Ever since being acquired by the York Revolution in the middle of June, pitcher Jay Gause has provided the team with a dependable arm, first as a reliever and now as a starter.
Making his third start for York on Thursday night against the Bridgeport Bluefish, Gause again spun a gem, helping the Revs score a 4-1 victory at Harbor Yard and earn a four-game series split against the Bluefish.
Gause's only blemish came in the bottom of the third, when Bridgeport (2-2) opened the game's scoring. The run scored on a double play, after Gause loaded the bases with nobody out, so surrendering a single run was a minor victory.
Limiting the damage in that inning kept York (2-2) in the contest and the offense finally came around to support Gause in the sixth. The Revs scored three times in the frame to build a 3-1 advantage. The first run came home on a wild pitch by Bluefish starter Rainy Lara. Alonzo Harris singled home the go-ahead run a couple pitches later to make it 2-1 and then an insurance marker was plated on a Jared Mitchell single.
York made it a 4-1 cushion in the seventh with another run, with Chase Simpson doing the honors with a leadoff home run.
After that, Gause and the Revs' bullpen did the rest. Gause lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowing the lone run on three hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Chase Huchingson relieved Gause to get the final two outs in the seventh and then Ricardo Gomez and Brad Allen pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to nail down the victory.
Michael Burgess and Simpson led York's offense with two hits apiece.
The Revs will begin a three-game series against the rival Lancaster Barnstormers on Friday night. York went 6-4 against Lancaster in the first half of the season.
First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium.