The York Revolution added two familiar faces and two big bats over the weekend, bolstering the team's attempt to win the Atlantic League Freedom Division second-half race.
Two of the catalysts during the Revs' run to the 2017 Atlantic League championship have returned to the team.
Both made immediate impacts over thew weekend.
Friday, first baseman Telvin Nash blasted a pair of home runs in a comeback bid that was paused in the bottom of the fifth inning with York trailing the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, 7-6 at PeoplesBank Park. The game was suspended because of rain and was resumed at 1 p.m. Sunday. York eventually lost that game, 9-8.
That contest was followed by a 4-3 York win in a seven-inning, regularly-scheduled contest on Sunday vs. the Crabs in front of an announced crowd of 2,809 fans. York is now 12-13 in the second-half race.
Outfielder/second baseman Alonzo Harris has also returned to the team. He was the Revs' most valuable player a year ago, as well as the Atlantic League Player of the Year and Baseball America's Independent League Player of the Year.
In Saturday’s 8-4 victory over Southern Maryland, Nash belted a third homer and Harris stole four bases.
Last year, Harris ranked fourth in the Atlantic League in batting (.315), tied for fourth in home runs (23), tied for second in hits (145), third in total bases (244), fifth in extra-base hits (52), and second in slugging (.530) while leading the league with 89 runs scored. The Revs' leadoff man also stole 31 bases.
Harris, 29, re-joined the Revs after starting the 2018 season with Los Tigres de Quintana Roo in the Mexican League. He has also previously played in the New York Mets and Miami Marlins organizations.
Nash was a force in the middle of the Revs' lineup in 2017, hitting .282 with 16 home runs and 39 RBIs in 48 games. Nash was named the Atlantic League Championship Series co-MVP in 2017.
Nash, 27, re-joined the Revs after playing for Los Bravos de Leon in the Mexican League to start the 2018 season. He was originally a third-round draft pick of the Houston Astros in 2009 and has played in the Astros and Chicago White Sox organizations.
In the completion of the suspended game on Sunday, Nash finished 3 for 4 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
In York's 4-3 win over Southern Maryland on Sunday, Harris was 1 for 4, while Nash was hitless in two at-bats. Melky Mesa (two hits, two RBIs, run) and Henry Castillo (two RBIs) led the York attack in the 4-3 win.
Robert Carson started for York and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs. Grant Sides (4-0) got the win in relief, despite giving up a run in his single inning of work.