Game 16: Somerset 6, York 5

WSBA broadcaster Darrell Henry called it the “Road Trip from Hades.”

His words might have been too kind.

The York Revolution lost for the sixth time on its seven-game road trip Sunday afternoon when Somerset’s Josh Pressley (pictured) slammed a game-winning RBI single into left field in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Atlantic League leading hitter’s heroics gave the Patriots a 6-5 win at Commerce Bank Ballpark.

Gerardo Alvarez scored the winning run after a strange ninth inning. Jason Olson (1-1) struck out David Housel to start the frame and then allowed Alvarez a single to right field. Then with Brandon Larson at the plate, Alvarez took off for second base. A wild pitch from Olson allowed Alvarez to go from first to third on the play and it set the stage for Pressley’s game-winning hit after Larson took first when he was hit by a pitch.

York (6-10) jumped on top in the first inning on a two-run single from Matt Esquivel. After Somerset tied it in the bottom of the first, Keoni De Renne’s RBI groundout scored Kenny Perez and gave York the brief lead, 3-2. Then the Patriots came back with three runs thanks to Elliot Ayala’s two-run triple and Housel’s RBI triple.

The play of the game came in the sixth. Luis Taveras delivered a clutch two-run double to left that tied the game, 5-5, but Perez was gunned down at the plate to end the inning. Perez (pictured) — sent by third base coach Sam Snider after left fielder Matt Hagen fell down on the play — argued with home plate umpire Mark Facto, and the failed opportunity allowed Somerset to make it three wins in four games in the series in the ninth. The Patriots are 9-8 on the season.

Player of the Game: Josh Pressley (Somerset). After grounding into a double play in the first inning with runners on (a run did score), Pressley atoned for that twin killing with the huge hit in the ninth. He entered the game hitting .421, which was well ahead of Ray Navarette (.377) in the league batting race. Aamazingly, the Pats’ big bopper has not hit a homer yet. But he’s still finding a way to make a big impact.

Notes: Taveras was apparently hit in the mouth with a pitch early in the game and almost had to come out. Luckily, he stayed in there and delivered the clutch double to tie the game in the sixth… Corey Thurman started for the Revs and struggled again, although he avoided his fourth straight loss with a no decision. Thurman did pitch into the fifth and allowed five earned runs on six hits… Travis Phelps (pictured) had an excellent performance and held the game close for his 3 1/3 innings. He struck out five in that span while allowing a hit and a walk… The game-winning run allowed by Olson was the first run he had allowed all season… York is now 2 1/2 games back of the Patriots in the Freedom Division and sit in third place behind Newark… The Revs have an off-day Monday before opening a three-game series at Sovereign Bank Stadium with the Bears. If the pitching rotation remains the same, Aaron Rakers will make the start in Game 1… York dropped to 1-9 on the road this season… Matt Padgett and Taveras both had two hits in the loss.

York — 210◊002◊000 — 5◊7◊0

Somerset — 230◊000◊001 — 6◊10◊1

*Pressley photo courtesy of Somerset Patriots.

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One Response

  1. At least this one was close. I think everyone involved is glad that they’ll be home again on Tuesday.

    Phelps’ line is encouraging, particularly only giving up one walk in over three innings. It’s also good to see that Padgett is continuing to look decent.

    I’m surprised that Snider sent Perez on a close play. At all of the games that I’ve been to, he seems to be really conservative when it comes to sending guys on close plays.

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