Combined with a stellar performance by starter Logan Williamson and a big night from the offense, the York Revolution bounced back with a 7-1 win over the Sugar Land Skeeters in their series finale on Friday evening, snapping a brief two-game skid and avoiding a series sweep. York's homestand will continue as the Revs welcome the Long Island Ducks to town to open a three-game series beginning on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Williamson (4-5) was outstanding, working a season-high eight innings and allowing just one run on three hits. The lefty walked two and struck out five on the night.
Sugar Land scored the game's first run on a wild pitch with two outs in the top of the first inning, but Williamson allowed nothing further, and retired 15 consecutive batters at one point, beginning with a first inning double play.
The Revs wasted no time in wrestling away the lead, scoring twice in their half of the first inning on a pair of RBI doubles to right-center by Eric Patterson and Travis Garcia for a quick 2-1 lead.
Patterson scored his second of three runs on the night, crossing the plate on a double play in the third inning as the lead became 3-1. The reigning Atlantic League Player of the Month then ripped his second RBI double of the game to left field in the fifth, increasing the lead to 4-1.
Justin Greene added an RBI single to right field in the sixth, and Chad Tracy blasted a deep two-run homer to left-center in the seventh, putting a stamp on the offense's performance.
The Revs received major production from the third and fourth spots in the batting order, as Patterson and Tracy both reached base four out of five times, each going 3-for-4. Patterson registered a pair of RBI doubles, three runs scored, and a stolen base. Tracy added his two-run homer and picked up his first stolen base of the season. Tracy and Patterson are now tied for both the team lead in home runs (13) and RBI (68).
Stephen Penney overcame a pair of singles to begin the ninth inning to record his team record 21st consecutive scoreless appearance, extending his record scoreless streak to 20.2 consecutive innings, finishing off the victory.
Notes: The Revs tied a season-high with five stolen bases as a team; York leads the league, now with a club record 124 steals on the season. York snaps a five-game losing streak against Sugar Land, improving to 4-7 against the Skeeters this season. Williamson's season ERA is lowered to 2.23, nearly a half run lower than the Revs single season club record (2.71 by Ryan Feierabend in 2012). Williamson's streak of 15 consecutive hitters retired came within two of matching a club record for a single game. York righty Scott Gorgen (4-7, 6.32) faces Long Island's Bobby Blevins (6-3, 3.40) on Saturday night at Santander Stadium. It is Bike Night and Field Hockey Night, and features a postgame Laser Show presented by Wilke Enginuity Incorporated. Tickets are on-sale at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office.