In a battle of in-state rivals and Atlantic League Freedom Division cellar-dwellers, the York Revolution and Lancaster Barnstormers took part in a doubleheader on Tuesday at Santander Stadium.
When the games ended, the standings looked exactly the same.
After walking off for a 3-2 win in the first game, the Revolution (18-26) were victims to the Barnstormers' awoken bats in the second game, falling 9-5 in front of an announced crowd of 3,512 fans. Lancaster is now 18-27.
Second game: The big moment in the second game came in the top of the fifth when Lancaster erupted for five runs to erase a 5-3 deficit and turn it into an 8-5 advantage. One more insurance marker in the sixth helped seal York's fate and squander any momentum it gained from the opening victory.
Despite pounding out 12 hits in the second game, the Revs couldn't do much outside of the third inning, when they scored four runs. They left 11 men stranded, a major factor why they couldn't mount a late-inning rally and try to earn the doubleheader sweep in the latest installment of the War of the Roses.
Newcomers Starlin Rodriguez and Nick Ferdinand continued to hit the ball well, with Rodriguez notching his first home run for York and Ferdinand collecting a double. However, Shawn Hill continued his rocky season, suffering the loss and falling to 1-5. He lasted only 4 2/3 innings, giving up six runs, all earned, on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three. Leyson Septimo didn't fare much better in relief, recording the final out of the fifth, but only after giving up two more runs. Nick Mutz and Edward Paredes each threw one inning, with Mutz surrendering a run in the sixth.
Reliever Pete Andrelczyk earned the win in relief for the Barnstormers.
First game: In the first game of the night, the Revs squandered a 2-0 lead in the top of the seventh, but instantly responded in the bottom half of the frame on a walk-off single by Wilson Valdez, scoring Rodriguez to earn the 3-2 victory.
After the first two York hitters were retired, Rodriguez created a little two-out magic of his own, singling and then stealing second to get himself into scoring position for Valdez. One pitch later, Valdez brought him home.
Logan Williamson pitched six scoreless innings, but then ran into trouble to start the seventh. Closer Josh Judy couldn't bail out Williamson in relief, giving up two walks and allowing two base runners to score to tie the game. Judy did pick up the win, moving to 2-0 on the season. Williamson, for all his efforts, received a no decision, despite only allowing the two runs on three hits and striking out nine in six-plus innings.
Marcus Walden suffered the loss for Lancaster, never able to record that all important final out in the bottom of the seventh to get the game into extra innings. Barnstormers' starter Bryan Woodall pitched six innings of three-hit ball, giving up two runs, both earned, on two walks and six strikeouts.
The two clubs only combined for eight hits in the first game.
The two rivals will be back at it on Wednesday night to complete the four-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Santander Stadium.