Game 130: Long Island 11, York 4; Game 131: York 6, Long Island 2

On the day the Atlantic League set its new single day mark for attendance, the York Revolution moved a couple more steps toward the postseason.

York split a day-night doubleheader with Long Island, blowing a two-run lead in the eighth inning of an 11-4 loss in Game 1 before rallying for a 6-2 win in the nightcap. The Revs (35-26) moved their magic number to six and hold a four-game lead over second-place Lancaster in the Freedom Division.

York and Long Island also played in front of a combined 13,263 at Citibank Park in Central Islip, N.Y., which was a fraction of the 30,097 fans who visited Atlantic League ballparks Saturday.

In Game 1, Kennard Jones started things off with the first leadoff homer in Revolution franchise history. Jason Aspito (pictured) also went deep in the first inning to tie Nate Espy’s single-season mark for home runs (22). David Gil (five innings, two earned runs) made the early lead hold up, as he brought a one-hitter into the fifth inning.

But Long Island would do serious damage to the Revs’ bullpen in the eighth. The Ducks (35-27) scored nine runs in the inning off Juan Padilla and Matt Trent to secure the largest scoring output in a single inning against the Revs this year.

In Game 2, the story was an outstanding start from Aaron Rakers. The former Orioles’ prospect pitched six innings and only allowed two earned runs with eight strikeouts to move to 10-8.

George Sandel (pictured; 2-for-3, two RBIs) also played a big part in the nightcap and helped York avoid being swept in another doubleheader against Long Island. Jose Enrique Cruz also chipped in two RBIs from the No. 2 hole and York has now won five of its last six games.


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