It started out looking like a crucial bounce-back win for the York Revolution.
Then, it quickly turned into another blown lead, which looked to be another devastating loss.
But, in one final twist, York (24-20) scored the final three runs to earn a 10-9 win over the Lancaster Barnstormers at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Tuesday night.
The win, which comes on the heels of an ugly 10-3 loss on Monday night, keeps the Revs from falling too far behind Lancaster (28-17) in the Atlantic League Freedom Division standings. York moved back to within 3 1/2 games of the Barnstormers for first place.
The Revs quickly put Monday's loss behind them, jumping out to a 4-0 lead after the first half inning. Bryan Pounds had the big hit in the inning, a bases-clearing double that gave York a 3-0 advantage. Mikey Reynolds then knocked in Pounds one hitter later and Revs starter Matt Neil was staked to a 4-0 lead before even taking the hill.
Almost immediately, he began to give that cushion right back. A run in the bottom half of the inning made it 4-1, and then two more in the third quickly saw York's four-run lead evaporate to just a single run. The Revs instantly responded, regaining their four-run lead with three runs in the top of the fourth, with Eric Patterson driving in one run and then Pounds bringing in two more. However, Neil wouldn't make it hold up, giving up four runs in the ensuing half inning, to tie the game at 7-7. Neil did not escape the frame.
The Barnstormers' hot bats continued into the bottom of the fifth when they finally took their first lead of the game with two runs to open a 9-7 advantage. Knowing that a loss could severly damage its chances of winning the division, York didn't go away.
Brandon Boggs started the rally by knocking in Patterson in the top of the sixth to close the deficit to 9-8. Then, in the top of the seventh, a two-run home run by Salvador Paniagua gave the Revs the lead again at 10-9. This time, the pitching staff would make it hold up.
Stephen Penney, Ron Schreurs and Mike DeMark combined to pitch four scoreless innings down the stretch to get York the win it couldn't afford to let slip away.
Neil only lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits, seven runs, all earned, and striking out two. Penney wound up earning the win, improving to 4-4, by pitching two scoreless innings. DeMark earned his first save of the season by throwing 1 2/3 innings of one-hit ball.
On a night of many big offensive performances, Pounds stood above the rest. The Revs' third baseman went 4-for-5 and drove in half of York's 10 runs.
The final game of the three-game series is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.