Game 10: Bridgeport 7, York 2

The bullpen failed York Revolution manager Chris Hoiles for the first time Monday night and York’s struggles continued on the road. The Revs dropped a 7-2 decision to the Bluefish at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Ct. for their fourth straight loss away from Sovereign Bank Stadium.

The big inning was the seventh. The game was tied 2-2 with Bridgeport coming to bat and Travis Phelps on the mound. Brian Munhall managed a walk, then Henry Mateo singled and Jesse Hoorelbeke walked to load the bases. Calvin Pickering then came up and launched a grand slam into the bleachers in right field that proved to be the difference. Phelps (0-1) took the loss and coughed up the same number of runs (four) in one frame that the Revs’ bullpen had allowed in its last 30 2/3 innings.

Jason Aspito (pictured) provided all the offense for York (5-5) with a two-run triple in the sixth. The Revolution lineup was once again cold, only managing five hits in the game. Eric DuBose pitched six innings for the Bluefish (5-5) while allowing two earned and Matt Pike and Chris Eickhorst finished things up with three combined innings of flawless work. Pike got the win.

Aaron Myette started for the Revs and went six innings while allowing two unearned runs. He is quickly emerging as York’s ace and deserved better in this one. Tyler Von Schell once again came through with two hits for the Revs.

York managed to stay in first place in the Freedom Division thanks to Newark’s 11-5 loss to Southern Maryland. The Revs are a half-game ahead of Somerset (5-6), which beat Long Island, 3-1.

Player of the Game: Calvin Pickering (Bridgeport). Pickering delivered the grand slam that broke a 2-2 tie and also managed another hit in this one. If he continues to get big hits like this, that will do wonders for 2007 Atlantic League Player of the Year Jesse Hoorelbeke, who is hitting in front of Pickering.

Notes: York committed two more errors in this one and Aspito made his third miscue in the field of the year. Along with some stellar plays, he’s also made some bad ones… Matt Dryer, Keoni De Renne, Kenny Perez and Enrique Cruz all went 0-for-3… Kevin Kotch (pictured) got an at-bat and according to the box score he came in to play second base. The emergency catcher is proving more versatile in the field than originally anticipated… Reid Price gave up one run in the ninth pitching for the second day in a row… Kenny Perez stole his first base of the year… Bridgeport only had 527 fans in attendance Monday night.

York — 000◊002◊000 — 2◊5◊2

Bridgeport — 101◊000◊41X — 7◊8◊1


3 Responses

  1. The Howe Sports Data website boxscore has Kotch hitting for Cruz, but doesn’t list him at second base.

    I turned the game off after the Pickering slam, a rally didn’t seem too likely with the bats being as cold as they are.

    From what I heard on the broadcast, it doesn’t sound like Phelps was too thrilled with the umpire. He thought he had a couple of inning-ending K’s before giving up the slam, but the umpire wasn’t giving him what he thought were strikes.

    Von Schell has been great so far, although he is not what we anticipated. From his career numbers, I know I was expecting a Dave Kingman-esque stat line: strikeout or homer with basically every at-bat. He’s been more of high average hitting, doubles, kind of guy so far.

  2. I just want to say Jason Aspito is incredible! That man could easily be in the majors right now. I love watching him play

  3. Kind of amazing that he was released by Edmonton of the Northern League last year. He’s been on fire since coming to the Atlantic League.

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