After being stymied through the first seven innings by Pat Ryan, the York Revolution erupted for six runs in the eighth and went on to a 7-3 Atlantic League victory at Bridgeport on Wednesday night.
The Revs are now 8-1 on the season and will go for their third sweep in four series during the finale of the brief two-game set on Thursday morning at Harbor Yard before returning home.
Ryan retired the first 10 batters that he faced and carried a two-hitter into the eighth, leading 1-0. But the Revs tied a club record for most runs in an inning in the eighth or later, storming in front 6-1.
After Mark Ori worked a leadoff walk, Vince Harrison lined a single into right to set the table. Octavio Martinez then dropped down a sacrifice bunt, moving both runners into scoring position. Scott Grimes, at bat in a pinch-hitting role, was then hit by a pitch on Ryan’s 103rd-and-final pitch of the night, loading the bases with one out.
Reliever Antonio Alfonseca was promptly greeted with a game-changing two-run single up the middle by Chris Walker, busting up the shutout and giving the Revs the lead at the same time. Jason Botts later smoked an infield single off Alfonseca’s glove, driving in Grimes with the third run, while Walker scored the fourth run on Alfonseca’s errant throw. James Shanks applied the capper with a two-run double that split the right-center alley.
Juan Martinez drove in a tack-on run in the ninth with a sac fly to right for the 24-year-old’s first Revolution RBI. His brother Octavio doubled earlier in the inning, the 100th double of his pro career.
Revs starter Corey Thurman allowed just one run in six innings, while walking one and striking out six in a no-decision.
Jason Richardson (2-0) retired all four batters in relief to earn the win. Ronnie Morales also chipped in with two-thirds of an inning of work. R.J. Rodriguez struck out two in the ninth to finish it, despite allowing a pair of runs on three doubles.
The comeback win is the Revs’ fifth in eight victories. In four of those comebacks, they overcame a deficit in the seventh inning or later.
Matt DeSalvo starts Thursday’s morning game opposite Bridgeport lefty Paul Oseguera. First pitch is set for 10:35 a.m. at Harbor Yard.Read More