A walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th by the Sugar Land Skeeters sunk the York Revolution on Sunday, 6-5, at Constellation Field, salvaging a series split for the Skeeters.
After tying the game in the bottom of the ninth on a solo home run, Sugar Land (18-14) won the game two innings later, thanks to Andy Wilkins. With one out and the bases loaded, Wilkins singled off of York reliever Hawtin Buchanan, bringing home Derek Miller to lift the home side to the dramatic win. The loss sent the Revs to 12-18 on the season and six games back of the first-place Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League Freedom Division.
The loss for York was extra deflating because it twice blew two-run leads. The Revs got the scoring started in the top of the fourth with a pair of RBI singles by Angel Franco and Travis Witherspoon to grab a 2-0 lead. However, York starter Steve Janas immediately gave up the lead, serving up a two-run homer to Wilkins in the bottom half of the inning to bring the game level again.
After the Skeeters grabbed a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth, the Revs quickly regained a two-run lead with three runs in the top of the seventh to build a 5-3 cushion. Carlos Triunfel continued to make his mark early in his tenure with the team with a two-run home run to put York back in front, 4-3. A run later scored on a balk to push the Revs' advantage to two runs, but that was all the offense they could manage the rest of the way.
Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn't close out the deal, giving up a run in the bottom of the seventh and then the tying run on a solo homer by Miller in the bottom of the ninth to deadlock the game at 5-5 and force extras.
Eight of the nine hitters for York had at least one hit in the game, led by Franco's three-hit afternoon and followed by Isaias Tejeda's two-hit game.
On the hill, Janas lasted six innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on five hits, with three walks and one strikeout. He exited in line for the win. However, Manny Corpas allowed a run in two-thirds of an inning, while Jarret Martin got the final out of the seventh and pitched a clean eighth to get the ball to Brad Allen in the ninth. Allen made one mistake in his outing, the homer to Miller, resulting in the blown save. Chase Huchingson allowed the potential winning run to get to third in the 10th, but stranded him there, before Buchanan managed just one out before Sugar Land walked off with the win.
The Revs begin a four-game series against the New Britain Bees on Monday. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park.