After an unconventional six-game road series, the York Revolution baseball team is finally heading home.
Playing six consecutive games against the Sugar Land Skeeters, from last Tuesday, Aug. 15, through Sunday night, Aug. 20, York managed a 3-3 split of the series. However, it will still likely feel like an overall victory for the Revs, who picked up a game in the Atlantic League Freedom Division standings on the rival Lancaster Barnstormers over that time and now come home tied atop the division.
York had a chance to leave Sugar Land in first place all by itself, but dropped the final game of the series on Sunday night, 6-5, at Constellation Field.
The Revs (24-19) trailed 6-3 going into the ninth, but, after winning three games in the series with ninth-inning rallies, York nearly did it again. The Revs struck twice in the inning to make it a one-run game, but couldn't level the score, leaving the tying run at first base.
It was a back-and-forth affair, with the Skeeters (20-21) answering any offense that York had.
Alonzo Harris opened the game with a solo home run to begin the first and then Jared Mitchell singled home Alexi Casilla to make it a quick 2-0 lead for the Revs. However, York starter Jay Gause gave it right back when Anthony Giansanti tied the game with a two-run homer in the bottom half of the frame.
The game stayed deadlocked at 2-2 until the fifth, when the Revs reclaimed the advantage with an RBI groundout to make it 3-2. But, as in the first, Sugar Land immediately responded, with former York third baseman Bryan Pounds tagging Gause with an RBI single to make it a 3-3 game.
The Skeeters would go ahead for good in the bottom of the sixth with two runs off of Revs' reliever Joe Van Meter to make it 5-3. Sugar Land added an insurance run, which proved to be the difference, in the bottom of the seventh off of Jared Gaynor to push its cushion to 6-3.
York wouldn't go down without a fight, especially not against a familiar face in former Revs reliever Julio DePaula coming on in the ninth to close out the game. After the first two players reached, a wild pitch scored one run to make it a two-run game and then Casilla's second RBI of the night on a single made it a one-run game. Casilla, however, was left at first when Isaias Tejeda struck out to end the game.
The win for the Skeeters also pulled them within three games of Lancaster and the Revs for first in the Freedom Division.
York will now begin a four-game home series against the Somerset Patriots on Monday night, Aug. 21. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park.