Game 8: York 4, Long Island 2

The crowd of 4,295 that witnessed Saturday night’s game at Sovereign Bank Stadium will remember Matt Dryer’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning as the hit that propelled York to a 4-2 victory over Long Island.

But the way the Revs played defense in this one was just as crucial in the final outcome.

York (4-4) climbed into a tie for the Freedom Division lead with Newark behind a number of stellar web gems. Jason Aspito had two assists from the outfield — one cutting down Jamal Strong at home plate in the first inning — Kenny Perez ended an inning with a diving play made from his rear in the sixth and starting pitcher David Gassner (pictured) stopped a hot shot with his bare pitching hand for an out in the fourth. And the Revs added just enough timely hitting to win for the fourth time in five games.

Tyler Von Schell was a star once again, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI and Keoni De Renne went 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot and provided a big insurance run with an RBI single in the eighth. York will go for the sweep against the Ducks (5-3) on Sunday with Wayne Franklin on the hill.

“Right now, the way this team is, they’re playing great defense,” manager Chris Hoiles said. “I know we had four errors last night but they came back tonight and put on a show pretty much. It was fun to watch.”

York opened the game with a scary moment in the outfield. Travis Ezi and Matt Esquivel collided in right field — a play that left Ezi on the ground for several minutes. Fortunately, Ezi only had the wind knocked out of him and avoided any head trauma. The Baltimore native said he was OK after the game.

Gassner, starting for the first time in a Revs’ uniform, was efficient from the start. He only faced one batter over the minimum in his five innings while picking up one strikeout.

“He moved the ball around pretty good and kept them off balance,” Hoiles said. “They hit the ball halfway decent, but he did a good job of pitching around trouble. I thought he threw a great game and he did exactly what we needed.”

Dryer’s hit in the eighth was his first of the game and the slugger was 1-for-10 on York’s homestand coming into the game. Dryer said he’s had a difficult time playing primarily as the designated hitter, which keeps him on the bench inactive in between innings.

“I was kind of struggling a little bit today and it felt good to get a big hit for our team and help us get the win,” Dryer said. “I didn’t get a hit the whole time in spring training last year and I had like 10 RBIs after the first series. This year, I did fine in Florida and I’m off to a slow start now. I’ve been playing for a long time, so it will come.”

The Revs bullpen was touched up for the first time in quite awhile Saturday night, with Nick McCurdy giving up two runs and the lead in the seventh. But McCurdy was able to hold the game at 2-2, and Jason Olson pitched two scoreless innings following him to pick up the win.

Franklin will go for his second straight win Sunday and he’ll face Ducks’ starter Jon Searles.

Notes: Luis Taveras threw Brent Abernathy out on a steal attempt in the eighth. The caught stealing was followed by two hits and Taveras likely saved at least a run… Dave Veres made his first appearance since the series in Camden and pitched a scoreless sixth inning… Jason Aspito doubled off the Arch Nemesis in left to extend his hitting streak to five games… A certain reporter managed to avoid any spaghetti sauce on his white shirt in the press box, saving embarrassment.


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2ND: Matt Esquivel infield single to the shortstop; Tyler Von Schell RBI double into the left field corner (1-0 York); Matt Dryer strikes out swinging; (Wild pitch advances Von Schell to third) Jason Aspito pops out to shallow center field; Kenny Perez walks; Luis Taveras grounds out to shortstop.

5TH: Keoni De Renne bloops double into right center; Travis Ezi sacrifice bunt; Matt Padgett blasts RBI single past drawn in infield (2-0 York); Matt Esquivel grounds into a 4-6-3 double play.

7TH: P.J. Rose single; Carl Everett singles, Rose to second; Ray Navarett single, Rose to third, Everett to second; Dominick Ambrosini flies out to left; Damian Rolls RBI groundout to first, Rose scores (2-1 York); Jamie Pogue swinging bunt RBI single to third, Everett scores (2-2); Donaldo Mendez strikes out swinging.

8TH: Tyler Von Schell doubles to right center; Matt Dryer RBI single off the wall in left, Von Schell scores (3-2 York); Jason Aspito fly ball to right dropped by Estee Harris, Dryer to second; Kenny Perez strikes out looking; Luis Taveras pops out to first in foul territory; Keoni De Renne singles to right field, Dryer scores, De Renne to second and Aspito to third on the throw (4-2 York); Kaz Tanaka grounds out to shortstop.

*Randy Flaum photo.

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8 Responses

  1. Ezi actually collided with Jason Aspito. Aspito started in right field & Esquivel in left but they switched several times during the game.

  2. I could be wrong, but I still think it was Esquivel he collided with. Aspito had the outfield assist from shallow left in the first that gunned down Jamal Strong at the plate.

    Esquivel then moved to center, with Aspito in right and Kaz Tanaka taking over in left midway through the game. That’s when Chris Hoiles decided to sit Ezi as a precaution.

  3. It was Esquivel that ran into Ezi. We were sitting on the outfield benches right next to the Nemisis and Aspito was right in front of us at that time. When he nailed the runner at the plate, it was from left field. Esquivel never played left last night, just center and right.

    Matt Padgett made a great diving play at third (can’t remember which inning, middle of the game) as another example of the Rev’s terrific defense last night. I was getting down a bit on his defense at third in post I made on Friday, I guess he shut me up.

    Gassner looks like a good pickup for the Revs. I would imagine that they’ll try seperate him and Franklin in the rotation at some point so both of York’s lefties aren’t always pitching consecutive games.

    McCurdy had some hard luck in the seventh. Von Schell mishandled what could have been an inning ending double-play ball. It’s questionable whether they would have been able to turn it or not, but with the bobble they didn’t even get a chance to try. The infield single that inning was pretty unfortunate, too.

  4. Oops…you beat me to it on the outfield alignment.

  5. The ball Padgett made his “dive” for seemed to be more of an instance where a guy with not-so-great range dives at a ball that a better fielder would have gotten to rather easily. I was accused of this in my days as a third baseman in Babe Ruth ball.

    But you can’t complain with his results so far. Padgett hasn’t looked bad at third yet.

    Yet, I think Long Island and Southern Maryland have been approaching the Revs the wrong way. If you know a guy is out of position at third base, then why not bunt there every chance you get to test him? This is something Somerset exploits effectively every time it meets up with York. And guys like Jamal Strong and Donaldo Mendez, who aren’t exactly hitting .340, should try to use their speed a little better.

  6. Maybe I’m wrong but I swear Aspito & Esquival were switching back & forth. I was in section 4 and had a clear view every time they took the field…sometimes Aspito ran to left & sometimes to right….

  7. Aspito played right from about the 6th inning on. Esquivel moved to center, and Kaz played left.

  8. Okay I was wrong..Ezi collided with Esquival. Sorry!

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