It was an eventful night for the York Revolution on Wednesday.
York slugger Telvin Nash hit a milestone home run and the Revs made a dramatic comeback from a pair of six-run holes, only to lose in extra innings.
None of those facts, however, would turn out to be the biggest news of the night.
Instead, the top news to emerge from Wednesday is this: The Revs are headed back to the Atlantic League playoffs for the eighth time in franchise history. That total is the third-most in league history.
York will enter the playoffs looking for its fourth Atlantic League title since the franchise started in 2007. The team's most recent title came in 2017.
The Revs clinched its fifth second-half Freedom Division crown when first-half champion Sugar Land lost its game vs. Somerset on Wednesday, 8-6. The Revs (39-27 in the second half) had entered Wednesday with a magic number of one for clinching the division.
It sets up a Freedom Division Series playoff match-up with the Skeeters beginning next Tuesday evening in Texas.
Monster year for Nash: Nash, meanwhile, joined the 40-home run club on Wednesday, helping the Revs battle back from 6-0 and 8-2 holes to force extra innings against the Long Island Ducks. The Ducks, however, would eventually earn a 13-8 victory in 10 innings in front of an announced crowd of 2,831 fans at PeoplesBank Park. That loss would matter little, however, when the Patriots lost a little later at home in Texas.
Entering the ninth, York trailed 8-4, only to rally to tie the game. Nash's three-run homer allowed the Revs to move within 8-7. Isaias Tejeda followed later with his second homer of the night to force extra frames.
Nash's blast allowed him to become the fourth player in league history, and first since 2005, to reach the 40-home run mark in a season. The three-run shot also lifted his RBI total to 98 on the year, jumping ahead of Chad Tracy (97 in 2014) for the third-highest total in club history.
Nash also walked three times and has now walked 99 times on the year, two shy of matching a league record. He also scored three runs on Wednesday, raising his season total to 105 runs scored. Tejeda, meanwhile, finished with three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored on Wednesday.
Nash leads the league in homers, RBIs, runs, walks, on-base percentage (.417), slugging percentage (.621) and on-base-plus-slugging percentage (1.037).
Long Island, however, used the biggest extra inning by an opponent in Revs' history to claim the victory, batting around in plating five runs in the 10th.
Playoff tickets: The best-of-5 playoff series vs. the Skeeters will begin Tuesday, Sept. 24, and Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Sugar Land, before returning to York for Game 3 on Friday, Sept. 27, followed by Games 4 and 5, if necessary, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29.
Tickets for the Friday, Sept. 27, game in York are now available at YorkRevolution.com, in the Ticket Office at PeoplesBank Park, and by phone at (717) 801-4487.
Game time for the Friday and, if necessary, Saturday playoff games in York will be 6:30 p.m. Sunday’s Game 5 would be at 1 p.m.
End of regular season: The Revs finish the regular season with three home games this weekend against their cross-river rivals, the Lancaster Barnstormers. The games are set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.
That series will decide the 2019 Community Cup in the War of the Roses battle. York currently holds a 9-7 edge in the 2019 series vs. the Barnstormers. One win this weekend will give York the Community Cup.
Friday, Sept. 20, will be a busy night in downtown York. The York High Bearcats will have a home football game that night at Small Athletic Field. The Revs have announced they have again secured the assistance of the Susquehanna Commerce Center to accommodate parking needs of fans attending the team’s game against the Barnstormers.
With Small Athletic Field parking in use by Bearcats supporters, Revs fans will be able to park at the Susquehanna Commerce Center for free after 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.
Reach Steve Heiser at email@example.com.