The York Revolution split a double-header at Long Island on Saturday and are now 6-3 on the season heading into Sunday's series finale against the Ducks.
In the first game, the Revs collected 10 hits en route to pulling out a back-and-forth 8-7 win. The victory marked the 200th road win in franchise history.
Unlike Game 1, Game 2 was more of a pitching duel between the clubs, with Long Island prevailing, 4-3.
The Revs and Ducks (4-4) will square off in the finale game of the four-game series Sunday afternoon, with Revs' left-hander Chris Cody (0-0, 3.00 ERA) set to make his second start of the season. York will then return home for a six-game homestand beginning Tuesday night in the first of a three-game series against Bridgeport.
GAME ONE: In front of an announced crowd of 4,132 fans for the first game of Saturday's double-header in Long Island, York jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning only to see the Ducks tie it up in the bottom of the frame. Long Island then tacked on three more runs in the second inning to take a 5-2 advantage. York drew within 5-4 with a pair of runs in the third inning before exploding with a four-run fifth inning to go back up, 8-5. Long Island put together a bottom of the ninth rally, striking for two runs to make it a one-score game, before York closer Rommie Lewis finally closed it out.
The Revs collected 10 hits in the victory, with everyone in the lineup except first baseman Johan Limonta (0-for-5, RBI, run scored) getting a hit. Revs' designated hitter and former big league outfielder Eric Patterson went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored. York third baseman Ofilio Castro (2-for-4, run scored) also had multiple hits.
The York offense bailed out starting pitcher Jorge Martinez, a Cuban defector who is pitching in the United States for the first time in his pro career this season. Martinez went three innings as he continues to build up strength in his arm to become a regular pitcher in the starting rotation. But the 30-year-old right-hander gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits with two strikeouts and a walk. He now has a 10.39 ERA on the season, having surrendered seven runs (five earned) in two games (4.1 innings).
Former big leaguer Mike McClendon (1-0), coming off a start against Lancaster earlier in the week in which he went just two innings after being tagged for eight runs on 12 hits, bounced back Saturday by coming in relief for Martinez and holding Long Island scoreless over four innings of work, giving up just two hits while striking out three with no walks. He picked up his first win in a Revs uniform as a result.
Setup man Mike Wuertz tossed a scoreless inning in relief for York and closer Rommie Lewis gave up two runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout, but got out a jam in the ninth inning to pick up his second save of the season.
Revs' batters faced former York pitcher Shaun Garceau, who started the game for the Ducks. Garceau gave up four runs on six hits in four innings pitched. Long Island's Steve Garrison (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs on two hits and a walk in just a third of an inning. But all those runs were unearned as the Ducks' defense committed two errors in the top of the fifth inning.
GAME TWO: York right-hander Corey Thurman made his second start of the season in the second game of the double-header. The veteran had a decent outing, surrendering three runs on on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk in five innings of work. He gave up all three runs in the fifth inning to give Long Island a 3-2 lead heading into the sixth.
York tied it up in the top of the eighth inning on a solo home run from lead-off man Sean Smith, but Revs' reliever Julio DePaula (1-1) gave up the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the frame on a walk and two hits to take the loss. Long Island reliever and former major league pitcher Leo Rosales struck out the side in the ninth to close out the win for the Ducks.
York's Patterson again went 2-for-4 after his multi-hit performance in Game 1. He went 4-for-8 on the day to bump up his batting average to .286. He was one of three Revs' batters who hit a double in the loss, along with Chad Tracy and Steve Bumbry.
Long Island starting pitcher Bobby Blevins, a 29-year-old former Los Angeles Dodgers' prospect, held York to two runs on five hits and struck out eight in seven innings. Ducks' reliever and former big league pitcher Jeremy Accardo (2-0) picked up the win with a scoreless inning in relief.
NEXT GAME: Sunday's game is slated for a 1:35 p.m. first pitch. Revs fans can listen on the radio on WOYK 1350 AM or listen live online at woyk1350.com, with Revs' play-by-play man Darrell Henry calling the action.