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Game 12: Bridgeport 8, York 6

First, the good news.

Matt Padgett and Matt Dryer finally made an offensive contribution Wednesday night. Dryer scorched two hits — including a monster solo homer — and Padgett launched a three-run bomb that gave the York Revolution a brief lead.

Now, the bad news.

York suffered maybe one of the most excruciating losses in its history at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, dropping an 8-6 decision after an incredible series of events unfolded in the eighth inning. Relief pitcher Jason Olson (pictured) retired a batter but was then tossed from the game by home plate umpire Edwin Ortiz for arguing balls and strikes. Then the floodgates opened.

Bridgeport scored five unearned runs with Matt Trent on the mound thanks to four errors committed by the Revs in the inning. Matt Esquivel dropped a line drive and Keoni De Renne was charged with three miscues.

The Revolution (5-7) battled back with two in the ninth, but De Renne grounded out with the tying runs on base to end the game. Needless to say, this one stings. York dropped to 0-6 on the road, 2-10 all-time at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard and now has four road games against the always-tough Somerset Patriots coming up.

Aaron Rakers started for the Revs and pitched well in only his fourth career start. Rakers went six innings and scattered seven hits while giving up three earned runs. Rafael Bergstrom started for the Bluefish (7-5) and pitched effectively, only giving up three earned. Chris Eickhorst picked up the win thanks to the crazy mess in the eighth inning.

Player of the Game: Luis Lopez (Bridgeport). I’d like to give this award to Edwin Ortiz, but obviously he’s not a player. Ortiz called an incredibly tight strike zone and he ejected Olson — a pitcher on fire lately — basically because he was fed up with pitchers complaining. Of course, there are a ton of “What ifs?” involved here. But chances are if Olson stays in the game, the Revs don’t lose this one. Lopez, the former Revolution infielder, went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Notes: Padgett dropped down to the seventh spot in the order and delivered his first homer of the year. Dryer hit right in front of him in the No. 6 spot and also worked two walks, a good sign his hitting funk is behind him… This was the second time in Olson’s Revolution career that he was ejected… Tyler Von Schell batted cleanup with Esquivel moving back to the No. 3 hole for the first time since opening night in Camden… According to WSBA broadcaster Darrell Henry’s call tonight, a couple of the errors on De Renne were very tough calls. Nonetheless, De Renne has five errors already this season… Henry Mateo went 3-for-4 for the Bluefish… Jason Aspito had another great night at the plate with two doubles in four official at-bats… David Gassner (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will likely start the first game in Somerset Thursday night. It will be his second start in a York uniform.


2 Responses

  1. I’m wondering if there is Hoiles might be thinking about switching DeRenne and Perez defensively, particularly if DeRenne’s errors were on throws. From everything that I’ve seen, Perez has been terrific in the field at second and third. I would imagine that he could play a decent shortstop, as well.

  2. I have my doubts about De Renne’s ability to play short over a full season, although he makes some really spectacular plays. But that’s the problem. Sometimes he makes the flashy play but not the routine one.

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