York, PA – The York Revolution (5-10) clinched the weekend series against the Somerset Patriots (9-7) with a come from behind 9-7 victory. Trailing by three runs heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Revolution scored five runs off of Patriot relievers Anthony Claggett and Josh Rupe. Trailing by one run with two outs and two strikes in the eighth frame, center fielder Stephen Douglas belted the decisive three-run home run (2) off Rupe to make the score 9-7.
This was a contest that featured six home runs between the squads and the teams have combined for 10 home runs through the first two games of this series.
Patriots starting pitcher Mike MacDonald left the game in the first inning after only tossing two thirds of an inning because of an injury. MacDonald injured one of his fingers on his throwing hand attempting to bare hand a ground ball hit right back to him. The Patriots would be forced to use five different relievers to complete the game.
In the bottom of the third inning shortstop Danny Gonzalez laced an RBI single into left center field to score designated hitter Andres Perez to put the Revolution on the board first as they led 1-0.
In the top of the fourth inning the Patriots hit back-to-back home runs for the first time this year. Left fielder Deangelo Mack hit a two-run home run (1) to right field and catcher Lou Santangelo slugged a homer (1) over the big green wall out in left field to make the score 3-1.
In the bottom of the fourth frame Revolution first baseman Chris Nowak spanked a home run (4) over the 37 foot high wall out in left field as the Revolution cut the deficit in half to make the score 3-2.
The Revolution responded quickly in the ensuing half inning as right fielder Michael Hernandez blasted a two-run home run (6) over the “Arch Nemesis” out in left field to cut the deficit in half at 6-4.
Second baseman Freddie Bynum added some insurance as he hit a majestic solo home run to deep right field in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 7-4.
Trailing 7-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Revolution would send eight men to the plate and score five runs. Perez and third baseman Ramon Castro would collect RBI singles before Rupe blew his third save of the season as Douglas’ blast proved to be the difference.
The 2012 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Tuesday, May 15th when the Patriots return home to take on the Bridgeport Bluefish at TD Bank Ballpark. The game features a chance for all fans 21 years and older to Win $10,000 presented by Heineken Premium Light. For tickets call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.