05 p.m. Tuesday.