The York Revolution received the out of town help they needed, but were denied in their first opportunity to clinch a first half title on Friday night, falling to the Lancaster Barnstormers 4-3 on Independence Day evening in front of 8,294 fans at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The Revs hold a magic number of one to wrap up the Freedom Division's first half title, and will make another bid to do so as the series continues on Saturday night.
Lancaster scored in the bottom of the first inning for the initial lead. After recording the first two outs, Revs starter Jorge Martinez was touched for four consecutive singles, the third of which came from Gabe Jacobo, driving in the game's first run.
The Revs seemed poised to take control of the game, scoring three times in the top of the second. After drawing a leadoff walk, Chad Tracy advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored with one out on a single to center by Ofilio Castro, tying the score. Castro took second as the throw went to the plate, and scored on a single to left-center by Travis Garcia, who also advanced an extra base on another throw to the plate. Salvador Paniagua followed with an RBI double to left-center, increasing the lead to 3-1. An error placed runners at second and third with still only one out prompting Lancaster to have bullpen activity, but starter Dan Osterbrock managed to escape further damage, and allowed nothing else the rest of the night.
The Barnstormers responded with three of their own an inning later before the scoring ceased for the night. Andrew Clark led off the bottom of the fourth with a single up the middle, and Jacobo ripped an RBI double down the left field line, advancing to third on the throw. He would then score the tying run on a groundout to second base by Wilson Batista, tying the game at 3-3. Martinez ran into two-out trouble again, as a hit by pitch to Juan Apodaca and a walk to ninth hitter Casey Frawley kept the inning alive for Lance Zawadski who singled up the middle, giving Lancaster a 4-3 lead.
Osterbrock (6-2) lasted 6.1 innings to pick up the win. He was backed up by relievers Jason Richardson who entered to strand two in the seventh, Ross Peeples who recorded three groundouts in the eighth, and Jason Urquidez who struck out the side for his 11th save after allowing an infield single by Castro to start the ninth. The Revs managed just three hits, two of which were infield hits, from the third inning-on.
Martinez (4-3) suffered the loss, charged with four runs on eight hits in three innings of work, after owning a 1.64 ERA over his previous six starts.
The Revs bullpen was tremendous in keeping the game close, as Beau Vaughan retired all eight batters faced, Mark Hendrickson worked 1.1 innings, and Stephen Penney fired a scoreless eighth.
Notes: The attendance was the third largest in Clipper Magazine Stadium history. The Revs fall to 7-4 head-to-head against Lancaster for the season, as a six-game winning streak is snapped. Revs leadoff hitter Justin Greene saw his 15-game hitting streak snapped; Greene batted .460 on the streak. York's magic number shrinks to one over the Sugar Land Skeeters who lost 8-5 at Southern Maryland on Friday night; their magic number remains one to also eliminate Lancaster. York lefty Alain Quijano (6-4, 3.83) will face Lancaster right-hander Cory Wade (2-1, 1.62) on Saturday at 7 p.m. Revs fans can catch the action live on SportsRadio 1350, woyk1350.com, and on the WOYK mobile apps beginning at 6:40 p.m. with Darrell Henry and Daniel Kurish on the call.