The York Revolution wrapped up the regular season in Sugar Land on Sunday night with 5-3 loss to the Skeeters. Despite the defeat, the Revs still ended up as the Atlantic League Freedom Division second-half champions.
Lancaster lost, 2-1, in Southern Maryland on Sunday. As a result, both York and Lancaster finished with identical 43-27 second-half records.
Since Lancaster already won the first-half crown, York automatically wins the second half if both teams finish with the same second-half records.
Either way, it doesn't a play factor into the setup for this week's Atlantic League Freedom Division championship series between the two clubs.
Pitching: Revs' starter Chris Waters (6-8) took Sunday's loss, giving up four runs on three hits to go with four strikeouts and two walks. Waters had just one bad inning, giving up an RBI single and a three-run homer to Jason Lane in the third inning.
The Skeeters (64-76 overall, 35-35 second half) tacked on their final run in the eighth inning when reliever R.J. Rodriguez surrendered an RBI single to Josh Pressley that scored Ofilio Castro.
Sugar Land starter Kelvin Villa (4-8) held York to two runs on five hits. York took an early lead when Michael Hernandez scored on an RBI groundout by Andres Perez.
Hernandez played for the first game since Sept. 15, when he left the game that day against Somerset with a groin injury.
The Revs later drew to within 4-2 in the sixth inning when Chris Nowak drove in Perez with an RBI single.
York started a two-out rally in the ninth inning when facing Skeeters' closer Gary Majewski. Revs' first baseman Johan Limonta hit a double and was followed by a single from Jeff Fiorentino before scoring on an RBI single from Salomon Manriquez.
York outfielder Scott Grimes represented the tying run when he came to the plate with two runners on. But Majewski got Grimes to pop out to short stop to end the game.
The Revs still won the series, taking four of the six games in Sugar Land. York finishes with a club-best 43 wins in a half while also setting a club mark in overall victories at 79-61.
Schedule: York will fly back Monday from Houston to Baltimore-Washington International airport and have off Tuesday before beginning the title series Wednesday night in Lancaster.
The Revs will enter the series playing perhaps their best baseball of the season.
York will enter the postseason having won nine of its final 11 games, 11 of its last 14 and 16 of its last 20. Lancaster, meanwhile, went 12-11 in its last 23 games.
--Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.