Game 118: Lancaster 3, York 0

After a night in which hits and runs came as frequently as overweight men to an all-you-can-eat buffet, the York Revolution offense was stifled.

Lancaster’s Ben Fritz fired six innings in a phenomenal performance and York was dealt a Sunday shutout, 3-0, at the hands of its Route 30 rival before 4,610 at Sovereign Bank Stadium. York had tied a season-high for runs (16) Saturday night and had 14 hits in the process. But this was a day for the Barnstormers to finally bounce back after losing eight of nine game.

Lancaster (21-27, 51-67) had surrendered 56 runs on 74 hits in the previous 34 innings entering the game, but those fortunes were turned around quickly Sunday. Fritz allowed only three hits and the trio of Ricardo Gomez, Steve Kent and Ryan Cullen closed out the game without allowing a hit.

Aaron Rakers (9-8) was the tough-luck loser for the Revs. July’s Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month pitched eight innings and only allowed an Ian Bladergroen home run while striking out eight. Rakers (pictured) has not won since his Aug. 6 complete-game win over Newark.

Meanwhile, the Revs (27-21, 57-61) failed to match their single-season record for victories (58) and continued a frustrating streak in which they have alternated wins and losses often. The Revolution has only won two games in a row once the last 14 outings following a franchise-best eight-game win streak. York also saw its lead in the Freedom Division cut to only 1 1/2 games thanks to Newark’s 12-6 win over Long Island. The Bears have won nine of 11.

Keoni De Renne, Kennard Jones and Matt Esquivel were the only Revolution hitters to manage a hit Sunday. And York also fell behind in the War of the Roses series. Lancaster holds an 8-7 edge with five games remaining between the two rivals this season. The next series will start Sept. 18 and the five games in that season-ending tilt could very well decide York’s playoff hopes.

For now, the Revolution will hit the road again. The Revs travel to Bridgeport, Ct. Monday for a three-game series with the Bluefish. York’s Dan Foli (4-6, 5.53 ERA) will oppose Bridgeport ace Barry Hertzler (8-7, 4.88 ERA).

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2 Responses

  1. Rakers did an outstanding job on the mound! Once again the offense doesn’t come alive when a pitcher is on fire. Not to mention that Matt Dryer was set down on k’s three times tonight. That makes 94 SO in about 300 At bats. Not sure why that makes him such a fan favorite. There are guys in the Central league that play better then him anyday of the week. Just my .02 cents.

  2. No one in the Central League could play in the Atlantic League. Ask any of the 75 local guys who tried out for the team in April and were never heard from again.

    Dryer is streaky, certainly, but he does have 17 homers in those 300 at-bats.

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