Mitch Atkins pitches York Revolution to win in playoff opener against Sugar Land

Mitch Atkins was the York Revolution's Pitcher of the Year in 2018. He will return to the team in 2019.
  • Mitch Atkins pitched the York Revolution to an 8-1 win over Sugar Land on Tuesday.
  • Atkins allowed one run over seven innings on six hits. He struck out two.
  • York leads the best-of-5 Atlantic League Freedom Division title series, 1-0.

Mitch Atkins threw seven strong innings as the York Revolution defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters, 8-1 in Game 1 of the 2019 Atlantic League Freedom Division Championship Series on Tuesday night.

The game was played in front of 5,074 fans at Constellation Field in Texas.

Up 1-0 in the best-of-5 series, the Revs will look to sweep the road portion in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

Atkins allowed one run on six hits over seven innings, walking none and striking out two in the first Atlantic League postseason start of his career.

Victor Capellan and Jameson McGrane each fired scoreless innings in relief to close it out.

Mitch Atkins

Telvin Nash paced York's offense with two hits, including a homer, to go with two RBIs, two runs and three walks. Henry Castillo added two hits, including a double, with two RBIs.

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Nash broke a tie with Bryant Nelson (2011) for most postseason home runs in a York uniform with his fourth. He reached base all five times. His three walks tied a Revs postseason record previously shared by Ian Bladergroen, Ramon Castro, and Jared Mitchell.

York drew seven walks in the game, two shy of a club playoff record for a nine-inning contest, while issuing just one walk as a staff. 

Revs righty Dan Minor (8-9, 4.92) faces Sugar Land right-hander Carlos Pimentel (6-4, 3.92) in Game 2 on Wednesday at 7:35 p.m.