Game 49: Lancaster 4, York 2

The York Revolution had an opportunity to climb out of the Freedom Division basement Sunday afternoon at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

But rival Lancaster put the brakes on that venture behind Nick Renault’s solid start.

Renault went eight innings and carried a shutout into the ninth inning before running into trouble. Luckily, closer Jose Cabrera was able to come in and douse the fire — putting the finishing touches on a 4-2 victory before an announced 5,309 at the Clip. Renault’s final line was impressive: 8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 8 K, 5 BB, and the Revs fell to 2-4 against their Route 30 rival this season.

Mark Rosen made his first start of the year for York (18-31) and made it through three innings while allowing one earned run. He struck out two before giving way to Jason Olson for a scoreless inning. Then the newly acquired Heath Totten was roughed up for six hits and three earned runs in two innings. Frank Castillo pitched two innings of flawless ball while adding a strikeout to finish things off.

The Revs scored two in the ninth — the first on Jarred Ball’s throwing error (Chris Ashby) and then the second on an RBI single from Matt Esquivel. The series against Lancaster got progressively worse offensively for York. The Revolution scored eight runs Friday night, four Saturday and then two in the finale Sunday.

York will now return home to Sovereign Bank Stadium for a three-game set with Bridgeport. Dave Gil (0-2, 8.27 ERA) will be on the hill in Game 1 and will be looking for his first win of the year. The Revs are 0-4 in his starts.

Player of the Game: Nick Renault (Lancaster). You don’t see shutout bids too often at Clipper Magazine Stadium, but York’s offense was stymied by Renault for eight innings. The sporadic play of the Revolution’s offense is becoming a common theme as the Atlantic League season progresses. The Revs have the ability to score 10 runs one night and be shutout the next. It’s all because the lineup lacks consistent on-base threats.

Notes: Sandy Aracena extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a 1-for-4 performance. The streak is tops on the Revs this season. … York committed two more errors in Sunday’s game. Aracena and Rosen both made one. … Jason Aspito drew three walks and scored one run. … Matt Dryer’s recent slide continued. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. … Lancaster’s Danny Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. … Bridgeport will visit Sovereign Bank Stadium for the first time this season starting Monday.

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