Game 1: Camden 11, York 4

CAMDEN, N.J. — York held a two-run lead after 2 1/2 innings, but much like last year, the Revolution bullpen couldn’t hold a lead and York dropped an 11-4 decision to Camden at Campbell’s Field.

Player of the Game: Brett Bonvechio (Camden). Bonvechio launched a two-run homer that really rattled starter Aaron Myette and finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. L.J. Biernbaum also cranked a two-run shot for the ‘Sharks. Jason Aspito looked good for the Revs. The outfielder narrowly missed a homer in his first at-bat on a ball he said he hit off the end of the bat. Aspito finished 2-for-4.

Quotable: “This was a long time coming after breaking my wrist last year. It felt like I got cheated out of the last three weeks last season. It was great to be out there playing under the lights.” — Jason Aspito.

Notes: There has been a change in York’s pitching rotation for the weekend. Corey Thurman will get the start on Saturday night, Aaron Rakers (right) will take the mound on Sunday and Wayne Franklin will start the home opener in York on Tuesday. The initial plan was to keep Rakers in the bullpen, but that has obviously changed… Travis Ezi pulled up lame on his way to second base in the ninth inning. Manager Chris Hoiles said he didn’t have any information on Ezi’s condition.

Below is the game recap. Read my game story here.

1ST: Travis Ezi doubles off the base of the left field wall; Keoni De Renne lines out to left field; Matt Esquivel flies out to the shortstop on the outfield grass; Matt Padgett grounds out to first. Recap: 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 LOB.

BOTTOM: Nic Jackson walks; Mike Vento grounds out to third with Jackson advancing to second; Brett Bonvechio lines into 3-6 double play. Recap: 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 LOB.

2ND: Matt Dryer reaches on infield hit (Not a misprint); Jason Aspito doubles off the top of the right field wall, just missing a home run. Dryer advances to third; Kenny Perez grounds into RBI fielder’s choice, 6-5, Aspito thrown out at third. (1-0 York); Luis Taveras flies out to deep center field; Jose Enrique Cruz strikes out looking. Recap: 1 run, 2 hits, 1 LOB — 1-0 York.

BOTTOM: Josh Rabe grounds out to first base with Myette covering; L.J. Biernbaum breaks bat on lazy fly to center; Jason Phillips grounds out to short. Recap: 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 LOB.

3RD: Travis Ezi grounds out to second; Keoni De Renne hit by pitch; Matt Esquivel walks; Matt Padgett RBI single through the first base hole. De Renne scores. (2-0 York); Matt Dryer strikes out swinging; Jason Aspito grounds out to third. Recap: 1 run, 1 hit, 2 LOB. — 2-0 York.

BOTTOM: Randy McGarvey grounds out to first; Gary Cates singles to right; Gabe Suarez singles to shortstop on perfectly executed hit and run. Keoni De Renne slips on the play; Nic Jackson strikes out swinging; Mike Vento (wild pitch scores Cates from third) (2-1 York) strikes out looking. Recap: 1 run, 2 hits, 1 LOB. — 2-1 York.

4TH: Kenny Perez grounds to short; Luis Taveras thrown out on bunt attempt, 2-3; Jose Enrique Cruz pops out to second base. Recap: 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 LOB.

BOTTOM: Brett Bonvechio flies out to the warning track in center; Josh Rabe singles to left; L.J. Biernbaum crushes a two-run home run to deep right center (3-2 Camden); Jason Phillips pops out to the catcher; Randy McGarvey strikes out swinging. Recap: 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 LOB. — 3-2 Camden.

5TH: (Tony Peguero pitching for Camden) Travis Ezi flies out to right field; Keoni De Renne grounds out to shortstop; Matt Esquivel flies out to center field. Recap: 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 LOB.

BOTTOM: Gary Cates hit by pitch, advances to second on wild pitch; Gabe Suarez sacrifice bunt, 1-3, Cates advances to third; Nic Jackson hit by pitch (Tippy Martinez mound visit); Mike Vento sacrifice fly to deep center on the warning track, Cates scores (Camden 4-2); Brett Bonvechio (Jackson steals second base) launches a deep two-run homer over the right field wall (Camden 6-2); (Matt Trent pitching for York) Josh Rabe doubles into the left field corner; L.J. Biernbaum strikes out swinging. Recap: 3 runs, 2 hits, 1 LOB. — 6-2 Camden.

6TH: Matt Padgett strikes out swinging; Matt Dryer grounds out to shortstop; Jason Aspito singles to center; Kenny Perez walks, Aspito to second; Luis Taveras flies out to right. Recap: 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 LOB.

BOTTOM: Jason Phillips singles to left as Jason Aspito slips; Randy McGarvey lines out to second; Gary Cates grounds into 4-6-3 double play. Recap: 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 LOB.

7TH: (Mike Flannery now pitching for Camden) Jose Enrique Cruz flies out to center; Travis Ezi strikes out swinging; Keoni De Renne walks; Matt Esquivel strikes out swinging. Recap: 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 LOB.

BOTTOM: (Wayne Franklin pitching for York) Gabe Suarez grounds out to shortstop; Nic Jackson reaches on error by Jose Enrique Cruz; Mike Vento walks, Jackson to second; (passed ball advances the runners) Brett Bonvechio walked; Josh Rabe walks, forcing in Jackson (Camden 7-2); (Nick McCurdy pitching for York) L.J. Biernbaum walks, forcing in pinch runner Chris Walker (Camden 8-2); Jason Phillips walks, forcing in Bonvechio (Camden 9-2); Randy McGarvey retired on a 3-6-2 double play, Biernbaum scores (Camden 10-2). Recap: 4 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB. — Camden 10-2.

8TH: (Walker playing center, Jackson moves to left) Matt Padgett strikes out looking; Dryer strikes out swinging; Jason Aspito strikes out swinging. Recap: 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 LOB.

BOTTOM: Gary Cates grounds out to third; Gabe Suarez flies out to right center; Nic Jackson singles up the middle; Chris Walker RBI triple to the gap in right field (Camden 11-2); Brett Bonvechio pops out to right field. Recap: 1 run, 2 hits, 1 LOB. — Camden 11-2.

9TH: Kenny Perez lines out 1-3; Luis Taveras walked; Jose Enrique Cruz bloops a single to center, Taveras to second; Travis Ezi two-RBI double into the right field corner (Camden 11-4); Keoni De Renne lines out to center, Ezi advances to third; Matt Esquivel strikes out. Recap: 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 LOB.

Final: Camden 11, York 4.

*Jose Enrique Cruz photo by Dispatch photographer Bill Kalina.

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3 Responses

  1. There’s nothing like the joys of bad traffic on the turnpike.

  2. Oh, well. One hundred and thirty nine to go.

    No surprises in the lineup, really.

    The free-swinging nature of this team was much discussed on this blog leading up to the season and it’s already pretty obvious that this lineup is going to have to absorb it’s share of K’s.

    Is this rotation shake-up a possible permanent move? Or is it just due to guys just not being ready to pitch 5-6 innings a stretch?

  3. Any update on Ezi? It seems like Kaz Tanaka is the only other reasonable option in CF, right?

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