LANCASTER -- More and more, the series opener appeared as if it was going to come down to a York Revolution comeback, close call, or both.
There was a slide home from Revs' second baseman Andres Perez, who made it just under the glove of Lancaster catcher Emerson Frostad.
And there were a couple close calls in the bottom of the fifth inning that allowed Lancaster to load the bases with no outs.
That's where the Barnstormers broke it open with six hits, two of them homers, for six runs. All of them came off of Revs' starter Ryan Feierabend, who gave up four homers on the night.
Twice before the visiting Revs came back to tie it. But this time the deficit proved to be too much to overcome as host Lancaster took Game One of the Atlantic League Freedom Division Championship Series by a final score of 10-4.
"They're a good team," Revs' manager Andy Etchebarren said of Lancaster. "You can't play the way we played tonight and beat a good team. We gotta make those plays. We gotta make the outs when they give them to us."
Mental errors: Etchebarren was referring to a of couple plays in the fifth inning when the Revs let two Lancaster batters reach on bunts down the first-base line. One stopped on the line and the other one Revs' first baseman Johan Limonta scooped up but missed the tag on base runner Adam Godwin.
"You can't be giving them four and five outs an inning, they're going to get to you," Etchebarren said. "So, even though we didn't make any physical errors we made some mental errors in the game."
Feierabend: Feierabend (0-1) wasn't sharp, either, despite entering with a 2.37 ERA in three regular season starts against Lancaster (1-0). He surrendered a two-run homer to Blake Gailen in the first inning and a solo shot to Travis Denker in the second before giving up the RBI single to Tommy Everidge in the third. The left-hander seemed like he finally got the Lancaster offense under control in the fourth inning when he struck out the side.
"It's huge," Gailen said of the win. He started the scoring for Lancaster in the fifth with a two-run single and finished with four RBIs.
"Game One always seems to be the most important one second to the last one," Gailen said. "We were just able to set the tone and get a lot of runs."
Comeback: Down two runs going into the third, York (1-0) tied it up with a sacrifice fly to center field from Michael Hernandez that scored Scott Grimes from third. Perez later drove in Brandon Haveman on RBI single to make it 3-3.
After Lancaster went up a run in bottom of the third, York answered again in the fifth by starting a two-out rally with three straight singles, the final coming off the bat of Johan Limonta to right field. Barnstormers' outfielder Fehlandt Lentini made a throw home to catcher Emerson Frostad in attempt to get a sliding Perez, but Perez's foot got under the glove of Frostad and over the plate to tie it at 4-4.
Lancaster starter Dwayne Pollok (1-0) picked up the win despite giving up four runs on nine hits in five innings of work.
Next game: York will look to even up the series Thursday night in Lancaster. Right-hander Corey Thurman will get the start for the Revs. He'll face Lancaster lefty John Halama. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Game notes: Chris Nowak scored York's first run of the game with a solo homer to left field in the second inning. Lancaster third baseman Travis Denker, who joined the club in August, had two solo homers to right field off of Feierabend. He became the first Lancaster player to hit two homers in a playoff game.
Attendance: Wednesday's crowd at Lancaster's Clipper Magazine Stadium was announced at 5,844.
--Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.