The York Revolution's struggles away from home continued on Wednesday night when it dropped a second straight decision at TD Bank Ballpark against the Somerset Patriots, 5-3.
Unlike Tuesday's loss, when York was playing catch up the entire night, Wednesday's game came down to one big swing for Somerset and one bad pitch that Micah Owings would like back.
With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Owings allowed a two-out, two-run home run to Bryan LaHair, breaking the deadlock and putting the Patriots (30-22) ahead for good. The Revs (29-23) couldn't rally over the final two frames and fell to 10-14 on the road this season.
It didn't take York long to take the lead in the game. Telvin Nash delivered an RBI single in the top of the first to give the visitors a quick 1-0 edge. However, Revs' starter Matt Neil gave it right back in the bottom of the frame, but was immediately picked up by his offense in the second. That's when a dropped third strike on Jason Repko allowed two runs to score, helping York regain its lead, this time at 3-1.
But, that was all the offense the Freedom Division leaders could muster and the lead didn't last long. Somerset tied the game in the bottom of the third off of Neil.
The game went scoreless over the next 3 1/2 innings until the LaHair home run put the Patriots ahead for good.
With the defeat, and a Lancaster Barnstormers' win over the Sugar Land Skeeters, the Revs' lead in the Freedom Division remained at two games over both the Skeeters and Barnstormers.
Neil battled to get through five innings for York, allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits, four walks and striking out three. Owings relieved Neil and wound up taking the loss, giving up the two winning runs in two innings of work on two hits and two strikeouts. Ron Schreurs finished out the game by pitching a clean bottom of the eighth for the Revs.
York will look to salvage something in the three-game series at Somerset. The two sides conclude their series on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark.