Game 6: Southern Maryland 6, York 3

Editor’s Note: Read injury updates on Landon Jacobsen, Pete Munro and Dave Veres here.

The opportunity to get back to .500 was on the line. A chance to tie Newark for the Freedom Division lead was there for the taking. And a three-game sweep loomed on Thursday night at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

But the York Revolution couldn’t come away with the win. Instead, the Revs dropped a 6-3 decision in front of an announced crowd of 4,032 after starter Corey Thurman was touched up for a four-spot in the first inning. Patrick Osborn blasted a three-run shot over the Arch Nemesis during the four-run rally — an outburst that halted a 24-inning scoreless streak for the Blue Crabs (2-4).

Thurman (0-2) did well to get through four innings without his best stuff, but he allowed a homer in the first inning for the second straight start. Reid Price and Matt Trent were phenomenal in relief for the Revs (2-4). Price only allowed a solo shot to Kyle Nichols in three innings of work and Trent gave manager Chris Hoiles two scoreless innings at the end of the game. The Revs’ bullpen has now only allowed two runs in its last 19 2/3 innings while striking out 28 in that same span.

Matt Esquivel scored all three runs for York and finished a triple short of the cycle. He launched his own bomb over the Arch Nemesis in the fourth for his first homer of the year. Sandy Aracena was the only other bright spot for the Revolution offense, which entered the game with a league-worst .201 average. Aracena was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Ryan Bicondoa was excellent for the second straight start for Southern Maryland. Bicondoa went seven and only allowed three earned runs. Derrick DePriest came on in the ninth for his first save of the year.

Player of the Game: Patrick Osborn (Southern Maryland). The Blue Crabs clearly needed a jolt on offense coming into this one to avoid a five-game losing streak and Osborn provided it right at the start. He finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and maybe created some momentum for Butch Hobson’s squad going into their first ever home game Friday. Bincondoa was also a huge part of this win. He improved to 2-0.

Quotable: “I’m very pleased with the bullpen. Pitching overall has been pretty good and the bullpen has been a great thing. We only have one lefty out there in Reid (Price), but the righties we have can get both righties and lefties out. It’s a great combination of different guys.” — Revolution manager Chris Hoiles.

Notes: Both Matt Dryer and Travis Ezi got the day off on Thursday. Enrique Cruz and Kaz Tanaka started in their places… Hoiles developed a nasty stomach illness Wednesday night and said he vomited for what seemed like 15 straight minutes before finally falling asleep around 6 a.m. He still managed to lead his group from the dugout Thursday night… Aaron Rakers (0-0, 15.00 ERA) (pictured) will start Friday against Long Island against Jim Magrane (0-0, 9.82 ERA) but after that things are up in the air. Saturday night’s starter won’t be determined until after Friday’s game and Pete Munro will not make the start. Munro could be available for an inning or two out of the bullpen, but is not ready to make a start… Hoiles said he’s thought about calling on Price as a spot starter and mentioned Travis Phelps as another candidate who could start. Price looked impressive in his three innings, especially when he got out in front of hitters and used his change-up… WSBA color analyst Gary Sutton missed Thursday’s game after his car was hit by a drunk driver Wednesday not far from the ballpark. Sutton is in good condition, but still missed the game because of a fever, which was unrelated to the accident.

Southern Maryland — 401010000 — 6◊10◊0

York Revolution — 010101◊000 — 3◊8◊1

1ST: Sac fly by Eric Crozier (1-0 So. Md.); Patrick Osborn three-run homer over the Arch Nemesis in left field. (4-0 So. Md.).

2ND: Matt Esquivel doubles off the center field wall to start the inning; Tyler Von Schell lines out to right; Jason Aspito grounds out to first, Esquivel to third; Kenny Perez walks; Sandy Aracena broken bat RBI single to left field, Esquivel scores (4-1 So. Md.); Kaz Tanaka pops out to the shortstop.

3RD: Chris Maples singles; Curtis Pride grounds out on a hot shot to first, Maples to second; Kyle Nichols RBI single to center, Maples scores (5-1 So. Md.); Eric Crozier lines out to center; Patrick Osborn rips a single to center; Clint Johnston strikes out swinging.

4TH: Matt Esquivel launches a long drive over the Arch Nemesis in left (5-2 So. Md.).

5TH: Kyle Nichols crushes a solo home run over the protective netting in left-center (6-2 So. Md.)

6TH: Matt Padgett flies out to left; Matt Esquivel singles; Tyler Von Schell singles; Jason Aspito lines to left; Kenny Perez RBI single up the middle, Esquivel scores (6-3 So. Md.); Sandy Aracena strikes out swinging.

*Steve Russ photo.

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3 Responses

  1. I don’t know about Hoiles sometimes.

    Why not hit Dryer for Kaz at the end of the game?

    I know Dryer isn’t hitting well, but he gives you a better chance than Kaz. Does Kaz even have a hit this year?

    I don’t want to be all complaints this evening:

    Esquivel is really coming on. His homer was pretty impressive. That double to centerfield was as hard a hit ball as you’re going to see, too.

    The pen remains the bright spot on this team.

  2. I don’t want to throw Hoiles under the bus on that one. He has to give Tanaka an opportunity to prove himself at some point. But the move did backfire when the game ended with Dryer in the on-deck circle.

    Tanaka is an interesting player for York this year. He was clearly brought back in part because he was a fan favorite, but the truth is he was a below average player last year. He is a liability in the outfield when not in left (If you were at Thursday’s game, you saw his poor relay throw to the plate that skipped about 50 times). And he is absolutely no threat to put the ball in the gaps.

    I hate to say it because he gives a great effort. But Tanaka needs to prove himself quickly to stick around the entire year.

  3. My only theory of having Kaz bat in that situation is Hoiles was looking for at least contact, I guess. Both starts this year, Thurman has had the big inning but seems to settle down after that. Hopefully adjustments can be made. Sounds a little Daniel Cabrera to me. Long Island should be a nice early season test for the Revs.

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