Game 9: York 3, Long Island 0

The York Revolution keep finding ways to win.

Friday, the offense came to life — scoring 11 runs in an 11-4 win. Saturday night, the defense delivered. York had a number of web gem-worthy plays in the field. And Sunday, it was the pitching.

Wayne Franklin tossed six shutout innings — extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 11 — and Matt Trent and Reid Price combined to close the door at the end in a 3-0 win at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Franklin continued his dominance of the Ducks (5-4). The lefty is now 3-0 against Long Island in his brief Atlantic League career, including an eight-inning shutout at Citibank Park in last season’s finale.

York (5-4) completed the three-game sweep over Long Island, finished its homestand with wins in five of six games and climbed into sole possession of the Freedom Division lead. Newark lost a 6-5 nail biter to Camden.

The Revs got all the scoring they needed after Kevin Haverbusch dropped a routine fly ball in the second inning. Enrique Cruz hit the ball high into the sun and Matt Dryer scored on the play, giving York a 1-0 lead. Then Keoni De Renne followed two batters later with a two-run single. That provided all the scoring York needed.

The Revolution offense only managed one hit after the second inning — a Matt Esquivel single in the fifth — and finished with four hits. Long Island also had four hits and Jon Searles (1-1) was the tough-luck loser for the Ducks despite throwing a decent game.

Player of the Game: Wayne Franklin (York). Franklin was once again solid and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam for the second straight start. He fanned Estee Harris with the bases juiced in the third to keep the Ducks off the board. Jamal Strong reached third in the fifth, but that was the closest anyone came to scoring against Franklin the rest of the way. The last two outings prove why it would have been absurd to have Franklin in the bullpen. He knows how to pitch and could be York’s best starter this year.

Quotable: “I think this series is evidence of how we can play. Our defense is phenomenal and we’re going to tack on some runs too.” — Wayne Franklin on York’s success during its homestand.

Notes: Matt Trent pitched two scoreless innings in the game without allowing a run. He’s pitched 7 1/3 innings this year without letting a runner score… It was Bark in the Park day at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Jake the Diamond Dog provided entertainment for the fans, serving as bat dog and catching frisbees in the outfield… Jason Aspito’s five-game hitting streak came to an end via an 0-for-3 day… York now embarks on a seven-game road trip. The Revs will face Bridgeport for three games followed by Somerset in a four-game set… Pete Munro is getting better every day, according to manager Chris Hoiles. Hoiles said he hopes Munro can make it into a game within the next week, although he’ll probably start in the bullpen… Hoiles said Aaron Myette, Corey Thurman and Aaron Rakers will take the hill for York in the Bridgeport series.

Long Island — 000◊000◊000 — 0◊4◊1

York Revolution — 030◊000◊00X — 3◊4◊0

3RD: Matt Dryer walks; Jason Aspito strikes out swinging; Sandy Aracena singles to left field, Dryer to second; Enrique Cruz’s fly ball to right field is dropped by Kevin Haverbusch, Dryer scores, Aracena to second (1-0 York); Kaz Tanaka reaches on 4-6 fielder’s choice, Cruz out at second; (Tanaka steals second base) Keoni De Renne two-run single scores Aracena and Tanaka (3-0 York); Kenny Perez flies out to left.

*Photos by Dispatch photographer John Pavoncello.

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7 Responses

  1. Is Kaz in for Ezi?

    Is Ezi still hurting from last night?

  2. I am not surprised they’re giving Ezi the day off. It’s just as a precaution and I would expect him back in the lineup this week.

    Esquivel is in center, Aspito in right and Tanaka in left. Tanaka was just picked off on the bases but does have a steal.

  3. I guess Hoiles must like what he sees from Esquivel defensively to start him in centerfield over Kaz.

    If I remember correctly, there was a game earlier in the season when Kaz started in center, with Esquivel in right, and Aspito in left.

  4. I like the move. Kaz’s speed is overrated and his arm makes him a serious liability in center.

    Esquivel said in the Braves’ organization every outfielder is taught to play all three positions, so he’s comfortable there.

  5. This team doesn’t need a lot of hits to win, I guess.

  6. When we went through the autograph line my friend asked Ezi if he was okay and he said not really. But I think he’s just a little sore.

  7. He looked glazed over after the game last night. But considering he was out and about at the game today, you have to think it won’t be too long before he’s back in the lineup.

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