The York Revolution returned home from a 10-game road trip and opened an eight-game homestand with a 7-5 victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers on Friday evening in front of 5,412 fans at Santander Stadium.
The Revs have now won five of their last seven overall and move within three games of Lancaster for first place. The series continues on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.
The Barnstormers got the scoring started in the first when the Atlantic League's leading hitter, Blake Gailen, hit a two-run double to left. He was later singled in by Tony Delmonico giving Lancaster a 3-0 lead right out of the gate.
York answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning on a three-run, line drive home run to right by Johan Limonta, tying the game right away at 3-3. It was Limonta's fourthhome run of the year, his third scoring three or more runs.
The Revs struck for three more in the second thanks to a Travis Garcia solo home run to left and a two-run RBI double to right by Eric Patterson, giving them a 6-3 lead.
Lancaster grabbed one back in the fourth on a Yusuke Kajimoto RBI double to right, making it a 6-4 ballgame.
The Revs answered back as Sean Smith ripped an RBI single to right in the fifth, pushing the Revs' lead back to three at 7-4.
Lancaster received an RBI groundout from Gailen in the top of the seventh to make it 7-5, but York's bullpen finished it off as Michael Wuertz fired a scoreless eighth and Rommie Lewis worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his ninth save of the year, tying for the league lead in that department.
Revs starter Alain Quijano (4-1) earned his third straight win, allowing just four runs in six innings. After his first three batters faced scored in the first inning, he allowed just one run the rest of the way.
Lancaster used three relievers to patchwork together their eight innings of pitching, with starter Brodie Downs (1-1) taking the loss, charged with six runs on eight hits in three innings.
Notes: All three York home runs that have accounted for three or more runs this season have been hit by Limonta who now leads the team with four home runs total… Limonta also extended his hitting streak to 18 consecutive games, the seventh longest in Revs history… the Revs stole four bases in the game, tying a season-high… Smith stole two bags increasing his league-leading total to 13 on the year… Lewis has now saved a game in seven consecutive appearances, extending his club record… the War of the Roses series is now tied 3-3, as the Revs have won three of the last four meetings… York's Mike McClendon (2-2, 4.85) will face Lancaster's Cody Scarpetta (0-1, 3.91) on Saturday night… it is Ag & Farm Night presented by GVM Inc… the night concludes with Inside the Park Fireworks presented by Commonwealth Connections Academy… the fun begins with a Bubble Wrap World Record Attempt presented by Colony Papers Inc.