After blowing a lead in the bottom of the ninth, the York Revolution still picked up 4-3 win in 10 innings over the Long Island Ducks on Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark, and they did it against a former Cy Young winner in the major leagues.
Eric Gagne was one of baseball's best closers more than decade ago, winning the National League Cy Young Award in 2003. Tuesday, he was pitching for the Ducks. The Revs managed to get to Gagne for the deciding run in the 10th to grab their second consecutive win over Long Island.
Derrick Robinson led off the inning with a single and then stole second base to get himself into scoring position. On the steal, the throw by the catcher sailed into the outfield, allowing Robinson to take third and get just 90 feet away. Travis Witherspoon then plated him with a sacrifice fly to right field to put York (8-10) ahead, 4-3.
In the bottom half of the 10th, Jarret Martin allowed the tying run to reach base, but kept the Revs' lead safe to get the save and inch York closer to the .500 mark.
York took the lead in the top of the first on a Michael Burgess RBI single. Long Island (8-11) leveled the score in the bottom of the second off Revs' starter Steve Janas, but fell behind again in the top of the fourth. York scored twice that frame thanks to a Bryan Pounds two-run homer to make it 3-1.
The Ducks got a run back in the bottom of the fifth to make it 3-2 and the score stayed that way up until the bottom of the ninth when the Ducks tied the game off of Luke Westphal to force extra innings.
The Revs only tallied five hits in the contest, two of which came from Angel Franco.
Janas had one of his best outings of the season for York, pitching six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and three walks. Michael Click and Chase Huchingson combined to pitch a scoreless seventh, while Joe Van Meter put up a zero in the eighth. Westphal gave up the tying run in the ninth on two hits, but still picked up the win after Martin's scoreless 10th.
The Revs will look to complete the series sweep over Long Island on Wednesday in the final game of the three-game series before coming home on Thursday. First pitch for Wednesday's game is set for 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark.