Their battered pitching staff barely holding together, the Lancaster Barnstormers sorely needed to dig out a win Saturday.
After a long, lost Saturday, they didn’t get it.
The York Revolution swept a day-night doubleheader of seven-inning games, 6-4 and 4-3, at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
It was the third straight loss for the Barnstormers (18-27), now eight games behind Sugar Land in the Atlantic League’s Freedom Division. The Revolution (19-31) now lead this year’s War of the Roses series, 4-2.
Just as importantly, Lancaster manager Ross Peeples is about out of healthy arms.
“I’ve never seen anything like this, at least since I’ve been managing,’’ he said between games Saturday, adding that he had “two, or three at the most,’’ available arms for game two.
Yet the Barnstormers were on their third pitcher by the third inning, York having scored five in the first, the big blow there a three-run homer by Welington Dotel.
The bullpen settled from there, with solid work from Logan Sawyer, Andury Acevedo and Cody Eppley.
Big picture, though, starter Jake McCasland is out “for a while,’’ with a shoulder problem. Reliever Bryan Harper has reinjured a hamstring. Starter Jonathan Albaladejo, out for over a month, is expected back soon.
Game one starter Buddy Baumann did get Peeples seven innings, but, at least in terms of the AL first-half race, has the damage already been done?
“That’s been our problem,’’ Peeples said. “We’ve had to give too many relievers spot starts. It could just be wear and tear, but I wouldn’t say it’s been overuse.’’
A crowd of 5,357 watched the nightcap, in which the Barnstormers loaded the bases with nobody out, down 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh.
York went to veteran righty Josh Judy, who did walk a run in, but also got the final three outs.
York 4, Lancaster 3 (game one): A tight, entertaining game ended on two sharply-hit balls by the Barnstormers, with runners on second and third, one out and the game on the line. Both resulted in outs.
Darian Sandford isn’t so sure about that.
Sandford led off the seventh with a single. Dam Gamache walked. Caleb Gindl followed with a fly to medium center, on which the speedy Sandford took off for third.
“He might be the only guy in the league who could tag up on that ball,’’ Peeples said.
Sandford drew a throw to third, allowing Gamache to go to second.
With the York infield way in, Joe Terdoslavich grounded sharply right at the second baseman. Sandford took off for home and, he felt, evaded the tag.
“I dove and swept my hand over the plate,’’ Sandford said. “The catcher said he tagged me, but I didn’t feel it. If you watch the video, I was clearly safe.’’
K.C. Hobson then sent a line drive straight at the center fielder to end it.
That made Angelys Nina’s home run to left-center to lead off the seventh the game winner. It was one of four solo homers by the Revs.
Caleb Gindl, hitting .304 with a .924 OPS, had a two-run homer for Lancaster. Gamache had a single, two walks and a sacrifice fly RBI.