Running blunders on bases cost Revs game, series against New Britain

  • The Revs dropped Thursday's game to New Britain, 4-3, costing them three of the four games in the series.
  • York had four hits in the ninth inning, but two men were thrown out on the bases to prevent any runs from scoring.
  • Alonzo Harris belted a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.

The York Revolution produced the key hits to fuel a ninth-inning comeback on Thursday night.

Alonzo Harris connects with an RBI double for the York Revolution as they face the Barnstormers, Sunday, June 11, 2017. Harris had a two-run homer in York's eight-run seventh inning in Wednesday's win over Bridgeport. John A. Pavoncello photo

It just didn't have the base-running abilities to complete it.

Trailing by one run entering the bottom of the ninth at PeoplesBank Park, York strung together four consecutive hits. None of those runners, however, crossed home plate. Two of them were thrown out on the base paths, costing the Revs a 4-3 loss to the New Britain Bees. York dropped three of the four games in the series.

After Carlos Triunfel led off the inning with an out, the next four York hitters recorded hits. With two men on, Alonzo Harris delivered the third single in a row, but, after Derik Capitillo took a big turn at third, he was gunned down at the bag for the inning's second out.

Still, the Revs had two men on and, when Isaias Tejeda delivered a shot to left field, it looked like they were at least going to tie the game and force extras. Instead, Travis Witherspoon was thrown out at home, ending the game with the play at the plate.

Both teams scored runs in the first inning to get off to fast starts, but it was New Britain (20-33) that continued to swing the hot bats early in the contest. The Bees scored three runs in the top of the second to build a 4-1 cushion on York starter Curtis Partch.

After that, Partch settled down and held New Britain off the scoreboard until he was lifted from the game with one out in the fifth. A combination of Michael Click, Chase Huchingson, Joe Van Meter and Luke Westphal held the Bees scoreless over the remainder of the game.

The Revs (21-32) pulled to within two when Witherspoon singled home Triunfel to cut New Britain's lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth. York then got another run back in the bottom of the seventh on a Harris solo home run to make it 4-3. 

The Revs, however, couldn't overcome their base-running mistakes in the final frame and complete the comeback.

York will head to Somerset for the weekend to face the Patriots, beginning on Friday. First pitch for the game is set for 7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Park.