The York Revolution's recent struggles continued on Monday night, Aug. 28, when the team dropped a 5-4 decision to the Long Island Ducks at Bethpage Ballpark.
The loss for York, paired with the Lancaster Barnstormers' 3-2 victory, moved the two teams back into a tie for first place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division with identical 29-22 records.
The Revs tried to mount a comeback in the top of the ninth after entering the inning trailing 5-3. After the first two hitters were retired, Telvin Nash provided the team with a glimmer of hope thanks to a solo home run to bring the team within a run. Dayron Varona came up as the tying run, but, he struck out on a full count, ending the game and leading York to its third loss in its last four games.
It was one bad inning earlier in the game that ultimately cost the Revs. After taking a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly in the top of the third, Long Island (31-20) took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth.
The Ducks hung four runs on York starter Jared Gaynor in the frame, three of which were earned. The tough break came in the form of an inside-the-park home run by Delta Cleary Jr., which scored two runs and took Long Island's lead from 2-1 to 4-1 in the inning.
The Revs immediately countered with a pair of runs in the top half of the sixth on a Jared Mitchell two-run single to pull to within 4-3. But, the Ducks added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh to go back up 5-3, which proved to be the deciding run.
Gaynor, who was making a spot start in place of Steve Janas, pitched a strong game, only running into trouble in the fifth inning. He worked six innings of four-run ball, with three earned, on six hits, two walks and two strikeouts.
York out-hit Long Island, 9-6, but two errors led to two unearned runs, which proved to be significant.
The two teams will get back at it again on Tuesday, Aug. 29, with the second game of the four-game series beginning at 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark.