A ninth-inning rally came up just short for the York Revolution on Thursday night in a 4-3 loss at Lancaster in the Barnstormers' home opener.
In a game that started nearly an hour late because of a rain delay, Lancaster went up early, saw York tie it before going back up and not looking back. York tied it up, 2-2, in the fourth inning on a Salvador Paniagua RBI single that plated Steve Bumbry (2-for-3), who scored all three of York's three runs.
Down by a pair of runs in the ninth inning, York began the final frame by putting the first two runners on and moving them over to second and third with one out. Bumbry then scored from third on a fielder's choice when Paniagua got caught in a rundown between second and third. With two outs and the tying runner on first, York's Wilson Valdez sent a shot to right field but the ball came down into the glove of a Lancaster outfielder for the final out.
After sweeping Camden to start the year 4-0, York has now lost back-to-back games to Lancaster (4-2). The Revs will stay on the road, next traveling to Long Island (3-2) for a four-game series starting Friday in what will be the Ducks' home opener.
York starting pitcher and Northern York grad Anthony Lerew (0-1) went four innings Thursday night, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks. The Revs committed a season-high three errors in the loss.
York's Mark Hendrickson, a former big leaguer and current York Township resident, tossed a scoreless inning in relief. And Ian Durham kept Lancaster scoreless over the final three innings while striking out four and allowing two hits. Making their Atlantic League debuts this season, the 25-year-old Durham (two games, five total innings) and 39-year-old Hendrickson (three games, 2.2 innings) have yet to give up a run thus far.
York put up nine hits in the loss but struggled to score, as the No. 3 through No. 6 hitters went a combined 0-for-15. Clean-up hitter Johan Limonta came out of the game in the top of the fifth inning when a foul ball came off the bat of teammate Eric Patterson and hit Limonta, who was standing at the top of the dugout, in the ankle.
Valdez (2-for-5) and Paniagua (3-for-4, RBI) each had multiple hits, with Valdez pumping his season average up to .421 (8-for-19) while Paniagua leads the team with a .500 average (9-for-18).
Next game: York lefty Alain Quijano (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will square off against Long Island right-hander John Brownell (0-0, 3.00 ERA) on Friday.