We mused at the beginning of this crucial holiday weekend series against Lancaster at home, which included a doubleheader on Sunday to make up the rainout from April 30, that York needed at least three in the win column to not dig themselves a hole they couldn’t climb out of, nearing the quarter pole of the season in the first half Freedom Division race. After being four games behind the Barnstormers on May 23 at 6:30 p.m. when this series began, the Revolution go to bed on May 26 in first place by a game in the standings.
I think Darrell Henry will agree with me when I say this weekend was the most energy at Santander Stadium since the 2010 Division Series against Somerset when York triumphed in a decisive Game 5 before winning it all in Bridgeport, and Game 4 of the 2011 Championship Series against Long Island when they won their second straight Atlantic League Championship, but the first at home. As far as regular season games go, this was the tops.
The five-game sweep is a franchise first. Here’s the full rundown:
- York has won six consecutive War of The Roses games, and now leads the season series 7-3.
- York has won seven of the last eight meetings with Lancaster, after falling behind in the War of The Roses this season 0-2.
- The Community Cup has never been won outright two years in a row. The Revolution need just three wins in the final 10 meetings with Lancaster this season for a 10-10 tie to retain it, after winning the Cup 12-8 last season. The only two off-seasons it was in the same city was 2011 and 2012, when in ’12 there was a 10-10 tie, with Lancaster retaining the Cup. York needs just four wins in the final 10 meetings to win it outright two straight seasons for the first time.
- York’s all-time lead in the War of The Roses is going to be safe for a while. The five-game sweep puts the all-time series at 78-68 in favor of the Revolution, and 81-73 including playoff games.
- Three times in the five-game sweep, York held Lancaster to just one run, and outscored them 26-11 for the series.
- The Barnstormers will re-group over a long War of The Roses break. The teams won’t meet again until a three-game series in Lancaster which begins on July 4.
When the #RevsMagic hashtag was born, perhaps this is what everyone had in mind.