(May 29, 2023 – Charleston, WV):  The York Revolution ripped off six runs on six hits in the top of the ninth inning to come from behind and stun the Charleston Dirty Birds with a 7-5 victory on Memorial Day afternoon at GoMart Ballpark. The Revs take three of four in the series and have won five of their last six overall.

Down 5-0 heading to the eighth inning, the comeback began to materialize innocently enough as Jacob Rinesmith lined a sac fly to right to break up Charleston’s combined shutout bid.

Trailing by four and facing Charleston closer Ricardo Gomez in his record 399th Atlantic League appearance, Drew Mendoza ignited the huge ninth with a leadoff double to right center. Richard Urena followed with a base hit to right, and Ryan January was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Trent Giambrone brought home the first run on a ground ball fielder’s choice to third, and Tomo Otosaka ripped a base hit into right field to plate one more and make it 5-3. Otosaka stole second to put two runners in scoring position for Nellie Rodriguez, who nailed a sinking line drive to left that Bobby Bradley was unable to handle, plating Giambrone and Otosaka with the tying runs. Alejandro Rivero followed with a single to left before Gomez induced a fly out for the second out. Trey Martin hit a ground ball to third but second baseman Jalen Miller dropped the throw on the attempted force as the first error of the game kept the inning alive. Mendoza (3-for-5) took full advantage, roping a go-ahead two-run single to right field for his second hit of the inning as the Revs stormed in front in exhilarating fashion.

Closer Blake Rogers was greeted with a leadoff single by Diego Goris (3-for-4) in the bottom of the ninth but retired the next three, striking out the final two to nail down his fifth save and complete the dramatic comeback victory.

The Revs struggled to get anything going offensively until the final innings as Birds starter Danny Wirchansky struck out seven and allowed just two hits, an infield single by January and a bunt hit by Otosaka, in six shutout innings.

Charleston drew first blood in the bottom of the second as Bradley led off with a double to right and scored on a two-out single to right by Goris for the game’s first run.

Revs starter Jorge Martinez kept it 1-0 into the fifth. Charleston loaded the bases with two outs for Telvin Nash who had been fooled on a pair of strikeouts by Martinez earlier in the day. Martinez appeared to have an inning-ending strikeout on a close pitch that was ruled a ball, and two pitches later, Nash smacked a three-run double to left-center as Charleston’s lead grew to 4-0.

Dwight Smith Jr. added an insurance run on a solo homer to right field in the bottom of the seventh, but that was the only baserunner allowed in two innings of relief by J.T. Hintzen (2-3) who picked up the win.

Will Carter retired the side in order in the sixth inning as the Revs’ first arm out of the bullpen.

Notes: The four-run deficit makes it a top-five largest final at-bat comeback in a game in Revs history and the largest since the 2021 season. The overall five-run comeback is the largest since 2021. The Revs have taken the lead in the sixth inning or later in eight of the last 10 wins. York is 9-6 in comeback games this season. It is the Revs’ third last at-bat victory and second in the last five contests. It is York’s second come-from-behind win this season when trailing after six / seven / eight innings with both coming in the last five days. York is 9-2 in games decided by two runs or fewer. The Revs improve to 15-13 overall and 8-8 on the road. York is now 7-1 in day games. The Revs played error-free defense for the second straight game. Otosaka stole two bags as the Revs are now 43-for-46 in stolen base attempts on the year. Carter worked his fourth straight scoreless outing while Rogers tossed his sixth in-a-row. Hintzen’s relief appearance was his first since Opening Night (April 28). Mendoza is now 6-for-13 over his last three games. The road trip continues to Long Island on Tuesday night as righty Tom Sutera (1-2, 5.70) faces off with Wladimir Pinto (0-0, 5.68) at 6:35 p.m.  Revs fans can catch the action live on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 WOYK, 989woyk.com, The New WOYK app, and FloBaseball.TV beginning at 6:15 p.m. with Darrell Henry on the call.