Down five runs two innings in, the York Revolution rallied to tie the game in the seventh, but ultimately fell to the New Britain Bees, 7-6 on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 13, at PeoplesBank Park.
The Revs drop three of four in the series, falling to 21-16 in the second half, still one game behind the Lancaster Barnstormers for first place in the Freedom Division.
The Bees got the scoring started in the first when Michael Crouse reached on a one-out walk and Jovan Rosa drove him home on his league-leading 124th hit and 31st double to make it 1-0. After a single from Jon Griffin, Craig Maddox lifted a sacrifice fly to center making it 2-0 after one.
New Britains (14-21) got to Revs starter Logan Williamson for three more in the second, batting around in the frame. With one on and two out, James Skelton doubled to left center to make it 3-0. Williamson walked the next two to load the bases before being lifted for Joe Van Meter. The Revs righty walked Griffin to force in a run, and Maddox followed with a single, extending the lead to 5-0.
The Revs bullpen held New Britain through the middle frames and the offense finally got to Bees starter Nick Greenwood in the fifth. Chase Simpson led off the inning with his second home run of the season, driving a solo shot to left-center to get the Revs on the board. Luis Cruz followed with a single, and after a double from Alonzo Harris put runners at second and third, Alexi Casilla bounced a single through the left side to make it 5-2. However the Revs would strand the bases loaded to end the inning as Nate Roe came in and recorded a pair of fly outs to get out of the jam.
The Revs continued to battle in the seventh. Harris led off the inning with a swinging bunt for a hit and Casilla followed with a walk. Isaias Tejeda bounced a single through the middle to score Harris, cutting the deficit to 5-3. After Nash blooped a single to load the bases, reliever Casey Coleman rebounded to strike out the next two batters but walked Simpson on four pitches to force in a run, making it a one-run game. The Bees turned to Brandon League who was greeted by Luis Cruz, singling home a run on a swinging bunt up the third base line to tie the game at 5-5.
New Britain answered immediately in the eighth. Skelton led off the inning with a walk and Crouse laid down a bunt toward first base to move him over, but Nash attempted to get the lead runner at second and threw errantly into left field, putting runners at second and third. After Ricardo Gomez recorded a popout and a strikeout, Maddox came through once more with a two-run single to center, giving him four RBIs on the day and 19 on the season against York, putting the Bees ahead 7-5.
York fought until the end. Down to its final out, Cruz doubled to deep right and Witherspoon followed with a line drive off the Arch Nemesis for an RBI single to return the deficit to one. Closer Shawn Gilblair retired Alonzo Harris (4 for 6) on a pop out to end it, as New Britain hung on to win 7-6.
The Revs have the day off on Monday before flying to Sugar Land on Tuesday, beginning a six-game series with the Skeeters.