Sovereign Bank Stadium, York—The York Revolution beat the Bridgeport Bluefish 8-3 in Game 2 of the Atlantic League Championship Series and are now just one victory away from clinching the title.
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With a come-from-behind 8-3 victory over the Bridgeport Bluefish in Game 2 of the Atlantic League Championship Series on Friday night, the York Revolution now stand one win away from claiming their first ever Atlantic League title, and York's first professional baseball crown in 41 years, owning a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. York scored eight unanswered runs, spearheaded by Ian Bladergroen's monster six-RBI game in front of 4,575 fans at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The series shifts to Connecticut for Game 3 on Saturday night.
The Revs' comeback began in the bottom of the fourth, the same inning that saw Bridgeport score three times building a 3-0 lead. Ramon Castro (5-for-5) snapped a streak of seven consecutive batters retired by Bluefish starter Denny Stark, pounding a double high off the wall in right-center to lead off the frame. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Castro was tagged out in a rundown play on a fielder's choice to shortstop off the bat of Jose Herrera, but Herrera advanced to second on the play, and scored on a two-out single to right-center by Bladergroen, getting the Revs on the board.
Down 3-1 in the sixth, Castro again led off with a double, this time to left, and Herrera (3-for-4) drove him in with a single midway up the Arch Nemesis in left field. James Shanks followed with a double down the third base line, and within one run, the Revs had the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second, ending Stark's night. Southpaw Matt Smith came on to face Bladergroen but was greeted with a two-run double to right field, giving York the lead for good at 4-3.
Facing another lefty in Paul Oseguera an inning later, Bladergroen hammered a three-run homer down the right field line and over the Revolution clubhouse, busting it open with a 7-3 lead. Erold Andrus made it back-to-back jacks, connecting on an opposite field shot to right to provide the final score.
Bladergroen finished the night 3-for-4 with a double, homer, and six RBI, after entering the night 2-for-20 in the postseason with just two RBI.
The third through seventh spots in the Revolution lineup combined to go 14-for-22 with all eight RBI and all eight runs scored, part of a 16-hit attack, the most hits ever recorded by the Revs in a postseason game.
Bridgeport had taken a 3-0 lead in the fourth, their first lead of the series. Hiram Bocachica worked a one-out walk and scored on an error when Steve Moss' deep fly ball to right field was dropped. Danny Putnam smacked an RBI double, and Colin Roberson launched a sac fly as part of the outburst.
Only one of the runs was charged as an earned run against York starter Matt DeSalvo, who made a huge play to end the fifth, knocking down Joe Jiannetti's ground ball with the bases loaded, and starting a 1-2-3 double play to keep the 'Fish off the board. DeSalvo has now allowed just two earned runs in 17.2 innings this postseason.
The York bullpen (Dustin Pease, Celson Polanco, Michael Nix, Eric Ackerman, R.J. Rodriguez) combined to work the final four innings without allowing a run. Polanco (1-0) earned the victory, recording the final out of the sixth before York took the lead for good.
Bridgeport was held without a hit over their final three innings.
Stark (1-1) suffered the loss, charged with four earned runs on eight hits in five-plus innings of work.
Notes: The Revs improve to 5-2 this postseason, including a 4-1 mark at home, having won three straight Game 2 marked the first time this postseason that the team that scored first did not win it was York's first ever come-from-behind playoff win the Revs have only had three lead changes and one tie in their seven playoff games the last pro baseball team from York to capture a championship was the 1969 York Pirates of the Eastern League York lefty Chris Salberg (1-0) faces Bridgeport southpaw Luis Gonzalez (0-1) in Game 3 on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard fans not boarding the Revolution bus trip to New England can catch the action live on SportsRadio 1350, Shoutcast.com (search WPDC) and YorkRevsTV.com beginning at 6:30 with Darrell Henry on the call.