(June 11, 2019 – York, Pa.): The York Revolution made it back-to-back victories and three straight at home with another blowout win over the High Point Rockers, 13-3 in the opening game of Tuesday’s doubleheader at PeoplesBank Park. The Rockers returned serve with an 8-1 victory in the nightcap. The four-day, five-game series continues Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m.
In game one of the Tuesday twinbill, York starter Phil Walby toed the rubber to make his Revolution debut. Walby allowed a one-out walk to Myles Schroeder in the top of the first, but erased the threat with a unique twin killing. Tyler Marincov drilled a deep fly ball to left field, but Justin Trapp made the catch and threw back to first to double up Schroeder, who assumed the ball was gone and was all the way at third base.
Fresh off of a four-run outburst in the first inning one evening ago, the York bats came alive in the bottom of the first yet again. Trapp and Henry Castillo both slapped singles to set the table for Melky Mesa. High Point starter Seth Simmons then hit Mesa with a breaking ball to load the bases with no outs. Isaias Tejeda worked a bases loaded walk to plate Trapp and give the Revs an early 1-0 advantage. Telvin Nash followed by grounding to third baseman Hector Gomez who fired the ball over the head of the catcher Schroeder, allowing both Castillo and Mesa to score and move the lead to 3-0. The offense did not stop there, as J.P. Sportman lined an RBI single into left field, scoring Tejeda with the fourth run. After Simmons finally recorded the first two outs of the inning, Nate Coronado blooped an RBI single into center to score Sportman and extend the first inning lead to 5-0.
After Walby worked his second consecutive scoreless inning, Tejeda smacked an RBI double to right-center field in the bottom of the second, thrusting the lead to 6-0.
The Revs continued to play great defense behind Walby in the top of the third. Giovanny Alfonzo reached base on a two-out single to give High Point a threat. The next batter, Tyler Ladendorf, slapped a double down the left field line. Alfonzo ran through the stop sign and was caught in between third and home. Trapp made a great throw to shortstop Ryan Dent who cut and threw to Coronado at third. Coronado relayed home to get Alfonzo at the plate as Trapp recorded his second outfield assist of the day on the play.
The Revs tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Tejeda drew a one-out walk to give the Revs their first base runner of the inning. Nash drew a walk of his own to put two runners aboard. Sportman kept the offense going by singling to load the bases. Tejeda recorded the first run of the inning when he scored on a Daniel Gibson wild pitch pushing the lead to 7-0. The next batter, Welington Dotel smacked a two-run single up the middle, extending the blowout lead to 9-0.
The Rockers responded with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth off of York reliever Jeffrey Rosa with just one out. Lefty Rob Carson came into the game to end the fifth. With Schroeder on third, Viosergy Rosa lofted a ball into left field. Trapp made the squeeze and fired a strike at home to get a tagging Schroeder to end the frame, giving him a team-record third outfield assist of the game.
York added more insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Revs used three consecutive singles from Trapp, Castillo, and Mesa to load the bases with no outs. Tejeda drew his second bases loaded walk of the game to push the lead to 10-3. Nash followed by driving a sacrifice fly to deep center field, scoring Castillo and upping the lead to 11-3.
After Pete Tago worked a scoreless top of the sixth inning, Coronado launched a two-run home run to left, his second of the year, to expand the lead to 13-3.
Josh Glick received the call to finish things up in the ninth and worked a scoreless frame to give the Revs the game one victory.
Fresh off of a win against the Rockers in High Point last Thursday, Daniel Minor took the mound for game two of the doubleheader. The righty got off to a great start early, retiring the side in order in each of the first two innings.
High Point starter Edwin Carl responded with a scoreless first, stranding Mesa on third base to end the frame after a double.
High Point took the lead in a game for the first time all series in the top of the third. Alfonzo hit a one-out double to set the table. After Minor retired Frank Nigro on a strike out, Ladendorf singled home Alfonzo to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead. A single from Schroeder put runners on the corners with two away and Ladendorf scored the Rockers’ second run of the game on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 High Point.
York cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Mesa slapped a one out double down the right field line, Sportman capped a ten-pitch at-bat with an RBI single to left field to cut the lead to 2-1.
That forced Carl’s exit, but lefty Ashur Tolliver entered to retire Dotel on a ground out, stranding two runners. Tolliver handled a scoreless fifth inning as well.
Minor finished strong, retiring seven of his final eight batters and limiting the Rockers to just two runs on three hits (all in the third inning) over five innings of work.
Jarret Martin got the call to relieve Minor in the top of the sixth inning and allowed a hit to Schroeder but faced the minimum as the inning ended on a tremendous diving catch from third baseman Angelys Nina who fired to first to record the double play.
Brian Clark pitched a scoreless sixth inning for High Point, working past a leadoff error against the middle of the Revs order.
The Rockers broke things wide open in the top of the seventh inning, scoring six in the frame, all with two outs. Ladendorf struck a bases-clearing three-run double to left-center, giving him four RBI for the game. Marincov added an RBI double, and Rosa capped the scoring with a two-run double.
Rockers closer Trevor Frank slammed the door in the bottom of the seventh, as York had to settle for a doubleheader split.
Recap by Brett Pietrzak
Notes: Trapp’s three outfield assists in game one not only set an individual single-game record, but also tied a team-single game record for outfield assists. Trapp now leads the team with six outfield assists on the season, already the most by a Revs outfielder since Travis Witherspoon and Alonzo Harris racked up seven apiece in 2017. After an 11-0 win on Monday, the 13-3 victory in game one marked the first time since August 19-20, 2016 at Lancaster that the Revs scored double digits in back-to-back games. It also marked the first time they had done it in back-to-back games played at home since May 7-8, 2013 vs. Somerset. Tejeda drew four walks in the doubleheader, tying a franchise record for a twinbill for the sixth time. The five-run first in game one was the biggest first inning of the season for the Revs, and was their fifth inning of five runs or more this season as well as their sixth bat-around inning. The Revs have now outscored opponents 31-16 in the first inning this season. York righty Duke von Schamann (0-1, 3.14) starts on Wednesday opposite High Point right-hander Stephen Johnson (3-2, 4.68). It is a Kids Eat Free Wednesday presented by PeoplesBank, College Night featuring 50% off tickets with Student ID, and features a Budweiser Clydesdales Appearance. Tickets are on sale at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Revs Ticket Office.