When things are going right in any sport, teams always find ways to win.
When they're going south, however, rarely will events in a game go your way and it seems nearly impossible to break the skid and win a game.
The York Revolution are currently enduring the latter and Sunday's 7-2 defeat to the Sugar Land Skeeters was just the latest example of a slumping club struggling to make the necessary plays to win. It was York's eighth straight loss and capped off a four-game sweep at the hands of Sugar Land at Constellation Field.
The Revs (18-32) spotted the Skeeters (28-23) a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but, in rare form, instantly responded in the top half of the second. A Starlin Rodriguez RBI double brought in Sean Smith and then Wilson Valdez followed with an RBI double to tie the game at 2-2.
But, like so may times in the team's first 50 games, the bats went cold in a hurry. When Sugar Land regained the lead with a two-run bottom of the third and then a three-run bottom of the fifth, there was little chance that York's offense could muster up five more runs just to tie the game.
And, also just like the rest of the season, when the Revs did get runners on base, nobody could bring them home. York left nine runners on base, more than twice as many as the Skeeters (4).
Andres Perez had the only multi-hit game for the Revs, going 2-for-4. Valdez and Rodriguez drove in the only runs, on each players' only hit of the game.
Anthony Lerew found himself on the losing end of his outing, lasting only four innings, surrendering four runs, but only two earned, on five hits and three walks. He also struck out three. Shawn Teufel didn't fare much better in relief, giving up three runs, all earned on two hits, a walk and one strikeout. Brad Bergesen, Leyson Septimo and Josh Judy each pitched scoreless innings, only allowing one hit over the final three Sugar Land at-bats.
Chris Wallace did most of the offensive damage for the Skeeters, despite only recording one hit. He drove in four of the Sugar Land runs and scored another. The Skeeters didn't have any batters record more than one hit in the contest.
Shane Loux improved to 3-2 on the season with the win, pitching six innings, allowing two runs, all earned, on seven hits and one strikeout. Three Sugar Land relievers combined to hold York hitless over the final three innings.
The Revs have a travel day on Monday before starting a quick three-game home series against the Freedom-Division-leading Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Tuesday.