Eric Patterson went 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs to lead the offense as the York Revolution kicked off a stretch of 10 consecutive road games with a nail-biting 6-5 win in Lancaster against the Barnstormers on Tuesday evening.
The win lifts the Revs back over .500 at 9-8, and into a tie for second place, just two games behind Lancaster for first after gaining their first War of the Roses victory of the young season. The two teams will meet in Lancaster again the next two nights.
Patterson opened the scoring with a line drive solo homer to right-center in the top of the first inning, providing the Revs with an early 1-0 lead.
Lancaster answered with a pair of runs in its half. Revs starter Alain Quijano settled in from there, retiring his next eight consecutive hitters, and 15 of his next 16 batters faced while his offense retook the lead.
The Revs went ahead with three runs on four hits in the top of the third. Sean Smith led things off with a double to left-center, stole third, and scored on a throwing error by catcher James Skelton to tie it. Johan Limonta and Ofilio Castro added RBI singles later in the inning, putting the Revs ahead 4-2. Patterson then launched a two-run homer to right-center in the top of the fifth as York's lead grew to 6-2. It was his first multi-homer game with the Revs, and York's first multi-homer game of the season.
Quijano (2-1) allowed a two-run homer to right by Brock Kjeldgaard in the sixth inning, but came back with a pair of fly outs to finish six innings of work, allowing just three earned runs out of his four total.
Mark Hendrickson struck out the side in the seventh inning and recorded the first two outs in the eighth before allowing a doubled, but reliever Julio DePaula entered to get the final out of the frame.
Lancaster rallied in the bottom of the ninth, beginning with a bloop triple down the left field line by Fred Lewis, just beyond the diving effort of left fielder Tim Torres. Casey Frawley lifted a sac fly to left, bringing the Barnstormers within one run. Lance Zawadski then ripped a double to right-center, placing the tying run in scoring position with one out. Revs closer Rommie Lewis came back to retire pinch-hitter Tony Delmonico on a fly out, and after allowing a walk, got a popup to first base to end the game, securing his fourth save.
Notes: Limonta (2-for-5) extended his hitting streak to a team-best eight consecutive games. He has now driven in 10 runs on the streak Patterson's four-hit game is a season-best for a Revs batter Smith (3-for-5) enjoyed a season-high in hits, and is the first Revs batter to collect two doubles in a game this season ... York's Mike McClendon (2-1, 5.54) will face Cody Scarpetta (0-1, 4.20) in Wednesday's contest at 7 p.m.