The York Revolution's bid at a late-game comeback fell a run short on Thursday night, Aug. 10, dropping the first game of a four-game series at PeoplesBank Park to the New Britain Bees, 4-3.
York (20-14) fell behind 4-0 through six innings before its offense finally showed some life. Isaias Tejeda got the Revs on the board in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run home run to cut York's deficit in half and give it a chance.
In the next inning, Jared Mitchell made New Britain (12-20) pay for hitting Travis Witherspoon, by doubling him home to make it a 4-3 ballgame. The Revs then got the tying run on base with one out in the bottom of the ninth thanks to an error, but the game ended on a double play.
The Bees did most of their damage in the top of the third, striking for three runs off of York starter Victor Mateo to build a 3-0 cushion. New Britain added to that advantage in the top of the sixth, scoring its final run of the contest to push its lead to 4-0.
Mateo gave the Revs six innings of work on the mound, allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits, while striking out two. The bullpen combination of Joe Van Meter, Luke Westphal and Michael Click each pitched scoreless frames to give the York offense a shot.
Despite the loss, the Revs remain within a game of the Lancaster Barnstormers for first place in the Freedom Division, after Lancaster dropped a 9-3 result to the Somerset Patriots.
York and the Bees will continue the series with the second game on Friday night, Aug. 11. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park.