The Lancaster Barnstormers jumped ahead to a big first-inning lead and never looked back, snapping the York Revolution's three-game winning streak with a 9-3 victory in the series opener on Monday evening in front of 4,624 fans at Santander Stadium.
The War of the Roses rivals will meet two more times in the regular season, with the series continuing in York the next two nights.
The Barnstormers slugged five base hits in a five-run first inning, sprinting out to the big lead. Yusuke Kajimoto opened the game with a base hit, and Reegie Corona legged out a bunt single to set the table. Cole Garner ripped an RBI single to left-center for the first run, before Andrew Clark drove a two-run double to left-center for a fourth consecutive hit to start the game. With one out, Gabe Jacobo launched a two-run homer to left, making it 5-0.
The Revs answered with a multi-run inning of their own, scoring twice in their half of the first. Justin Greene led off with an infield single and Wilson Valdez beat out a hustle double to right-center to land two in scoring position right away. Eric Patterson drove in the first run on a groundout to second. Valdez then took advantage of an opportunity to use his legs again, scoring from third on a throw to first base to complete the out on a dropped third strike, bringing the Revs within 5-2.
Barnstormers starter Dan Osterbrock (9-4) allowed nothing else over seven innings, retiring 13 of 14 batters at one point to earn the win. The lefty scattered seven hits, walked none and fanned seven.
Offensively, the Barnstormers padded their lead with a run in the third on a Ben Francisco double to left, then scored again on a two-out infield single by Garner in the sixth and a two-run double to left-center by Garner in the eighth. Garner reached base all five times, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs, taking the league lead with 76 RBIs on the season, moving two ahead of York first baseman Chad Tracy, who had the night off.
The Revs scored their final run on a groundout by Travis Garcia in the bottom of the eighth.
Revs starter Corey Thurman (7-5) suffered the loss, one start after moving into sole possession of second on the Atlantic League's all-time wins list. The righty was charged with six runs, but did settle down to last five innings after the rough first. It was just the fourth time in 19 starts that Thurman has allowed more than three earned runs. He entered play with a 1.63 ERA over his previous six starts.
Notes: The five-run first inning marked the biggest inning allowed by the Revs in over a month, and just the fifth time all season they have allowed five or more runs in one inning. The nine runs allowed tied a season-high for the third time and first time in more than a month. The Revs still have not allowed double digits in a game all year. ... Greene went 2-for-5, raising his league-best batting average one point to .374. He has now hit safely in 65 of 78 games, with 36 multi-hit games. ... Tim Battle went 3-for-4, posting a season-high in hits. He is now 6-for-12 over his last three games. ... Sean Smith was held hitless in four at-bats, snapping a season-best eight-game hitting streak, during which he had batted .414. ... York now leads this year's War of the Roses series 11-7 with two games remaining. ... York's Logan Williamson (4-5, 2.33) will face Lancaster's Chris Schwinden (11-2, 2.49) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.