(May 20th, 2023 – Lancaster, Pa.): Nellie Rodriguez belted the 200th home run of his pro career but two big throwing errors cost the York Revolution who fell to the Lancaster Barnstormers, 12-4 on Saturday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
The Revs scored right away as Trent Giambrone led off the game by ripping a 394-foot double to left center field, extending his hitting streak to a league-high 14 games, and Jacob Rhinesmith doubled down the left field line to trade places with Giambrone, giving the Revs an immediate 1-0 lead.
Rodriguez led off the second with his 200th professional homer on a drive to right field, giving the Revs a 2-0 advantage. The milestone homer was Rodriguez’ third of the season, all coming in the last five games.
The Barnstormers took advantage of a York mistake in the bottom of the second, scoring six times to take control of the game. With a runner on second and one out, Jack Conley dribbled one back to Revs starter Tom Sutera who tried to gun across his body to get the lead runner at third, but the throw sailed errantly to the tarp as Trayvon Robinson scored, and the wheels seemed to come off. After an infield single, Trace Loehr smacked a potential inning-ending double play ball but it took a bad hop past Giambrone at short and into center for a game-tying single. The Barnstormers would end up batting around, getting a two-run double to deep center by Andretty Cordero, followed by a two-run homer to right by Kelly Dugan to cap the outburst and put Lancaster ahead, 6-2. Dugan’s homer was his fourth of the season and third against York, while it was his 14th career home run against the Revs tying former Somerset and Sugar Land slugger Josh Pressley for fourth-most by a Revs opponent.
York got one back in the third on an RBI ground out by Richard Urena but never recovered from the big inning.
Yeison Coca made his Barnstormers debut by slapping an RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the fourth as Lancaster’s lead grew to 7-3.
Ryan January launched a no doubt home run to right field bringing the Revs a little closer at 7-4 in the seventh, but Lancaster poured it on late in the game, scoring the final five runs in their last two turns at-bat.
Coca led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple, and with runners on first and third, York reliever Tasker Strobel fielded a comebacker but threw the ball into center field starting a double play attempt as Coca scored. Jake Hoover followed with a perfectly placed ground ball double that bounded over the third base bag allowing two more to score as Strobel’s scoreless streak ended at four consecutive appearances.
York closer Victor Capellan was brought on in the eighth and surrendered a two-run homer to right by Trayvon Robinson to close the scoring.
Sutera (1-2) suffered the loss, tagged with seven runs on eight hits in five innings of work. He walked two and struck out three.
Lancaster starter Brent Teller (1-1) picked up the win, allowing three runs on four hits over six innings. He did not allow a hit after the third as his final three innings were scoreless.
York lefty Nick Raquet (2-1) will face Lancaster’s Brandyn Sittinger (1-3) in Sunday’s series finale at 1 p.m. Revs fans can catch the action live on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 WOYK, 989woyk.com, The New WOYK app, and FloBaseball.TV beginning at 12:40 p.m. with Darrell Henry and Keith Noonan on the call.
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