CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — The York Revolution missed out on an opportunity to create a four-way tie for first place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division on Thursday evening.
The Revs dropped a 5-2 decision to the Long Island Ducks in the finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark in front of 5,385 fans. The two teams split the series, 2-2.
If York would've won, they would be 7-7 in the second-half standings, and tied for first with Lancaster, Sugar Land and Southern Maryland. As it now stands, York (6-8) is one game back of those three teams.
Both York and Long Island traded zeroes on Thursday until the bottom of the third inning. Jon Griffin's two-run home run to center field off of Revolution starter Logan Williamson put the Ducks on top. Long Island extended the lead to 4-0 in the fourth on a two-run single to center by Delta Cleary, Jr.
York cut the deficit in half in the fifth on Brandon Boggs' two-run homer to right-center off of Ducks starter Ian Marshall. However, an RBI double to right by Randy Ruiz in the bottom of the eighth put the game out of reach.
York had limited the Ducks to just six hits in the two previous games. Long Island had 13 hits on Thursday.
Marshall (4-5) earned the win, tossing six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five. Williamson (4-7) took the loss, surrendering four runs on 11 hits and four walks with one strikeout in five innings. Ryan Kussmaul earned his 24th save with a scoreless ninth, striking out three batters.
Cleary led the Ducks with three hits, while Griffin, Ruiz and Cody Puckett each added two.
Nick Ferdinand had two hits for York. He was the only Revs' player with more than one hit.
Former Phillies pitcher J.C. Romero tossed a scoreless inning in the seventh for Long Island. He has now made five straight scoreless appearances out of the bullpen. In that span, he has yielded just two hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out two.
Long Island and York won't meet again until the Revs' final home stand of the season.
The Revs return home for a three-game weekend series at Santander Stadium against the Camden Riversharks. Game times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
In Friday's opener, right-hander Matt Neil (2-6, 4.59 ERA) will start for York vs. right-hander West Torrez (4-3, 4.95 ERA).