Tuesday marked the first day of September. It also marked the final stretch run of the Atlantic League regular season.
Entering the day, the York Revolution only had 20 games remaining and had to make up ground in the Freedom Division race if it wanted to make the playoffs. York began the final stretch with the first of seven straight home games on Tuesday night, but things didn't start the way the team had hoped. The Revs (27-23) were held to just four hits against the Camden Riversharks on Tuesday, dropping a 4-2 decision in front of 2,894 fans at Santander Stadium. It was their third consecutive loss.
Camden (22-29) set the tone early, scoring single runs in the first and second innings to open a 2-0 lead. Meanwhile, it took York until the fourth inning to finally wake up its bats. After the Riversharks pushed their lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth, the Revs struck twice in the bottom half of the inning. Brandon Boggs launched a two-run home run, scoring Wilson Valdez, and bringing the Revs back to within 3-2.
However, that was all the offense York could muster, only manufacturing two more hits over the final five innings. Meanwhile, Camden added a bit of insurance in the top of the seventh on an RBI fielder's choice by Brandon Chaves.
Despite allowing four earned runs, Revs starter Rommie Lewis still managed to go eight innings. He allowed eight hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record fell to 9-10. Tony Pena pitched the ninth, surrendering one hit and striking out two.
Three Riversharks pitchers combined to pitch the four-hitter, with Wes Torrez going seven innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits, with two walks and six strikeouts. Dan Blewett pitched a scoreless eighth and Matt Gorgen nailed down his 29th save of the year with a scoreless ninth.
With the loss, York fell to four games back of the first-place Lancaster Barnstormers.
The second game of the four-game series is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Santander Stadium.
OTHER ATLANTIC LEAGUE NOTE
New Britain conditionally approved for Atlantic League play in 2016: The Atlantic League has announced that New Britain (Connecticut) has been conditionally approved to begin play in the league starting in 2016.
Final approval hinges on successful lease negotiations, as well as the mayor of New Britain signing off on the agreements.
New Britain is also home to the New Britain Rock Cats, the Class AA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, which is leaving at the end of the 2015 season.
A team in New Britain would make it the ninth member of the Atlantic League.