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Five-Game Win Streak Ends, 7-2

The York Revolution struck in the first matchup of North Division second-half frontrunners Friday evening at WellSpan Park.

Troy Stokes, Jr. homered and drove in four runs, and Carlos Espinal gave the Revolution a quality start as the Revolution dropped the Lancaster Barnstormers, 7-2, in the opener of a three-game series.

Following the Friday night action, York (7-3) pulled to within one game of the Barnstormers (9-3).

Lancaster put the first two runs of the game on the board, but at a much slower pace than the club that had been averaging nearly 10 runs per game over the second half.  Ariel Sandoval drove home Melvin Mercedes with a long double to center in the first inning.  Shawon Dunston, Jr. singled home Chad Sedio with a liner to right in the fourth.  Espinal retired the next three, stranding two Barnstormers on the bases, and York took control of the game.

Stokes, Jr. tied the game with a two-run blast to left center in the fourth.  In the fifth, Dominic DiSabatino (3-6) walked Nellie Rodriguez then hit Ryan January with a pitch.  Alexis Pantoja loaded the bases with a single into right.  Trent Giambrone fanned for the first out, but DiSabatino walked Tomo Otosaka to force home the lead run.  Stokes singled into center to pick up the second run of the inning, and Drew Mendoza made it 5-2 with a force play grounder to second.

York got an insurance run in the seventh on Stokes’ second single and scored again in the eighth on a wild pitch.

The Barnstormers will send Brent Teller (6-4) to the mound against Tom Sutera  (6-3) on Saturday at 6:30.  Fans may tune into FloBaseball, beginning at 6:25.

NOTES:  Mercedes walked twice, extending his on-base streak to 16…Andretty Cordero singled in the seventh to stretch a hitting streak to 10…Joseph Carpenter was not in the lineup, keeping his hit streak intact at 12…Lancaster has not won in four tries at York this season…Stokes became the ninth opposing batter to drive in four or more runs against the Barnstormers in July.