York loses to Long Island, sees division lead dwindling
- York's Freedom Division lead is down to just 1 1/2 games.
- Less than two weeks ago, the Revs had a five-game lead.
- There are just four games left in the Atlantic League first-half race.
It wasn't too long ago that the York Revolution had a comfortable five-game lead in the first-half Atlantic League Freedom Division standings.
In fact, it was just under two weeks ago.
Now, with just four games to play in the first half, that lead has been sliced by more than half.
After a dismal offensive display on Tuesday night, Wednesday wasn't much better for York. It dropped a second straight game to the Long Island Ducks, 8-5, at Bethpage Ballpark. That kept York's magic number for clinching the division at four.
With the loss and the Sugar Land Skeeters winning the first game of its doubleheader against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, the Revs' lead in the division is down to just 1 1/2 games.
After Andres Perez gave York (37-29) a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a solo home run, the Revs were done in by a big, four-run bottom of the fourth by Long Island (37-29). Revs' starter Tony Pena ran into trouble in the frame and couldn't minimize the damage. He was one strike away from getting out of the frame allowing just two runs, but served up a two-run single that expanded the Ducks' lead to 4-1.
Brandon Chaves tried to get York back in it with an RBI single in the top of the fifth to make it 4-2, but two more runs in the bottom of the sixth and then again in the bottom of the eighth put Long Island ahead 8-2. York did stage a ninth-inning rally, scoring three times in the top of the frame, and had the tying run at the plate, but left two guys stranded to drop its second straight game.
Pena went six innings, but allowed six earned runs on 12 hits with a walk and struck out four in taking the loss.
Joel Guzman and Perez each drove in two runs for York, while Perez was a tough out at the plate, going 4 for 5.
The Revs and Ducks will wrap up their four-game series on Thursday night, with York hoping to gain a split in the series and head into its final home stand of the first half with some momentum. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark.