After racing out to a big early lead in Tuesday's Fourth of July contest against the Bridgeport Bluefish, the York Revolution could only hope that Bridgeport would run out of outs before completely erasing its deficit.
Fortunately for York, the Bluefish did, coming up a run short in the Revs' 6-5 win at Harbor Yard to get into the win column for the second half of the Atlantic League season.
After York (1-1) scored six times over the first three innings to build a 6-0 cushion, Bridgeport (1-1) slowly chipped away at the lead. The Bluefish cut the Revs' lead to just one heading into the bottom of the ninth and loaded the bases with just one out. Brad Allen, however, induced a game-ending 4-6-3 double play to secure the win for York and earn the five-out save.
The game got off to a good start for the Revs, with Isaias Tejeda driving in the game's opening run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first to make it 1-0. York added to it in the top of the second, scoring three times in the frame thanks to a Carlos Triunfel RBI single and anAlexi Casilla RBI double. There was also an error mixed in that allowed a run to score to make it 4-0 Revs.
York's last bit of offense came in the third when Chase Simpson doubled home Jared Mitchell and was later driven in by Travis Witherspoon to make it 6-0. After that, it was all about getting the remaining 21 outs before Bridgeport could eliminate the lead completely.
The Bluefish scored once in the fourth and once in the sixth off of Revs' starter Logan Williamson to cut the deficit to 6-2, but that was all they could get off Williamson. He pitched six strong innings, allowing five hits and two walks, earning the quality start before turning things over to the bullpen.
Bridgeport got to within three with a run in the bottom of the seventh and then tacked on two more in the bottom of the eighth to make it 6-5. Chase Huchingson was credited with giving up the two runs in the eighth after retiring just one batter, but was bailed out by Allen, who came on to get the inning's final two outs.
Allen was then bailed out by his defense in the ninth after second baseman Casilla flipped to shortstop Angel Franco at second, who then fired on to Michael Burgess at first to end the game with a double play.
York and the Bluefish will play the third of a four-game series on Wednesday, with first pitch set for 7:12 p.m. at Harbor Yard.