The first half of the Atlantic League season is nearly a third gone already.
While it's still too early to call any series vital, the looming three-game set between the York Revolution and Lancaster Barnstormers at Clipper Magazine Stadium is key for both teams.
The Revs, after a doubleheader split at New Britain on Sunday, trail the surging Barnstormers (16-5) by five games in the Freedom Division entering that series. Lancaster has won 10 straight, including a doubleheader sweep of the Road Warriors on Sunday.
A York sweep vs. Lancaster on the road could get the Revs (10-9) right back in the race. A Barnstormers sweep, however, could bury any chance that York has of contending in the first half.
On Sunday, York dropped the opener vs. New Britain, 5-2 in eight innings, before rolling to a 9-0 triumph in the second game.
In the second game, former Washington Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler pitched five innings of two-hit shutout ball to improve to 2-1 and lower his ERA to 2.38. He struck out four and walked two. Overall, York's pitchers allowed just three hits.
Michael Burgess (two hits, two RBIs, run), Melky Mesa (two hits, two RBIs), Jose Cuevas (two hits, two RBIs) and Welington Dotel (two hits, two runs, RBI) accounted for all eight of York's hits.
In the opener, Jay Gause gave York a solid start, allowing one earned run and four hits over 4 2/3 innings, but got a no-decision. He struck out five, didn't walk anyone and lowered his ERA to 2.16.
York, however, supported him with just two runs and six hits, including two hits and an RBI from Zach Wilson and a homer from Jared Mitchell..
Luke Westphal took the loss, allowing three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning.
After an off day Monday, York's series at Lancaster features 7 p.m. starts on Tuesday and Wednesday and an 11 a.m. start Thursday.