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(April 21, 2016, New Britain, Ct.) - While Mother Nature may not have been ready for Opening Night in Connecticut, the York Revolution bats were in midseason form and starter Frank Gailey didn’t miss a beat from a season ago, as York (1-0) surged in the middle innings and held on to defeat New Britain, 7-4 on Friday night at New Britain Stadium.
On a barely 50-degree evening with a steady dose of mist throughout, Gailey earned his first victory of the season, working five strong innings, allowing one run on five hits, striking out four and not walking a batter.
The Revs opened the scoring in the fourth when Isaias Tejeda split the gap in left-center field to score Alonzo Harris from third and Joel Guzman from first. Tejeda picked up where he left off last season when he batted a team-best .356 for the Revs.
The Revs doubled their lead an inning later when Travis Witherspoon hit a moonshot off the scoreboard in left field, also plating Angel Franco who had led off the inning with a single to center. Witherspoon’s home run was the first of the season for the Revs, who ranked second in the Atlantic League in home runs a year ago, blasting 133.
The Bees answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth on a solo shot off the bat of Conor Bierfeldt, who stayed inside on a fastball and sent it over the left field fence, cutting the lead to 4-1 after five innings of play.
The Revs weren’t done, however, as in the top of the sixth, Tejeda and Michael Burgess set the stage with walks, and Jared Mitchell laced a double down the first base line to score Tejeda, extending the lead to 5-1. Then after a Bryan Pounds walk to load the bases and a pitching change for New Britain, right hander Nate Roe surrendered a double to Franco to left-center, plating Burgess and Mitchell to balloon the lead to 7-1. It was Franco’s third hit of the game on a 3-for-4 night at the dish.
The Bees threatened in the seventh, loading the bases with an error and two walks, but Witherspoon chased down a deep fly ball to left-center field off the bat of Steve Carrillo to end the threat and finish a scoreless frame for reliever Brad Allen.  Luke Westphal fired a scoreless sixth inning as York’s first reliever on the night.
New Britain did push a run across in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Jon Griffin, plating Michael Baca who pinch ran for Jovan Rosa after Rosa was hit by a pitch from Jarret Martin to begin the frame.
Curtis Partch came on for the ninth and surrendered a home run to Bierfeldt on his first pitch, Bierfeldt’s second dinger of the game. After three more hits, Partch settled down, striking out pinch-hitter Paul Kronenfeld and giving up only a sacrifice fly to Craig Maddox before striking out Griffin to seal the victory.
Revs Roundup:
W-Frank Gailey (1-0), L-Casey Coleman (0-1)
8 of 9 Revs reached base in the win, and 7 different Revs scored a run
York pitching combined to strike out 11 while walking just three
Frank Gailey becomes the first starting pitcher to win for the Revs on Opening Night since Corey Thurman in 2011 vs Camden; the previous three Opening Night wins had all come from relievers
Gailey moves into fourth place in Revs history for starts (36), third in strikeouts (189), and tied for tenth in wins (12) with the season-opening victory.
7 runs are the most scored by York in an opener since they scored 8 vs Camden in 2011
The Revs improve to 7-4 all-time in season openers
Franco’s three hits are the most by a Revs player making his team debut since Nick Ferdinand went 3-for-4 with a walk-off homer on June 5, 2015 vs. Sugar Land
York righty Steve Janas faces New Britain right-hander Jonathan Pettibone in the second game of the season on Saturday at 6:35 p.m.  Revs fans can catch the action live on SportsRadio 1350,, and the WOYK mobile app beginning at 6:15 p.m. with Darrell Henry on the call.

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