Tempers flared when the York Revolution and New Britain Bees squared off Sunday at New Britain Stadium in the rubber game of their season-opening Atlantic League series.
York lost the game, 7-2, after New Britain scored six runs in the fifth through seventh innings to break a 1-1 tie. It was the team's second consecutive defeat after opening the year with a win on Friday. However, the fireworks took place in the top of the seventh, stemming from an incident in the bottom of the sixth.
The Bees scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-1 lead. After Craig Maddox rocked a two-run homer to put New Britain up by five, York reliever Melvin Mercedes plunked Jon Giffin with his next pitch.
After Mercedes got out of the inning, the first pitch of the seventh delivered to Revs' designated hitter Joel Guzman hit him, prompting him to walk toward the mound and pitcher Nate Roe, causing both benches to empty, but no punches were thrown. Both benches were then warned and the game carried on.
The Bees would tack on a run in the bottom half of the seventh to push their lead to 7-1 and York added its final run of the day in the top of the ninth on an RBI double by Michael Burgess.
The Revs opened the game's scoring in the top of the second with a Burgess solo homer, his first of the year. New Britain answered with the tying run in the bottom of the third and the game stayed that way until the bottom of the fifth. That's when things began deteriorating for York.
The Bees scored twice in the fifth to grab a 3-1 lead and then added the three-run sixth and one-run seventh to open up the game.
The Revs were held to five hits, while New Britain pounded out 13.
York pitcher Logan Williamson made his first start in more than a year, going three innings and allowing one earned run on three hits and four walks. Chris Cody pitched a scoreless fourth, while Ty'Relle Harris wound up taking the loss, allowing the two runs on four hits in the fifth. Mercedes served up three earned runs in the sixth on three hits, Chase Huchingson gave up an unearned run in the seventh and Luke Westphal pitched a scoreless eighth for the Revs.
York will have an off day Monday before continuing its six-game road trip to open the year with a three-game series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs starting Tuesday. First pitch for that game is set for 6:35 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium.