York Revolution's first-place lead extended to two games with 2-1 victory over Long Island
- York defeated Long Island, 2-1, on Monday.
- With the win, the Revs extend their lead in the Freedom Division to two games with six to play.
- Newly-acquired Rubi Silva hit a solo home run on the first pitch he faced to tie the game at 1-1 in the fifth inning.
The York Revolution can see the finish line to the Atlantic League regular season.
Awaiting at the end of it is a playoff berth that is officially now York's to lose.
The Revs secured a 2-1 victory over the Long Island Ducks on Monday, Sept. 11, at PeoplesBank Park, extending their Freedom Division lead to two full games over the rival Lancaster Barnstormers.
Both teams now have six games remaining in the regular season.
After York (36-28) fell behind 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning, it needed just two innings to pull ahead for good.
Newly-acquired Rubi Silva, who joined the team earlier Monday, belted a game-tying home run in the bottom half of the fifth on the first pitch he saw, leveling the score at 1-1. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, Alonzo Harris provided the game-winning run, singling home Ryan Dent to put the Revs on top, 2-1.
All that was left was for the York bullpen to close out the deal, which it did. The Revs allowed just one hit over the final three innings, with Grant Sides, Ricardo Gomez and Chase Huchingson pitching clean innings.
Neither side gave itself a ton of scoring opportunities, with the Revs recording six hits and Long Island (35-29) just four. Two of those hits came off of York starter Victor Mateo, who pitched a strong game, allowing just one unearned run over five innings, walking five and striking out five.
Joe Van Meter wound up picking up the win, coming in for the top of the sixth and pitching a scoreless frame.
Monday's contest was a make-up game from last week and started a stretch of seven consecutive home games to close out the year for the Revs.
They'll now begin a three-game series on Tuesday against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs before finishing up the regular season with a three-game set against Lancaster, which could decide the division.
First pitch for Tuesday's game is slated for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park.