(May 30, 2023 – Central Islip, NY): The York Revolution completed a third consecutive victory and sixth in the last seven games with a series opening 7-2 triumph over the Long Island Ducks on Tuesday night at Fairfield Properties Ballpark. The Revs (16-13) pull within one game of Long Island for first place with the victory.
Coming off a dramatic ninth inning comeback victory in Charleston the day before, the Revs went right to work in the top of the first inning, loading the bases on three consecutive walks by Long Island starter Wladimir Pinto. Nellie Rodriguez cashed in, ripping a two-run single to left for the game’s first runs. Richard Urena walked as Pinto walked four of his first five batters, and Trey Martin lined a sac fly to left for a 3-0 lead.
Long Island got on the board in the bottom of the first as Daniel Murphy doubled to right center plating Adeiny Hechavarria. Center fielder Tomo Otosaka made a clutch running grab in front of the fence in left center to retire Joe DeCarlo for the final out, leaving the bases loaded and maintaining York’s 3-1 edge.
York added to the lead in the fourth as Drew Mendoza reached on an error and stole his first two bags of the year, swiping both second and third, before scoring on a Trent Giambrone single to left center.
The Revs rallied with two outs in the fifth as Mendoza singled and raced from first-to-third on an infield hit by Jhon Nunez, before scoring on Alexis Pantoja’s base hit up the middle for a 5-1 lead.
Hechavarria crossed home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth, but Revs starter Tom Sutera (2-2) got a big double play grounder off the bat of Alex Dickerson and struck out DeCarlo to strand two runners, finishing five strong innings for his first win as a starter this season.
The bullpen was lights out again as Nelvin Correa chucked two scoreless frames, and lefties Tasker Strobel and Derek Holland both handled scoreless innings to close out the win.
The offense added two more runs in the seventh on an RBI double to left by Mendoza (2-for-5) and an RBI single up the middle by Nunez (3-for-4).
Notes: York is three games over .500 for the first time since they were 8-5 at the end of play on May 12; that was also the last date on which they were within one game of first place. The Revs’ streak of five consecutive batters reaching safely to start the game came within one of a franchise record. Otosaka bunted for a hit in the fourth, notching his sixth bunt hit in 17 games, already within two of cracking the Revs’ top 10 for bunt hits in a season. Mendoza is now 8-for-18 with four doubles on a four-game hitting streak. Correa worked his second outing of two scoreless innings on the current road trip. Strobel handled a scoreless performance for the third straight outing and seventh in the last eight. Holland has not allowed a hit in 3.1 innings since joining the Revs. York righty Pedro Vasquez makes his debut as Wednesday’s scheduled starter, facing Long Island lefty Stephen Tarpley (1-1, 3.74) 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.