(June 29, 2019 – York, Pa.): The York Revolution nabbed a fourth consecutive victory and sewed up a sixth straight series win, defeating the New Britain Bees, 4-1 in a rain-shortened eight-inning contest on Saturday night at PeoplesBank Park. The Bees had rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth inning, but a deluge halted play and rendered the surface unplayable for the rest of the night. With the score reverting back to the final completed inning, the 4-1 score stood as the final. The Revs remain within three games of first place with seven remaining in the first half, and will go for the sweep on Sunday at 1 p.m.
York right-hander Corey Walter worked a 1-2-3 top of the first inning to start his day.
Sam Gervacio answered with a scoreless bottom of the first for the Bees, working around a one-out single from Henry Castillo.
Walter allowed just one walk in second as he made it back-to-back scoreless frames.
In the bottom half of the inning, J.P. Sportman lined a one-out single to left to extend his hitting streak to 26 consecutive games, now just five shy of the league record. Welington Dotel followed by notching a single of his own on a bunt, moving his hitting streak to 15 games. Gervacio battled back to record the next two outs, however, keeping the game scoreless.
After Walter worked his third consecutive scoreless inning, York got on the board in the bottom of the third. Justin Trapp led off the inning with a double off the top of the wall in left-center to give York an immediate threat. The next batter, Alvaro Rondon, dropped down a sacrifice bunt right at Gervacio. The throw to first was wild, allowing Trapp to score on the error, giving the Revs a 1-0 lead.
The Bees threatened early in the fourth inning as they loaded the bases with no outs. Walter was resilient, forcing the next two batters to pop out before striking out Vinny Siena to keep York ahead.
Both starters worked scoreless frames in the fourth inning to keep the York lead at 1-0.
After Walter (2-3) twirled his fifth consecutive scoreless inning, the Revs tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Trapp hit his second leadoff double of the game on a bloop to right to set the table. After Rondon was retired on a line drive snagged by shortstop Rando Moreno, Castillo walked to give York runners on first and second with one out. Reliever Tyler Danish retired Telvin Nash on a fielder's choice groundout for the second out, but James Skelton followed by lining a two-out, two-run single to right field to move the lead to 3-0.
Phil Walby entered the game in the top of the sixth inning. Jason Rogers led off with a single to center and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jonathan Galvez followed with an RBI double to right, plating Rogers and cutting the lead to 3-1. Walby rebounded nicely, retiring the next three Bees in order.
York answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the sixth. Dotel got things started by doubling down the left field line. After Angelys Nina advanced Dotel to third on a ground out, Trapp lined an RBI single up the middle to score Dotel and drive the lead to 4-1.
Julio Perez got the ball in the top of the seventh. Siena walked to start the frame for New Britain and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Perez bounced back by forcing Darren Ford to pop out and striking out Bijan Rademacher for the second out. After Perez allowed Alejandro De Aza to reach first on an error, Revs manager Mark Mason brought in Pete Tago to end the inning. Tago answered the call, as he retired Rogers on a ground out to third, and has now stranded 10 of 11 inherited runners on the season.
Josh Judy got the call in the eighth and worked around a one-out single to toss a perfect frame, earning the save.
Recap by Brett Pietrzak
Notes: Sportman’s 26-game hitting streak matches the longest in the league over the last two seasons. Dotel’s 15-game streak is tied for the league’s second longest this year, and is the second-longest active behind only Sportman’s streak. Judy’s save is the 18th of his Revs career, matching Michael Nix for eighth on the club’s all-time list. York has won 14 of its last 17 and is 16-4 since June 10. At 29-34, the Revs are within five games of .500 for the first time since they were 4-9 on May 9. York suffered a rain-shortened 3-0 loss in six innings at New Britain on May 30 when a five-run rally in the top of the seventh was erased when the game was called. At 18-11 in June, the Revs have their highest win total in a month since going 18-12 in September, 2017; it is their winningest June since going 19-11 in 2012. Trapp led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles for his third 3-hit game of the season. York righty Mitch Atkins (3-4, 3.13) faces New Britain lefty Jed Bradley (3-1, 5.56) in Sunday’s series finale at 1 p.m. It is a Sunday Family Funday presented by Weis Markets featuring pregame autographs, catch on the field, and postgame kids run the bases. It is also Bark in the Park presented by East York Veterinary Center. Tickets are on sale at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Revs Ticket Office.