The York Revolution inched back from an early deficit, but still fell to the Somerset Patriots, 5-3 on Wednesday evening in front of 3,855 fans at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, N.J.
The Revs will look to bounce back and avoid a series sweep when they wrap up their road trip on Thursday, before returning home to host Long Island this weekend.
Somerset built an early 5-0 lead against York starter Corey Thurman through three innings. The Revs loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth but could only manage a sacrifice fly by Matt Spencer, making it 5-1. Patriots starter Derell McCall (7-0) allowed nothing else in a season-high seven innings to earn the win, surrendering five hits and one walk while striking out one.
York scored a run in the eighth off reliever Joe Torres when Ofilio Castro doubled with one out, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on a groundout by Wilson Batista to make it 5-2. Batista picked up his 57th RBI of the season, tying a club record for a switch-hitter.
York threatened to come back against closer Jon Hunton in the ninth. Chad Tracy drew a leadoff walk to start things and Spencer reached on his second infield hit of the night. With one out, Salvador Paniagua bounced a single through the left side, scoring Tracy to pull within 5-3 on Paniagua's 50th RBI of the season. Kerry Kirkland added an infield single to load the bases with one out, but Hunton came back to end the game, getting a 4-6-3 double play on a sharp grounder off the bat of Ruddy Yan to earn his league-leading 33rd save.
Thurman (4-12) was tagged with the loss, charged with five runs (four earned) in five innings. Thurman was followed by relievers Beau Vaughan, Pedro Liriano, and Anthony Slama, who each worked scoreless innings.
Revs cleanup hitter Mark Teahen singled in the fourth inning extending his hitting streak to 13 consecutive games, the longest by a Revs batter this season.
York has now lost 10 straight meetings to the Patriots, matching their longest losing streak against one opponent (Southern Maryland, 2009).
York's Zack Segovia (2-3, 7.23) will face Somerset's Graham Taylor (8-5, 3.46) in Thursday's series finale at 7:05 p.m.
Parking restrictions on Friday: Because of the York High football game on Friday night, the Small Athletic Field parking lot, which is usually reserved for York Revolution games, will not be available to fans attending the baseball game that evening against the Long Island Ducks.
The Revs have secured an alternative site -- the parking area at the Susquehanna Commerce Center, 221 W. Philadelphia St. For fans who do not wish to walk to Sovereign Bank Stadium from that location, Bailey Coach will provide a shuttle to and from the ballpark between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Fans already holding parking passes to any handicapped parking areas around the stadium, or skybox ticket holders with passes for the Queen Street lot, will be unaffected by the parking changes.
Because of the parking changes, the Revs are encouraging fans of their game to arrive early to avoid delays that could result.