Game 47: Lancaster 9, York 8

The 2008 edition of the War of the Roses series isn’t quite the dramatic thriller we all hoped — mainly because York and Lancaster are battling to stay out of the Freedom Division basement.

But even in just four games, the series has provided some memorable moments.

Lancaster’s Lance Burkhart delivered a walk-off, three-run home run Friday night to give the Barnstormers a 9-8 win over York in the Revs first visit of the season to Clipper Magazine Stadium. York was actually able to get to one of the Barnstormers’ better starters — Josh Hall allowed eight earned runs and 11 hits in four innings — but a decent outing from Aaron Rakers (6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER) was ruined.

The late blast came off arguably the Revolution’s most reliable reliever — Dave Veres (pictured). The former major leaguer took the loss and only recorded two outs while trying for the save. Frank Castillo also made his first appearance in a Revolution uniform and didn’t fare well. He allowed a run while issuing three walks in the seventh and only got one out before he was relieved by Matt Trent.

York’s big inning came in the second. The Revs scored six runs behind a Keoni De Renne single, Chris Ashby’s two-run single and a three-run homer from Jason Aspito. Unfortunately, the lead didn’t hold up and the Revs have now lost three of four against their Route 30 rival this season.

Player of the Game: Lance Burkhart (Lancaster). Burkhart is an original member of the Barnstormers and although his batting average has not been spectacular this season, he seems to provide the big extra-base hit when needed. His late heroics sent the Revolution to easily one of its most demoralizing losses of the year — and that’s saying something. 

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