The York Revolution collected double-digit hits at Long Island Ducks on Sunday but came out on the short end, losing by a run in an 8-7 loss. With the defeat, York split the four-game series at Long Island (5-4) over the weekend. The Revs also dropped to 6-4 overall, having now lost four of their last six games after starting the season 4-0.
While the offense has been on a roll — York's 49 runs through the first 10 games leads the Atlantic League — the pitching has been up and down. And left-hander Chris Cody continued the trend in his second start of the season Sunday.
Cody gave up a run in the first inning, tossed a perfect second inning, allowed four runs in the third, then sat down the next three batters in order in the fourth but later left in the fifth inning after giving up a run on two doubles. Reliever Beau Vaughan entered with a runner on second base and one out and proceeded to give up a two-run homer to the first batter he faced. In all, Cody (0-1) got tagged for seven runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings to take the loss. He struck out six and walked two. Vaughan would hold the Ducks scoreless from there, closing out the final 3.2 innings by keeping Long Island to just one hit and striking out three.
York batters did nearly as much damage to Long Island starting pitcher Casey Barnes, a 25-year-old right-hander and former Phillies prospect. Barnes went just three innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits. The Ducks used five more pitchers after Barnes left, and York scored its final three runs unearned thanks to a pair of Ducks errors and a wild pitch.
The Revs went up early, 2-0, in the first inning and tacked on two more in the third to extend the advantage to 4-1. After Long Island exploded for four runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 5-4 advantage, York tied it up in the top of the fifth inning, 5-5. The Revs later scored two in the seventh to cut their deficit to 8-7 and later put the tying runner on base with two outs in the ninth inning, but Steve Bumbry flied out to right field for the final out.
York short stop Wilson Valdez (2 for 5, run scored), first baseman Chad Tracy (2 for 5, two RBIs, run scored), third baseman Ofilio Castro (3 for 5, RBI, run scored) and catcher Salvador Paniagua (2 for 4, two RBIs) accounted for all but two of the Revs' 11 hits. York left nine runners on base in the loss.
Next game: York now returns home for a six-game homestand beginning Tuesday in the first of a three-game series against Bridgeport (5-4). First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.