The York Revolution received seven walks but could only muster three base hits, falling 4-1 to the Long Island Ducks on Tuesday night in front of 4,382 fans at Santander Stadium in their return home, opening a seven-game homestand.
The Revs will look to even things when the series continues at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Lew Ford stole the show offensively for Long Island. With the game scoreless in the top of the fifth, Ford drove a two-run double to the fence in right field to open the scoring. Then, with the lead trimmed to 2-1, Ford connected on a two-run homer to right, providing the eventual final margin. All four runs were driven in with two outs. Ford went 3-for-4 and reached base four times. The league leader in RBIs has now driven in 27 on the season, including 20 over his last 12 games.
York's best chance came in the bottom of the sixth. Down 2-0, the Revs received a pair of walks to start the inning, as Brandon Jones and Mikey Reynolds both reached. After a failed bunt attempt for the first out, Eric Patterson drew a walk to load the bases with one away. Reliever Bruce Kern entered and uncorked a wild pitch to plate Jones to make it a one-run game. Kern rebounded to record a fielder's choice, and after a walk to Brandon Boggs loaded the bases again, reliever Patrick Crider struck out Johan Limonta looking to leave the bases loaded.
Long Island used eight relievers on the night.
Starter Andrew Barbosa went three innings in his first start of the season, and overcame a three-walk third inning to keep things scoreless. Eric Niesen (1-2) picked up the win as the first reliever out of the bullpen. Niesen allowed one run after walking three in the sixth inning, but was able to last 2.1 innings. Amalio Diaz picked up his first save with a scoreless ninth.
York starter Shawn Hill (1-2) suffered the loss, charged with two runs on seven hits in five innings.
Notes: York has dropped six straight home games, tying a club record (also July 7-16, 2012), while having won four of its last five and seven of its last nine on the road. ... Reynolds walked twice but was held hitless in two at-bats, snapping a 12-game hitting streak. It was the league's longest active streak and fell one short of matching the league's longest of the season. ... York's seven walks tied a season-high (April 29 vs. Lancaster). ... York fell to 1-3 vs. Long Island this season. ... The Revs will send right-hander Anthony Lerew (2-1, 2.14) to the mound on Wednesday against Long Island righty Mark Rogers (1-2, 4.82) with first pitch at 6:30 p.m.