(July 24, 2022 – York, Pa.): It was an instant War of the Roses classic on Sunday as the York Revolution came out on top in a back-and-forth extra-inning affair, taking home a 12-11 win on a walk-off single from Nellie Rodriguez in the bottom of the 10th inning. Rodriguez racked up five RBI on the day as the Revs nabbed a much-needed series win, pulling within 4.5 games of first place.
Lancaster led early as Shawon Dunston Jr. led off the game with a double to right field and scored two batters later, on a sacrifice fly by Andretty Cordero, giving the Barnstormers a 1-0 lead.
Oscar De La Cruz started for Lancaster and navigated the first two innings rather cleanly, allowing just one baserunner on a walk.
The Revs would get two base runners on with one out in the second after Jhon Nunez walked and JC Encarnacion was hit by a pitch, up and in. Elmer Reyes grounded a ball up the middle that was deflected by De La Cruz. Second baseman Melvin Mercedes fielded the ricochet but overthrew Cordero at first, scoring Nunez and moving Reyes into scoring position. Carlos Franco doubled off the Arch Nemesis, scoring two more and putting York ahead 3-1. Telvin Nash followed with his third home run since his return to York, a two-run liner that carried out to right center field. Rodriguez followed with his third home run of the weekend, another drive to right center, as the Revs went back-to-back for the third time this season, building a 6-1 lead and chasing De La Cruz after 2.1 innings.
Connor Lien narrowly missed a third straight home run, settling for a triple off the top of the wall in right field to greet reliever Bret Clarke, and scoring on a base hit to left from Troy Stokes Jr. In total, the Revs collected six straight hits and eight straight baserunners to take a 7-1 lead.
Lancaster did their best to chip away against Revs starter Eduardo Rivera, as in the fourth inning Ariel Sandoval hit his first home run as a Barnstormer, a two-run shot to right center, which served as just the second Lancaster hit. Sandoval plated another in the sixth on a sacrifice fly to center field, cutting it to 7-4 York.
Disaster struck for York in the seventh inning as Lancaster rallied for four runs and took advantage of multiple Revs miscues to grab an 8-7 lead. Jake Hoover led off the frame with a ground rule double to right center field and Tyler Hill followed with a single to left to set the table. Mercedes plated a run on a single to right field, establishing a new Barnstormers record with a hit in his 21st consecutive game. Andretty Cordero knocked in another on a bouncer up the middle. With two in scoring position, York reliever Brett de Geus missed on a wild pitch to the backstop and Mercedes crossed to tie the game. On the play at the plate, the ball kicked away from de Geus who was covering, allowing Cordero to score with heads up baserunning to put Lancaster in front. Lefty Tuck Tucker relieved de Geus and escaped further damage by striking out Trace Loehr swinging to put an end to the frame.
Trailing by a run, Nash led off the bottom of the seventh to greet debuting Lancaster righty Brandyn Sittinger. Nash proceeded to unload on a towering homer to left center, his second of the afternoon to tie the game at 8-8. It was the 98th of his York career as he also tied Chris Nowak for the franchise record with his seventh multi home run game.
Tucker kept the game tied in top of the eighth, striking out the side in order. In his outing, Tucker threw seven sliders, getting whiffs on all six swings against it, while striking out all four batters faced.
York loaded the bases for Rodriguez with one out in the eighth after Donald Goodson walked three straight batters. Rodriguez drove the second pitch of the at-bat off the batter’s eye in deep center, scoring two and putting the Revs ahead 10-8. It was his fourth extra-base hit of the weekend.
After loading the bases in the top of the ninth against York closer Jim Fuller, the Barnstormers tied the game on a two-run single bounced into right field by Sandoval who drove in five on the afternoon. It denied Fuller of a save as he was attempting to set a new Revs franchise record with his 40th all-time, but he was able to rebound, striking out Hoover to end the inning with two runners on.
Yefri Perez opened the bottom of the ninth against Lancaster lefty Augie Sylk with a single to left and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Nunez. Sylk retired the next two, however, striking out Reyes to end the inning with Perez stranded at third after a stolen base.
York righty Duke von Schamann entered for the tenth, inheriting Hoover as the automatic runner at second base. After back-to-back strikeouts, Mercedes poked another single into right field to score Hoover and give Lancaster the lead again, 11-10.
Reyes started the bottom half at second base and Sylk opened the inning by walking Franco and Nash consecutively to load the bases for Rodriguez. In what was the only fitting end to the weekend, Rodriguez lined a base hit down the left field line to score both Reyes and Franco and give the Revs their fourth walk-off victory of the season. Rodriguez knocked in eight runs over the weekend, capped off by the second walk-off hit of his Revs career, the other being a home run last September against Southern Maryland.
York will begin the last leg of their four-series homestand against Charleston on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The night features the Jungle Book Jamboree, is a WellSpan Sports Medicine Silver Slugger Tuesday, and includes Baseball Bingo presented by Edgar Snyder and Associates. Tickets are on sale at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Shipley Energy Ticket Office.
Notes: The Revs walked off their opponent for the second consecutive Sunday as York did the same to Staten Island on a Melky Mesa ninth inning single seven days earlier. Franco’s two-run double in the third gave him 87 RBI on the season, moving him into a tie for eighth on the Revs single-season RBI list. Nash has four home runs in seven games since returning to York. Rodriguez tied a season-high with five RBI and homered three times on the weekend; his next homer will be the 40th of his Revs career which would move him into the career top ten.