One night after earning a wild, come-from-behind, walk-off victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers, the York Revolution failed to continue the momentum on Tuesday.
York managed just three hits in the contest, dropping a 4-1 decision to Lancaster in front of 5,862 fans at Santander Stadium and falling three games back of the Barnstormers in the Atlantic League Freedom Division standings.
The Revs (17-14) were ultimately done in by a big fifth inning by the Barnstormers (20-11), when they scored three runs. Already leading 1-0, Lancaster used small ball to do the damage, drawing back-to-back walks to start the inning and then scoring three times on two singles. Anderson Feliz drove in the first run of the frame and then Kent Matthes drove in two more with a two-out, two-run single to make the score 4-0.
That was plenty of offense for starter Bryan Morgado and the rest of the Barnstormers' pitching staff. Morgado exited the game after 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit and scattering five walks. After that, five Lancaster relievers completed the job, with only Daniel Moskos running into any trouble in the bottom of the eighth. That was when York scored its only run, courtesy of a Brandon Boggs RBI double that scored Jose Constanza. It was one of two hits in the game for Boggs, who now has a 10-game hitting streak.
One night after the Revs scored two ninth-inning runs off of Barnstormers' closer Marcus Walden, Tuesday night's closer, Scott Patterson, shut the door on any potential York comeback by working a perfect bottom of the ninth to seal the win.
Rommie Lewis took the loss for the Revs, despite battling through 6 2/3 innings. He allowed all four runs, all earned, on seven hits, with four walks and three strikeouts. Beau Vaughan retired all four hitters he faced, striking out one. Tony Pena worked a scoreless top of the ninth, allowing one hit.
Constanza had the only other hit in the game for York, which led to him scoring the team's only run.
Aside from dropping back to three games out of first, the Revs also fell to 11-13 in the War of the Roses for the Community Cup against Lancaster this season. The two sides still have four meetings remaining.
The Revs will look to earn a series split and cap off their eight-game homestand on a high note on Wednesday, when the two teams play the fourth and final game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Santander Stadium.