Thursday was a successful night for the first-place York Revolution and an historic night for slugger Telvin Nash.
Nash made franchise history to help the Revs claim a pivotal 6-4 victory in the series finale vs. the Sugar Land Skeeters. By taking three of four in the series, the Revs increased their lead to a season-high-tying three games for first place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division second-half race.
York now heads out on a week-long road trip that begins at Southern Maryland on Friday night.
Sugar Land led 2-1 before York took the lead in the bottom of the third inning, thanks to Nash. Welington Dotel slapped a one-out single to right to give the Revs their first base runner of the inning. Nash followed by smashing his 35th home run of the season to deep left-center field, breaking the Revs’ single-season home run record previously held by Chris Nowak (2012) to put York ahead 3-2. Isaias Tejeda followed with a solo home run to left to extend the lead to 4-2.
Nash’s 35 home runs are tied for fifth-most in a season in league history and are the most in the league since 2005. Nash’s two RBIs vaulted him into the Revs’ top 10 for a single season, now tied for seventh with 87 on the year. He is now 20 away from Nowak’s club record for a season (107 RBIs in 2012).
Sugar Land bounced back to tie the game at 4-4 in the fourth. Nash then lined a one-out single to left to set the table in the home fifth. Tejeda wasted no time in breaking the tie as he drove a two-run home run to deep center field, his 20th of the season and second of the game to give York the 6-4 lead.
York reliever Joe Jones (1-0) got the win with two scoreless innings. Jameson McGrane pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 18th save in as many opportunities.
►York has won four of its last five overall and five of its last six at home.
►York holds a three-game lead for first for the first time since Aug. 3-4.
►Nash and Tejeda went back-to-back for the fifth time this season, all since July 12, accounting for half of the Revs’ back-to-back homers on the year.
►Tejeda’s two-homer game is his third of the season, one shy of a Revs single-season record (four by Nowak in 2012) and joining Nash as the first two players to total three multi-homer games in a season since Chad Tracy did it in 2014.
►Tejeda has hit all 20 of his home runs in just 48 games since July 3 and is now tied for third in the league in that category.
►Dotel (2-for-5) is now batting .548 (17-for-31) on a seven-game hitting streak.
►McGrane’s 18 saves are tied for fifth most in a season in team history (Michael Nix, 2011) and are tied with Nix for ninth-most all-time in a Revs career.
►The Revs and Blue Crabs play a twi-night doubleheader on Friday with two seven-inning games beginning at 5 p.m. in Waldorf, Maryland. The first game counts toward the first-half standings as a makeup from a rainout on July 4 while the nightcap is a second-half contest. York righty Ricky Eusebio (0-2, 5.91) faces Southern Maryland right-hander Ryan Chaffee (2-4, 5.89) in the opener, with Revs righty Mitch Atkins (9-4, 2.89) going up against Crabs lefty Tommy Thorpe (2-6, 6.33) in the second game.
Information for this story was provided by the York Revolution.