Game 7: York 11, Long Island 4

Faced with its biggest test of the young Atlantic League season, the York Revolution’s offense finally showed up in a big spot.

The Revs pounded out 14 hits and kept the pressure on Long Island all night in an 11-4 victory before an announced crowd of 4,233 at Sovereign Bank Stadium. York (3-4) entered the game with a measly .206 batting average — worst in the Atlantic League — but had no problem finding the clutch hit in this one while halting the Ducks’ four-game win streak.

Tyler Von Schell and Travis Ezi both went for three hits and Jason Aspito launched his second home run of the week to right field in the third inning — a two-run shot. Kenny Perez also hit his first home run as a Rev and every York starter had at least one hit in this game.

The Revs broke the game open against Long Island (5-2) starter Jim Magrane in the fourth. After a Luis Taveras groundout, Keoni De Renne singled to center. Then Ezi singled through the right side. Matt Padgett followed with an RBI single and Matt Esquivel then added a double that plated Ezi. Von Schell followed with an RBI single of his own and that’s when the Ducks made the call to the bullpen. But York’s four-spot in the inning had already broken things open.

Aaron Rakers (1-1) made only his third professional start in this one and pitched well after he was staked to an early lead. Rakers went five and scattered nine hits while giving up two earned runs (four overall). This was only the third time in 398 career professional appearances that he started a game. So his success in this spot starting role is huge for the Revolution. The bullpen followed with another tremendous performance. Nick McCurdy, Travis Phelps and Jason Olson all pitched a scoreless inning.

Players of the Game: Travis Ezi (pictured) and Tyler Von Schell (York). There were many worthy candidates of this award tonight, but Ezi showed how important he is to the Revs’ success. When he gets on base and causes havoc this is a different team. He and Von Schell both doubled twice in the game and Ezi scored three times while Von Schell finished with three RBIs. Von Schell has continued to work his way up in the batting order and it looks like Ezi has found a home in the No. 2 hole behind De Renne for the time being.

Notes: The Revs scored in five of the first six innings and Magrane was tagged with the loss. He allowed 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings and nine runs, although only seven were earned… The Revs’ bullpen continues to roll onward. The group has now only allowed two runs in its last 22 2/3 innings… Perez had his first two-hit game of the season, which is a good sign for manager Chris Hoiles. York will count on Perez to add some stability to the bottom of the order… Brent Abernathy quietly had a good game for the Ducks. He finished with four hits… York’s one blemish in this one was its four errors committed in the field. De Renne, Aspito, Padgett and Rakers all had miscues.

Long Island Ducks — 010◊120◊000 — 4◊12◊1

York Revolution — 204◊311◊00X — 11◊14◊4

*Steve Russ photo.

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10 Responses

  1. This is the offense that we expected all along. Hopefully, they’re getting their timing down collectively and shaking off the slow start.

    Rakers was decent. Fortunately, he didn’t have to be perfect. I give him all the credit in the world for being willing to be used in the rotation, but I think it’s safe to say that the team will be better when Jacobsen and Munro are ready to start and Rakers is back in his natural bullpen role.

    The pen was terrific, as usual.

    The fact that the pen has been so good to this point in the season without Rakers and with only an inning (by my count) from Veres, really says something.

    Obviously, four errors in a game is never good. Fortunately, they didn’t factor in because the offense was excellent.

    Any update on the timeline for Dryer to start playing third, again? He should be applauded for playing out of position for the good of the team, but Padgett looks like a first baseman playing third base.

    The ball that went under De Renne’s glove and then under Aspito’s glove was hilarious (as the Revs had a nice lead at that point). I’m not sure I’ve ever see that in a professional game before.

    Am I mistaken, or did Long Island have a backup first baseman pitching in the 8th? His knuckleball must have been pretty good to induce an infield pop on one pitch and a double-play ball after a walk. They should think about pitching him a bit more.

    As for the announced crowd of 4,233….unless the stadium capacity is now 8,000, I think they’re padding the numbers a bit. Maybe they sold that many tickets, though, I did notice when I was buying mine that there were a lot sold.

  2. Magrane is a former Triple-A guy with a 3.94 ERA in the minors (not bad), but he’s been struggling early. So I’m interested to see how the offense does against Simontacchi and Searles the next two days.

    I’ve heard Dryer has taken some grounders at third but I don’t think he’s anywhere close to returning to the field there. I’ll have to ask him for more on that.

    Cafiero pitched the eighth for Long Island and he’s a bench coach/player. Those guys are always tons of fun. He was drafted by the Phillies and played with the Road Warriors before and did hit 10 homers one year in the Atlantic League.

    The attendance numbers are always inflated. That’s why I go with the “announced” crowd. But I wasn’t physically in the park last night, so I’m not sure on that one.

  3. The Revs website says that “David Gassner” is starting for the Revs tonight.

    Any info on him and on who was released to make room for him on the roster?

  4. I looked Gassner up.

    He was briefly a Minnesota Twin and has lots of AAA experience.

  5. Yeah what’s the deal with Gassner..he was originally with Camden before spring training..now he’s with the Revs? Looks like that “friendly rivalry” between Gladstone and Keller is turning out to be a hoax…was this a trade or what? Just curious as to how this all came about..although i do have my “suspicions!”

  6. Gassner, a much-needed lefty, will replace Landon Jacobsen, who was placed on the inactive list. I’m going to the park tonight, so I’ll have more info on him later.

  7. Gassner never played in a game with Camden, as far as I can tell, so he may have been a free agent.

  8. thanks for the answers. I appreciate some straight answers !

  9. Gassner went to Taiwan briefly, so at that point he was no longer Camden’s property. That opened the door for York to enter the picture.

    He looked good in his first outing, although some great defense saved him in a couple innings.

  10. thanks Jeff..I had not heard that Gassner was in Taiwan…

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