The York Revolution picked a bad night to have its bats go cold.
Trying to chip away at its magic number to clinch the first-half Atlantic League Freedom Division title and a playoff berth, York was held to just three hits in a 3-1 loss to the Long Island Ducks on Tuesday night at Bethpage Ballpark.
The only production the Revs (37-28) got came in the top of the first, when Joel Guzman and Michael Burgess each strung together two-out doubles, with Burgess plating Guzman, to put York ahead 1-0. Long Island (36-29), which is fighting for its own Liberty Division title, then took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. By that point, that was more than enough offense to secure the victory.
After the opening inning, the Revs managed just two base runners the rest of the game, one coming on a lead-off single to begin the fourth by Guzman, then a lead-off walk in the top of the ninth. Both were immediately erased on double plays.
The Ducks added an insurance marker in the bottom of the eighth on a wild pitch by Julio DePaula.
Darin Downs was dominant for Long Island, not only holding York to just one run on three hits, but he also struck out 10 in seven innings of masterful work. He outdueled Revs' starter James Simmons, who pitched six strong innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits, a walk and four strikeouts.
With the loss and the Sugar Land Skeeters' game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs getting postponed, the Revs' lead in the Freedom Division shrinks to 2 1/2 games with five to play in the first half. Their magic number to clinch a playoff berth remains at four.
York and the Ducks will continue their four-game series on Wednesday night, with first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark.