Revs, Barnstormers split doubleheader in Lancaster
LANCASTER — The York Revolution split a series-opening doubleheader with the Lancaster Barnstormers on Monday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
The Revs (35-29, 75-59) and Barnstormers (28-36, 62-71) remain tied in the War of the Roses presented by PNC Bank this season with both sides winning nine games. The Revs would have to win the final two games of the season against Lancaster to recapture the Community Cup.
York won the first game, 1-0, while Lancaster took the second game, 11-6.
Frank Gailey (6-4) won the first game with seven scoreless innings. He gave up just five hits and two walks while striking out two on 97 pitches. RJ Hively (1-7) took the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth. Nate Reed notched his first save of the year and third in his career.
Pitching was the name of the game in game one as York’s Gailey and Lancaster’s Luis Gonzalez took a scoreless duel into the seventh inning. The Revs stranded eight men on base in the first six innings, including leaving the bases loaded in the top of the fifth. Lancaster, meanwhile, left five men on in the first three before Gailey settled in and faced just three men in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.
The Revs had their latest chance in the seventh inning as Josh Wilson led off with a single. Travis Witherspoon grounded into a force play to take Wilson’s place at first, then after a strikeout, Isaias Tejeda singled into center. With his back against the wall, Gonzalez forced Kevin Rivers to ground out to first base, keeping the shutout alive.
Mike McDade singled with two outs for Lancaster in the bottom of the seventh, but Gailey made it through regulation scoreless by forcing Dean Wilson to fly out to center.
Michael Rockett singled with two outs in the top of the eighth, and Bryan Pounds continued his clutch ways on the very next pitch, lining a double into the left field corner to score Rockett and break the deadlock. It was Pounds’ eighth game-winning hit in the last at-bat this season.
Reed issued a one-out walk in the bottom of the eighth but forced K.C. Hobson to ground into the game-ending 4-6-3 double play to ice it for the visitors.
Andres Perez missed a pair of home runs by inches in Lancaster’s deep left center, settling for two doubles as part of York’s 11 hits. Tejeda went 2-for-3 for his 31st multi-hit game as a Rev, while Jared Mitchell, Rockett, and Pounds also had two-hit games.
McDade went 2-for-3 as the Barnstormers managed only five hits, all singles, against Revolution pitching.
Second game: Game 2 saw the Barnstormers jump in front early. Trayvon Robinson singled to lead off the bottom of the first, promptly stealing second and making it to third on a deep fly ball. After a walk, Josh Bell belted a long fly ball to deep left center, but Rockett showed his range and ran it down on the warning track. Robinson tagged to score on the sac fly, but starter Michael Click limited the damage by striking out Sean Halton to end the threat.
Rivers drew a leadoff walk in the top of the second and Perez followed with a line drive single up the middle. Lancaster knuckleballer Zach Staniewicz quickly got the first two outs but walked Pounds to load the bases. Brandon Chaves made him pay, grounding a sharp single into right field to score Rivers and Perez, giving the Revs a 2-1 lead. Far from finished in the inning, Mitchell singled to plate Pounds. York then initiated a double steal as Mitchell took second and Chaves strolled home on the throw, which sailed into center field and allowed Mitchell to go to third. Rockett then singled to make it a five-spot in the inning and put the Revs up 5-1.
Lancaster wasted no time drawing even as Blake Gailen belted a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the second to tie it at 5-5.
York retook the lead in the top of the third on a Michael Burgess RBI single, but the Revs settled for just the one as they left the bases loaded. The Barnstormers grabbed the lead back in the bottom of the third as Mike Jacobs singled in a run and Robinson walked with the bases loaded.
The Revs got multiple runners on base in each of the next three innings but could not bring home the tying run, stranding two aboard in the fourth, fifth, and sixth.
Lancaster pulled away in the bottom of the sixth as, with bullpen health in mind, York sent outfielder Burgess to the hill. Chase Patterson led off with a long home run down the left field line, and Hobson hit his league-leading 24th home run, a three-run shot to give the game its final margin.
Ryan Dennick (4-5) earned the win in the nightcap with 1.2 scoreless innings. Julio DePaula (2-1) took the loss after giving up three runs in 1.1 innings. Pete Andrelczyk earned his third save of the year with two scoreless innings to end.
Jacobs finished 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI to lead the Barnstormers, while Gailen and Hobson combined for seven RBIs.
Pounds went 2-for-2 with a run and two walks, finishing the doubleheader with five hits. Perez scored two runs to give him 293 with the Revs, five back of Scott Grimes’ club record of 298.
Notes: The game one win was the 300th road victory in Revolution history. The Revs and Barnstormers continue the final War of the Roses games presented by PNC Bank this season on Tuesday night as York’s James Simmons (11-8, 4.07) meets Lancaster’s Joe Gardner (2-1, 4.81). Revs fans can catch the action live on SportsRadio 1350, woyk1350.com, and on the WOYK mobile app beginning at 6:40 p.m. with Darrell Henry and Will DeBoer on the call.