Game 4: York 9, Southern Maryland 0

After three games in Camden, N.J. in which York’s offense just couldn’t seem to put it together, the Revs finally broke out of their offensive slump in Tuesday’s home-opener at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

York sent 10 men to the plate in the second and scored six runs on the way to a 9-0 shutout win over Southern Maryland. Travis Ezi’s two-run home run highlighted the monster inning and Tyler Von Schell was 2-for-4 with a solo blast, launching a long shot over the Arch Nemesis in left field. All the offense plus Wayne Franklin’s five shutout innings sent the crowd of 6,038 — the second largest crowd in Sovereign Bank Stadium history — home happy.

Player of the Game: Wayne Franklin (York). After dealing with a nasty illness over the weekend in Camden, Franklin started to feel a little bit better on Sunday morning. Then he felt a lot better during York’s off-day on Monday. The rest led to a great performance from the former major leaguer. Franklin tossed five innings of shutout ball, striking out six to pick up his first win of the season. The lefty walked three batters in the fourth inning and loaded the bases but was able to pitch around the trouble and hold the Blue Crabs off the board.

Quotable: “I was making jokes that I got the bird flu down in Florida. It was a miserable feeling. We were all looking forward to coming home (after the losing streak) and everyone hears great things about Sovereign Bank Stadium. It’s good to get some home cooking once in awhile.” — Wayne Franklin

Notes: Ezi and Von Schell’s home runs were the first of the season for the Revs… Nick McCurdy pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Reid Price and Matt Trent each gave manager Chris Hoiles a scoreless inning each… Matt Dryer was the only York starter without a hit in the win over Southern Maryland. Dryer was 0-for-4 and grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the sixth… Hoiles received a lovely flower bouquet from his wife, Dana, and his three sons wishing him luck in the home-opening series… Pete Munro (right) threw off a mound for the first time since spring training on Tuesday and said he hopes to make the start on Saturday at home against Long Island. Hoiles said he’s taking Munro and Landon Jacobsen’s health on a day-by-day basis.

Game Re-Cap:

Southern Maryland — 000◊000◊000 — 0◊7◊4

York Revolution — 06100200X — 9◊12◊1

2ND: Matt Esquivel infield single to shortstop, Matt Dryer flies out to center field; Jason Aspito single to shallow right, Esquivel to second; (Wild pitch advances runners) Tyler Von Schell walk loads the bases; Kenny Perez RBI single through the hole at third base, Esquivel scores (1-0 York); Sandy Aracena sacrifice fly to center, Aspito scores (2-0 York); Keoni De Renne two-run double to the right field corner, Von Schell and Perez score (4-0 York); Travis Ezi smacks two-run homer that barely clears the wall in right (6-0 York); Matt Padgett double off the center field wall; (Wild pitch sends Padgett to third) Esquivel lines out to third. Recap: 6 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on base.

3RD: Matt Dryer pops out to the catcher; Jason Aspito strikes out looking; Tyler Von Schell launches a home run over the Arch Nemesis (7-0 York); Kenny Perez lines out to center. Recap: 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on base.

6TH: Kenny Perez singles up the middle; Sandy Aracena sprays a single to right, Perez scores on error by second baseman on relay throw (8-0 York); (Wild pitch sends Aracena to second) Keoni De Renne walks; Travis Ezi walks to load the bases; Matt Padgett bloops an RBI single center, Aracena scores (9-0 York); Matt Esquivel skies a pop-out to the third baseman; Matt Dryer grounds into 6-4-3 double play. Recap: 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 3 left on base.

*Kenny Perez and Wayne Franklin photos by Dispatch photographer John Pavoncello.

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9 Responses

  1. Nice! A big Revs win! I wish I could have been there (lousy work) for this one after watching two stinkers in Camden this weekend.

    I would guess that Franklin didn’t go super-deep into the game, even with the shutout going, right? Can I assume it was another strong showing from the pen?

    I think Kenny Perez actually started at 2b on Saturday, as well as tonight.

  2. Great game, great view from the 3rd base line all night long as Revs pitching held the Crabs at bay. Great view of Von Schell’s blast over the wall too, a nice high arcing shot that was never in doubt. Both teams had a lot of walk trouble but York just managed to get by them while SoMD made costly errors like that ridiculous pop fly to left that landed between three players.

    Can’t wait to go again Friday for PSU night!

  3. You’re right. Perez started at second on Saturday in Camden. Thanks for the correction.

    I have to say Southern Maryland played a horrible game tonight. Four errors and a couple of other plays that turned into hits but were misplays by fielders.

    It will be interesting to see how long Von Schell lasts in the seventh spot. His other hit, a double, missed going out in right field by about three feet. The ball hit where the right field wall gets a bit taller. I was really impressed by that opposite-field power.

    What did people out there think of the pre-game festivities?

  4. I really hope Munro pitches on Saturday. I’ll be there and I’ve been itching to see him pitch ever since you posted that youtube video!

  5. I’m interested in the physics of the hit that allowed Esquivel to reach on an infield single.

  6. “Hoiles received a lovely flower bouquet from his wife, Dana, and his three sons wishing him luck in the home-opening series… ”

    Chris Hoiles getting flowers from his wife at work? Honestly, that’s pretty embarrassing.

  7. Had to sneak the flowers in there. At least there’s love in the family.

    Esquivel’s infield hit was a hot shot up the middle that the shortstop had to range to his left for and make a dive. Esquivel beat the throw by about a step and a half I think.

    The man is faster than he looks. He was 15-for-17 in stolen base attempts last year at Double-A Mississippi. The two times he was thrown out came when he slid past the bag, according to him.

  8. Munro told me he’s just been a little stiff after pitching so much in Taiwan last season. He was the team’s workhorse and they won the championship, so that added up to a lot of innings for him.

    He was hit pretty hard in spring training, so I’m also interested to see how he fares against the Ducks — maybe one of the better lineups in the league.

  9. I snuck in for free.

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