Revs complete historic series sweep in Lancaster on Thursday
For the first time in franchise history, the York Revolution swept the Lancaster Barnstormers in a series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
The Revs completed the three-game sweep with a 5-2 victory in front of 4,808 fans on Thursday afternoon.
The Revs will return home with a three-game winning streak intact when they welcome the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs to Santander Stadium for the first of a four-game series on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
York struck early for the initial lead, scoring twice in the top of the second. Brandon Jones led off the inning with a base hit to right, and with one out, scored when Johan Limonta cracked an RBI double to the gap in right-center. Willie Cabrera drove in Limonta on a two-out bloop single to left for an early 2-0 lead.
The Barnstormers answered right back in their half of the second, rallying with two outs to tie the score. Masato Fukae came up with the third consecutive two-out hit for the hosts, a two-run single to right field, deadlocking things at 2-2.
The Revs allowed nothing further, however, and reclaimed the lead for good two innings later. Jones reached on an error to start the fourth inning and Bryan Pounds followed with a double high off the right-field fence to put runners at second and third with no outs. Barnstormers starter Matt Packer recorded a groundout for the first out, but Salvador Paniagua came through with a two-run double to left-center, giving the Revs a 4-2 lead.
York added one more run in the sixth inning. Pounds worked a one-out walk and advanced to second on a single to right by Limonta. With Paniagua batting, Pounds stole third base, prompting an errant throw from catcher Dan Coury, with the ball sailed into left, allowing Pounds to score on the second of three Barnstormers errors on the day.
Revs starter Shawn Hill (1-1) worked five innings to earn the win, allowing two runs and scattering six hits.
In relief, Joe Harris fired a pair of perfect innings in the sixth and seventh. Shawn Teufel recorded the first two outs in the eighth before a pair of soft singles brought the tying run to the plate, which Beau Vaughan retired on an inning-ending strikeout of Henry Wrigley. Julio DePaula then slammed the door with a scoreless ninth to earn the save, rolling the Revs' second double play of the game to end it.
Lancaster starter Matt Packer (2-1) was tagged with the loss, charged with four runs (three earned) on six hits over his five innings.
With the win, the Revs move back within a game of the .500 mark at 6-7 and also now lead this year's "War of the Roses" series, 5-2.
Notes: The road sweep was the seventh overall in Revs franchise history. ... York scored at least five runs on exactly nine hits in all three games of the series in Lancaster, after being held to a combined three runs in their three-game sweep suffered at Somerset the previous weekend. ... York pitchers have held the opponent to three runs or fewer in six consecutive games. The bullpen has allowed one run in 15.0 innings over the last four games. ... York's fifth through ninth hitters went a combined 7-for-18 with four RBIs and five runs scored. ... The Revs have played seven of their first 13 games of the season against Lancaster, but will not face the Barnstormers again until June 7-10 for a four-game home series. ... The Revs return home for four games before embarking on another seven-game road stretch, playing 14 road games in an 18-game span. ... York righty Anthony Lerew (1-1, 3.27) makes the start on Friday night against the Blue Crabs.