Game 13: Somerset 2, York 1

Once again, the York Revolution appeared to be on the way to solving its troubles on the road.

But for the seventh time this season, the Revs came up empty away from Sovereign Bank Stadium.

York held an early one-run lead after Matt Padgett delivered a clutch, two-out RBI single, but Somerset stormed back with two runs to take a 2-1 victory in the first game of a four-game series at Commerce Bank Park. Sean Smith, signed by the Patriots earlier this week, ripped an RBI single after Matt Hagen’s triple in the seventh to provide the game-winning hit.

York, now 5-8, once again had its chances and wasted an excellent start from David Gassner (pictured) (seven innings, two earned runs, five strikeouts). Travis Ezi led off the sixth with a triple, but the trio of Padgett, Matt Esquivel and Tyler Von Schell failed to bring him home with the Patriots’ infield drawn in. Ezi played for the first time since last Saturday, when he collided with outfielder Matt Esquivel.

Scott Wiggins started for Somerset (7-7) and threw six innings of one-run ball. Jason Richardson threw two scoreless while striking out four and Bret Prinz saved it in the ninth for his sixth save this season.

Jason Aspito cut down David Housel at the plate in the Somerset sixth on his third outfield assist of the young season. Aspito also extended his on-base streak to 11 games with a single. Sandy Aracena scored the lone run for the Revs after doubling to start the third inning.

York is now 1 1/2 games behind Somerset in the Freedom Division. It will return to Commerce Bank Friday night with Wayne Franklin (2-0) on the hill.

Player of the Game: Sean Smith (Somerset). Smith was forced into action due to the injuries to Jeff Duncan and Michael Ryan and he delivered the big hit in the seventh. This is what Somerset does. The Patriots get contributions from every player imaginable and year after year they are the best team in the league. It’s one reason why they are the only Atlantic League franchise with three titles.

Notes: Keoni De Renne committed another error, giving him six this season. The miscue didn’t cost York a run this time… Padgett (pictured) was 2-for-4 in his return to the No. 3 hole and he was the only Revolution hitter with two hits. The Revs only managed six hits as a team, two for extra bases… Jason Olson pitched the eighth for York in the stadium that he used to call home. Olson was a member of the Patriots before he ended up in the Angels’ organization… The theory that York needs a decent crowd to perform well fell flat on its face. 3,280 showed up on a school night for this one and York still struggled… Ezi and Matt Dryer both struck out twice… The Atlantic League’s top hitter, Josh Pressley, went 3-for-4 and Brandon Larson plated the first Somerset run on an RBI single.

York — 001◊000◊000 — 1◊6◊1

Somerset — 000◊001◊10X — 2◊9◊1

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2 Responses

  1. Hoiles should think about giving Aspito a bump up in the lineup at this point. He’s consistently getting hits, and no one else is doing that. He doesn’t deserve to be hitting seventh with the way things are going.

    It’s no surprise that Padgett is coming around. He seemed to have good control of the strike zone this year, despite his batting average.

    The Revs have so many guys who have been run producers in their careers. This lack of runs is baffling.

  2. York does have a ton of proven run producers, but do they have the guys to set the table for them? I don’t know if they do.

    The most important guy to this team is Keoni De Renne and he is not hitting right now. He is a streakier player than most people realize.

    It will be really interesting to see if York stands pat with this lineup or tries to add another bat. Certainly the guys they have are talented. But do they work well together? Through 13 games, the answer is, “No.”

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