The York Revolution swept a doubleheader from the Lancaster Barnstormers on Sunday evening, earning victories by scores of 4-1 and 5-1 in a pair of seven inning games.
The Revs have now won four consecutive games to pull even with Lancaster in a tie for first place, sitting atop the Freedom Division with an 18-12 record. The Revs will go for their first ever five-game series sweep on Memorial Day when they host the Barnstormers at 5 p.m.
Newly signed starter Matt Neil (1-0) earned the win in his Revs debut in the opening game, allowing just one run in five innings. Neil scattered four hits and did not allow more than one hit in any inning, while also avoiding a walk and striking out four batters.
Lancaster scored the day's first run in the top of the fourth when Blake Gailen led off with a triple off the right field fence and scored on a wild pitch, but the Revs quickly answered back.
York tied the score at 1-1 in the fourth when Justin Greene ripped a leadoff double down the third base line, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tim Torres, and scored on a bloop double to left by Eric Patterson.
The Revs took a 3-1 lead, scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth. Jason Repko reached on an error with one out, and with two outs, stole second base to reach scoring position. He then scored when Sean Smith reached on an error as first baseman Austin Gallagher dropped a throw that caromed off Smith and into shallow right field. Smith then picked up his league-leading 14th stolen base and scored on a single to right by Greene who picked up his first Revolution RBI on the play.
York provided an insurance run in the sixth as Patterson cracked a double to right, stole third, and scored on a deep sac fly to center by Chad Tracy.
Stephen Penney and Rommie Lewis fired scoreless innings in relief to protect the lead, with Lewis earning his league-leading 11th save. It was the ninth consecutive appearance with a save for Lewis, adding to a franchise record, and it was the seventh consecutive Revs win that concluded with a save by Lewis.
No bullpen usage was necessary in the second game as York starter Chris Cody was perfect into the fifth and tossed his franchise record sixth complete game in a Revs uniform, also the tenth of his pro career.
Cody (3-1) retired the first 14 batters of the game, and struck out seven of the first 13 that he faced. His perfect game bid ended on a broken bat bloop single to right by Tony Delmonico with two outs in the fifth. His shutout bid ended with two outs in the seventh, as Brock Kjeldgaard and Delmonico flared singles over the infield and Lance Zawadski grounded an RBI single up the middle. It was the only run allowed by Cody in the complete game seven-inning performance, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out nine, a season-high by a Revs pitcher as he earned his third straight victory. He improved to 12-3 lifetime against the Barnstormers with the win, adding to his Atlantic League record for wins against Lancaster.
Run support came early as Justin Greene led off the bottom of the first inning with a double to right. Wilson Valdez then reached on an error by first baseman Tony Delmonico who dropped a throw from second baseman Yusuke Kajimoto, with Greene advancing to third. Valdez then stole second, and Greene came in to score as catcher Juan Apodaca's throw sailed into center field for another error.
The Revs took advantage of more Lancaster miscues, scoring three more runs in the third inning, which included two more Lancaster errors. Valdez came across on a passed ball and Chad Tracy scored on a wild pitch with Johan Limonta driving in a run on a fielder's choice in between. Lancaster committed four errors in the nightcap after being charged with three errors in the opener.
Salvador Paniagua blasted a solo homer to left field in the bottom of the sixth inning for York's final run.
Notes: The Revs managed just four hits and five hits respectively in the two games, improving to 6-3 when being held to five hits or fewer. The Revs have won eight of their last ten overall, and six of their last seven while tying a season-high with a four-game winning streak, their first since starting the season 4-0. York is in first place for the first time since May 3. The Revs now lead the War of the Roses series 6-3, having won six of the last seven, and each of the last five meetings. Revs pitchers have allowed one run or fewer in seven of the last ten games, and have allowed just one run in each of the last three contests. York's Jorge Martinez (0-0, 4.91) will face Lancaster's Shunsuke Watanabe (2-0, 1.96) in Monday's contest. It is Salute to Veterans presented by Military & Commercial Fasteners and includes Postgame Fireworks.