Trailing Lancaster by just two games with 42 to play in the Atlantic League Freedom Division second half race, the York Revolution (16-12) began a crucial four-game War of The Roses tilt against the Barnstormers (18-10) Sunday afternoon at Santander Stadium.
Unfortunately, the 'Stormers extended their division lead to three games by jumping on York early and not looking back in a 6-0 victory. The Revs offense was temporarily cooled off and held to just three singles (Brandon Boggs, Bryan Pounds & Wilson Valdez), after piling up 39 runs and 64 hits in a four-game home sweep of Southern Maryland. Boggs extended a hitting streak to eight games however, while Andrez Perez saw his eight-game hit streak end, after pulverizing SOMD pitching by going 12-for-17 to start the homestand.
After York starter Logan Williamson escaped a bases loaded, no out jam in the top of the first allowing just a run, Lance Zawadzki made it 2-0 Lancaster with an RBI fielder's choice in the fourth, scoring Mike McDade after a leadoff double.
It was 5-0 Barnstormers after a seven-batter fifth, which began with the seventh home run of Luke Hughes' season over the big wall in left. Anderson Feliz and Zach Collier each scored in the inning following singles, coming home on a RBI single by Yusuke Kajimoto and a RBI fielder's choice by Kent Matthes, respectively. Zawadzki tacked on another, with his 14th homer of the season to right in the sixth, and the visitors led 6-0 on his second RBI of the day.
Williamson's final line was 6 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB and 3 K. Nate Reed earned his third win of the season for Lancaster, despite allowing five walks in six and a third innings. He struck out three, and allowed only two hits however.
The defeat snapped York's home win streak at nine games, one shy of their franchise record set in late August during the 2011 championship season. The Revolution, who are in pursuit of their third consecutive Community Cup, trail Lancaster 12-10 in the 2015 War of The Roses series.
York will look to even things on Monday night at 6:30 p.m., hosting the Barnstormers in the second game of the four-game series. York righty Matt Neil (2-6, 4.64) faces Lancaster spot starter Chad Beck (2-1, 3.51). It is National Night Out Ticket Redemption Night presented by UPMC For You, Inc. CHIP brought to you by UPMC for Kids presents a youth T-shirt giveaway to the first 1,000 kids. Tickets are on sale at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office.
Notes: York's four-game overall winning streak is snapped one shy of matching a season-high. The Barnstormers have won 13 of their last 16, while the Revs have still won 10 of their last 15 despite the loss. Williamson allowed more than two earned runs for just the fifth time in 18 starts this season. The Revs had batted .408 as a team over their previous five games, and are shut out for the first time since July 17 in Lancaster.