The York Revolution scored six times in the first inning en route to a 9-2 win over the New Britain Bees in the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon, July 30, in front of 3,731 fans at New Britain Stadium.
The Revs improve to 13-10 in the second half and stayed within two games of the first-place Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League Freedom Division second-half standings.
Alonzo Harris slammed the game’s first pitch over the left-field foul pole for a leadoff home run to immediately ignite the offense. It was his fourth home run in six games and second leadoff home run in four games.
After a lengthy argument that resulted in the ejection of New Britain manager Stan Cliburn, Alexi Casilla and Isaias Tejeda followed with singles, setting up the Revs for more. With one out, Luis Cruz singled to load the bases. Jared Mitchell followed with a base hit to center, bringing Casilla home to make it 2-0. Carlos Triunfel launched a grand slam to left and lead ballooned to 6-0. The six-run first inning tied the biggest opening inning in Revs history.
Michael Burgess added a line drive home run to right field in the third, retying Harris and Tejeda for the team lead with his 12th of the year and increasing the lead to 7-0.
Conor Bierfeldt got New Britain on the board with a two-run homer down the left-field line in the bottom of the fourth, his 16th of the year. It came after narrowly missing a potential two-run home run to the same direction on a foul ball two innings earlier.
The Revs responded in the sixth. Travis Witherspoon singled with two outs, stole second and scored on a ground-rule double down the left-field line by Harris, who went 3 for 5 in the game, extending his hitting streak to nine consecutive contests. Casilla followed with an RBI single up the middle, plating Harris to give York a 9-2 lead.
Revs starter Jay Gause (6-1) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings to earn the win. He walked four and struck out five and has now held opponents to two runs or fewer in all seven of his starts. His ERA stands at 2.14.
Joe Van Meter, Luke Westphal and Michael Click each tossed scoreless innings to finish off the victory.
York is now 16-10 over its last 26 contests, dating back to the end of the first half of the season.
The six-run first inning was just the second in team history, with the first instance coming in 2012 in a win over the Bridgeport Bluefish.
The Revs will return home for a quick three-game series against the Long Island Ducks starting Monday, before heading back to New Britain for another series against the Bees.
First pitch for Monday's game against the Ducks is set for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park.