The York Revolution will return to PeoplesBank Park for at least two Atlantic League playoff games this weekend.
The Revs had to settle for a split in Sugar Land after a 5-2 loss to the Skeeters on Wednesday during a testy night in Texas. The benches cleared after an exchange of hit batters during the latter stages of the game.
The Skeeers' win on Wednesday deadlocked the best-of-5 Freedom Division Championship Series at 1-1. York won the opener on Tuesday night in Sugar Land, 8-1.
Game 3 is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday in York, followed by Game 4 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, also in York. Game 5, if needed, will be 1 p.m. Sunday at PeoplesBank Park. York must win two games over the weekend to advance to the Atlantic League title series. The Revs are looking for their four league championship.
Carlos Franco paced York's attack on Wednesday with a homer, a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Ryan Dent added an RBI double for the Revs.
Benches clear: After Franco nailed an opposite-field solo homer to left-center in the top of the sixth to narrow the margin to 5-2. Melky Mesa was hit by a pitch following the home run and was forced to exit the game because of injury after his third hit by pitch in two games of the series.
Revs reliever Josh Smoker then hit Jason Martinson with the first pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning, prompting the benches to clear, but no ejections were given.
Revs starter Dan Minor took the loss, charged with four runs despite just three hits in 4 2/3 innings. He was victimized by five walks after averaging just 1.5 walks per nine innings during the regular season.
One night after drawing seven walks and issuing only one free pass in the 8-1 win, the tables were turned. York pitching issued nine walks in Game 2 while receiving only two bases on balls offensively.
The loss snapped a five-game postseason winning streak for the Revs dating to 2017.
York righty Duke von Schamann (10-7, 3.51) faces Sugar Land right-hander Troy Scribner (6-7, 3.68) in Friday’s Game 3.
Some information for this story was provided by the York Revolution. Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.