Revs close successful road trip on sour note
The York Revolution capped a succesfful seven-game road trip with a loss Sunday, falling 8-3 to the Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark.
The Revs finished their road trip with a 4-3 record, while settling for a split at Somerset after dropping the final two games. York remains 3.5 games behind Lancaster for first place in the Freedom Division's second half with a record of 27-22.
Somerset struck first in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run, opposite-field home run down the left field line by Michael Burgess that gave the Patriots and early 2-0 lead.
The Patriots added a run in the second, taking advantage of a pair of York miscues. Ricky Claudio reached on an infield single, beating a throw from pitcher Matt Neil who had fumbled his initial attempt to pick up the ball. Claudio advanced two bases on a wild pitch and scored on a ground ball to second by Jonny Tucker to make it 3-0.
York got two runs back in the third to pull within one at 3-2. Jose Constanza (3-for-5) rapped a one-out single to left and Wilson Valdez drilled an RBI triple over the head of right fielder Mike Wilson to get York on the board. With two outs, Valdez scored on an error on a sharp grounder by Brandon Boggs that went through the legs of third baseman Greg Hopkins.
The Patriots would extend the lead with five unanswered runs from the fourth through the seventh.
The Revsput together one last threat in the eighth as Boggs drew a leadoff walk, Bryan Pounds (2-for-3) nailed a one-out double to left-center and Yeicok Calderon (2-for-4) slashed an RBI single to right. However, reliever Gus Schlosser finished his second inning of work with a double play, limiting the Revs to one run.
Will Oliver (4-1) earned the win for Somerset, allowing just two runs (one earned) on three hits in five innings, working on short rest. It was his second win in as many starts against York.
Neil (2-8) suffered the loss, tagged with six runs (five earned) in 5.2 innings.
York heads into its final off day of the regular season on Monday before opening a seven-game homestand on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. against the Camden Riversharks.