Even after rain delayed the start of the game for nearly 90 minutes, it couldn't slow down the York Revolution's bats when the contest against the Lancaster Barnstormers finally got under way on Wednesday night.
The Revs exploded for five runs in the third inning, enough to chase Barnstormer starter Shunsuke Watanabe and earn York the 5-3 win at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
Eric Patterson got the scoring started for the Revolution (5-7) with a bases-loaded walk. That was followed by an RBI single by Andres Perez, with another run scoring on an error. That was followed by a two-run single by Bryan Pounds two batters later. When it was all said and done, York tallied five runs in the inning and sent 10 guys to the plate. Reliever Pete Andrelczyk wound up getting the last two outs in the inning for Lancaster (5-8), but, when the frame ended, it was all the offense the Revs would need the rest of the game.
The Barnstormers scratched and clawed their way back into the game, putting up two runs in the bottom of the fourth and then another one in the bottom half of the seventh to make the final couple innings interesting. But the York bullpen shut down the Lancaster bats the rest of the way, with Beau Vaughan pitching a perfect eighth, setting up Josh Judy to throw a clean ninth and earn his second save of the season.
Corey Thurman, making his second start of the season for the Revs, tossed five innings, surrendering two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out one to earn his first victory of the season. It's his 66th career win for York, moving him eight away from tying the Atlantic League all-time wins record. Matt Neil relieved Thurman for the sixth, throwing 1 1/3 innings, giving up one run on two hits, while registering two strikeouts. Leyson Septimo got the final two outs in the seventh for Neil, leaving two Lancaster runners stranded.
Watanabe took the loss for the Barnstormers, falling to 0-1 on the year. He gave up all five runs or four hits and three walks, while only striking out one.
Brandon Boggs and Patterson each had two-hit nights for the Revs.
Lance Zawadzki did all the damage on offense for Lancaster from the eighth spot in the order, driving in all three runs, while going 2-for-3.
The win moves York to 4-2 on the season in the War of the Roses series against the Barnstormers and moves it out of last place in the Freedom Division standings, while moving Lancaster back into the bottom spot.
The Revs will look to complete the three-game series sweep over the Barnstormers on Thursday with an 11 a.m. start time at Clipper Magazine Stadium.