The York Revolution's winning streak was bound to end at some point.
The Revs, however, would've liked to keep it going a little longer and actually make up some ground in the Atlantic League Freedom Division second-half race.
Instead, the winning run was halted at five games on Sunday, Aug. 6, with a 3-1 loss to the New Britain Bees at New Britain Stadium. The loss dropped York to 18-12 in the second half and kept it two games behind the Lancaster Barnstormers for first place in the division. Lancaster (20-10) also lost on Sunday, Aug. 6, to the Sugar Land Skeeters, 6-2
The Revs didn't have quite the same offense on Sunday that they had during the winning streak. Still, York did lead for the majority of the game. Unfortunately, it was just a slim 1-0 advantage that eventually was erased late in the contest.
New Britain (10-19) scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to finally overtake York and grab a 2-1 lead. Those runs would prove to be the difference, but the Bees added an insurance tally in the bottom of the eighth to build a 3-1 cushion.
Despite the Revs bringing the tying run to the dish in the top of the ninth, the offense just wasn't there. Luis Cruz flew out to right field to end the game.
York's only bit of offense came in the very first inning, thanks to Dayron Varona. With two on and two outs, Varona singled home Alexi Casilla to put the Revs quickly on top, 1-0. However, half of York's four hits came in the opening frame and it was stymied by New Britain starter Greg Nappo and the bullpen for the rest of the afternoon.
The lack of offense also squandered a strong start by Frank Gailey, who made the 1-0 lead hold up into the sixth inning. The two runs he gave up in that inning were his only mistakes. He spun six innings, allowing the two earned runs on four hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Gailey (9-8) remains tied for the league lead with nine victories.
Joe Van Meter pitched a scoreless seventh inning in relief and Jared Gaynor allowed the insurance run on three hits in the eighth.
otes: The Revs were denied in their attempt to finalize the first four-game road sweep in franchise history. ... York is now 21-12 since June 30, and has won four straight series. ... The loss snapped a season-best four-game road winning streak. ... York was held to four hits, their fewest in a game since July 22. The offense entered Sunday’s game batting .334 as a team over its previous 13 contests. ... York righty Steve Janas (2-5, 4.79) will start Monday, Aug. 7, opposite Somerset southpaw Mike Antonini (0-0, 0.00). That's the first game in a three-game series at TD Bank Park.