The York Revolution dropped a 4-1 decision to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Thursday evening in the finale of a three-game series at Santander Stadium.
The last-place Revs dropped to 19-34, 10 1/2 games behind the first-place Crabs (29-23) in the Atlantic League Freedom Division first-half race.
The Revs dropped the final two of the series after winning the opener and will look to rebound when they travel to Lancaster for the first of a four-game War of the Roses set on Friday night.
Shawn Hill took the mound on a rainy Thursday evening in York and breezed through the first inning, only to find trouble in the second, allowing two runs on a fielder's choice and an Anthony Vega RBI single, respectively. Hill struggled with a saturated mound in the third inning, when the rain became steadier, but the umpires decided to continue play.
A Casey Frawley RBI single in the fourth increased the Southern Maryland lead to 3-0, which was all the damage Hill (1-7) would allow during the night. His final line read: six innings, nine hits and three earned runs.
The Revs put up a run in the seventh inning against Blue Crabs starter Jon Leicester (3-0) on a Salvador Paniagua bloop double, scoring Yeicok Calderon and cutting the Southern Maryland lead to 3-1.
However, Southern Maryland recovered that run on a Jamar Walton sacrifice fly before rain brought the game to a grinding halt in the eighth, forcing the grounds crew to tarp the field and resulting in a 1 hour and 2 minute rain delay.
Play picked back up in the bottom of the eighth just short of 10 p.m., with Justin Berg taking the mound for Southern Maryland. The Revs went down quietly though, keeping the score at 4-1 heading into the ninth.
Edward Paredes came on and pitched a scoreless ninth, keeping the Revs within striking distance.
The Revs were not able to get anything going though in the bottom half of the frame, ending the game quietly with three straight outs, with Erik Hamren claiming his 12th save.
York lefty Logan Williamson (1-3, 2.30) gets the nod Friday night for the Revs in the opener, while Lancaster lefty Dan Osterbrock (3-3, 3.10) takes the hill for the Barnstormers.
Notes: Southern Maryland pitchers record 11 strikeouts, seven looking. Leicester recorded six of his eight strikeouts on called strikes. ... Nick Ferdinand ripped a double high off the Arch Nemesis in the sixth, giving him an extra-base hit in five consecutive games and nine total extra-base hits in 14 games with York. ... York starters have allowed three earned runs or fewer in 20 of the last 22 games, but the Revs fell to 7-11 when recording a quality start. ... York slipped to 1-6 vs. Southern Maryland. The two teams will play six times in 10 games, including a three-game series in Waldorf next week.