The York Revolution received a stellar outing from their starting pitcher for the third straight game and went on to win at Sugar Land, 4-1, on Tuesday night in the second game of the four-game series down in Texas.
The victory improves York's overall record to 13-11 and evens the series at one game apiece while dropping Sugar Land to 11-13.
The previous night, former big leaguer Mike McClendon went seven innings, marking the first time all season Revs' starting pitchers went seven innings in back-to-back games. On Tuesday, it was Chris Cody's turn to keep the trend going, and the left-hander produced. Cody (2-1) held Sugar Land to a run on eight hits in six innings, striking out two with no walks to pick up his second career win all-time against Sugar Land. He's now 2-6 lifetime against the Skeeters.
Relievers Stephen Penney, Mark Hendrickson, Mike Wuertz and Rommie Lewis combined to hold Sugar Land scoreless over the final three frames.
Unlike Monday night, when McClendon's seven-inning effort was wasted in a 4-1 loss in which the Revs' offense was held to just three hits, York produced just enough Tuesday to get the win. The Revs collected eight hits, going up 1-0 in the second inning when Travis Garcia hit his second homer of the year, 2-1 in the fifth on a Johan Limonta RBI single, 3-1 in the seventh when Chad Tracy scored from third on a wild pitch and 4-1 in the eighth when Ofilio Castro scored on a Sugar Land error. Limonta extended his hitting streak to 15 games, the league's longest streak so far this season.
Since a 12-5 win over Lancaster last Thursday, York has totaled just 13 runs over the next five games, an average of 2.6 runs a game. But the Revs have still managed to win three of those five games.
Skeeters' left-handed starter Steve Hammond (1-3) took the loss, giving up a pair of runs on four hits and six walks in six innings.
York improved to 5-0 when facing a left-handed starter this season.
Next game: With Revs' starting pitcher Anthony Lerew getting picked up by the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, York will move right-hander Jorge Martinez into the starting rotation. Martinez (0-0, 7.10 ERA) will start Wednesday against right-hander David Pauley (2-1, 3.00 ERA).