In a somewhat anticlimactic end to the Atlantic League regular season, the York Revolution dropped an 11-8, 11-inning decision to the visiting Lancaster Barnstormers on Sunday, Sept. 17.
That came just one day after the Revs clinched the Freedom Division second-half title with a 13-7 triumph on Saturday, Sept. 16, in front of a packed house of 7,035 fans at PeoplesBank Park — the fifth largest regular season crowd in ballpark history and the biggest since 2010. Chase Simpson's grand slam highlighted the division-clinching win. Simpson also homered in Sunday's loss.
Saturday's victory gave York a berth in the best-of-five Freedom Division Championship Series against Southern Maryland. York will play host to the Blue Crabs in Game 1 and Game 2 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Game 3, Game 4 and Game 5 are slated for Southern Maryland on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
York finished the second half at 40-30, two games clear of second-place Lancaster. Southern Maryland won the first-half Freedom title to clinch its playoff berth.
The Revs are in the postseason for the seventh time in franchise history. and for the second consecutive year. Saturday's win also locked up Mark Mason’s 350th win as manager of the Revs.
Tickets for the Wednesday and Thursday York playoff games are on sale at YorkRevolution.com, at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office and by phone at (717) 801-4487.
The team also announced that Revolution sponsors PeoplesBank, Rutter’s and Isaac’s have partnered with the team and will provide vouchers for free playoff game tickets. Fans may pick them up at all PeoplesBank financial centers, all area Rutter’s stores and the four York Isaac’s locations.
In Sunday's loss to Lancaster, York had an early 3-0 lead but couldn't hold on.
Luis Cruz (two hits, two runs, RBI), Travis Witherspoon (two hits, two runs, RBI), Alonzo Harris (two hits, RBI), Rubi. Silva (two hits, run) and Jay Carp (three RBIs) paced York's 12-hit attack.
York starter Frank Gailey pitched five innings of two-hit ball with nine strikeouts and three walks. He didn't allow an earned run, but had to settle for a no-decision. Gailey finished the season 14-9, tied for the second most wins in a season in team history. His 112 strikeouts are tied for the seventh highest total in a season in team history.
Sunday's game attracted a crowd of 4,372 fans. The Revs welcomed a total of 15,731 fans to the three home games against Lancaster this weekend.
At 4 hours and 25 minutes, Sunday's contest was the longest game of the season for the Revs. The 11 innings tied the longest game of the season.