Somerset Patriots (75-44, 28-21) @ York Revolution (68-51, 27-22)
Friday, August 29, 2014
Santander Stadium: York, PA
TRACY'S WALK-OFF WINNER CAPS WILD COMEBACK
The York Revolution came from behind once in the eighth inning and again in extra innings before Chad Tracy finally sent everyone home happy with a walk-off single in the 13th inning for a 6-5 victory over the Somerset Patriots on Friday night at Santander Stadium. The Revs have won back-to-back games and stay within one game of first place in the Freedom Division’s second half standings, and will host the Patriots again on Saturday night.
Trailing 4-2 with two outs in the eighth, Bryant Nelson delivered the first of several huge late-game hits for the Revs, driving a game-tying double into the left field corner to even the score at 4-4.
Somerset went back in front with a run in the top of the tenth inning on an RBI triple to right-center by Jeff Dominguez, but the Revs again had an answer.
Johan Limonta, making his return from the Mexican League, led off the bottom of the tenth inning with a double down the third base line. After advancing to third base on a groundout for the second out of the inning, Limonta scored as Omar Luna beat out a chopper over the mound for a game-tying infield single, tying things again at 5-5. The run denied a save for Patriots closer Jon Hunton who was going for his 43rd save of the season, having already broken the league’s single-season record.
After leaving the winning run on third base in the ninth and 11th innings, the Revs came through in the bottom of the 13th. Angel Flores led off with a single to left field, preceding the Revs’ third sacrifice bunt of the night, and second from Sean Smith, moving the winning run into scoring position. With two outs, the Patriots issued their third intentional walk of the night, awarding Eric Patterson first base and electing to face Tracy. The Revs’ cleanup hitter made the Patriots pay, serving a single into right field, bringing Flores home with the winning run.
The Revs trailed 4-0 early, eventually tying their biggest comeback victory of the season.
Somerset scored on a first inning solo homer to left by Ty Wright, the fourth consecutive game that the opponent scored a first inning run. The Patriots then used a series of well-placed hits, bleeding the Revs for three runs in the third to go in front, 4-0.
York pitchers held the Patriots to just one run over the final ten innings of play.
Starter Corey Thurman rebounded to allow just one hit after the third inning, retiring 12 of his final 14 batters to work seven innings on the night.
Ian Durham (5-1), York’s fifth reliever of the game, earned the win with scoreless innings in the 12th and 13th.
The Revs got on the board in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run home run to right-center by Smith, beginning the comeback.
York out-hit Somerset 16-13 for the game, and only had one inning all night during which a base runner did not reach. The Revs won despite a season-high 16 runners left on base.
Notes: York improves to 9-5 against Somerset this season in a matchup of playoff-bound teams. The Revs improve to 21-16 in one-run games, one win away from tying a club record for most one-run victories in a season (22 in 2011). The Revs improve to 4-2 in extra-inning games, and 4-0 in extra-inning games at home matching their best record in home extra-inning games along with the 2011 team. Somerset falls to 9-1 in extra innings. The walk-off victory is the Revs’ sixth of the season and third of the month; the Revs had just three walk-off wins in each of the last two full seasons, and the total of six is their most since walking off seven times in 2011. The Revs improve to 37-24 at home, having won nine of their last 11 home games. Edward Paredes worked a perfect eighth inning, and has now allowed just one run in 18.1 innings over his last 13 appearances. Mark Hendrickson allowed a run in the tenth inning, ending a 10-appearance scoreless streak; he has now allowed just two runs over his last 21 appearances. The comeback win marked the Revs’ 30th overall this season, moving within six of matching a club record (36 in 2008). York lefty Logan Williamson (5-5, 2.08) will face Somerset right-hander Gary Moran (10-3, 4.17) in Saturday’s game at 6:30 p.m. It is Youth Football Kickoff & Spirit Night, featuring a Revs mini football giveaway presented by WellSpan Sports Medicine to at least the first 1,000 fans. Postgame fireworks presented by Starbucks Roasting Company follow the game. Tickets are on-sale at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office.