Game 17: York 6, Newark 1

Just a couple weeks ago, Dave Gassner was in Taiwan with his first professional season overseas in front of him.

Then he started to miss his wife and 1-year-old daughter and got tired of life in another country. So before he even met his teammates — they were on the road at the time — Gassner was gone. It only took four days.

And the York Revolution are ever so grateful.

Gassner (pictured) is emerging as the Revolution’s best starting pitcher and he fired eight masterful innings of one-run ball in York’s 6-1 victory over Newark at Sovereign Bank Stadium Monday night. The former Minnesota Twin worked at a pace that could be described as the polar opposite of Steve Trachsel and he dominated the Bears without the benefit of a strikeout. Gassner also didn’t allow a walk.

The only blemish on Gassner’s line was a solo homer by Ramon Castro in the eighth inning. He also had his defense to thank for a strong outing. Jason Aspito added two more outfield assists — including one that caught Castro at home plate in the sixth — after Aspito and Matt Esquivel shifted spots in the outfield. Esquivel started in left and Aspito in right.

The Revs (7-10) got offensive contributions from Matt Dryer (2-for-3 with a solo homer), Tyler Von Schell (solo homer) and Sandy Aracena (2-for-3 with two runs) in the first game of a three-game set against the Bears (8-9). Matt Padgett also added an RBI double.

Player of the Game: Dave Gassner (York). It’s easy to see why scouts aren’t in love with Gassner. He doesn’t throw hard and doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but he’s always around the plate and is making life hell for Atlantic League hitters right now. He entered the game with a 1.50 ERA and lowered that number to 1.35. He made the start in place of Aaron Rakers so that manager Chris Hoiles could break up Gassner and fellow lefty Wayne Franklin in the starting rotation.

Quotable: “Strikes.” — Dave Gassner’s response when he was asked what he was throwing so effectively to Newark’s hitters.

Notes: Dryer is officially out of his funk. His solo homer came to right-center field and he’s also working plenty of walks. He also didn’t strike out in this one… Aspito’s second assist of the night came in the ninth inning with Dave Veres on the mound. Aspito (pictured) played an incredible one-hop right in front of the wall and gunned down Randall Simon at second base… Matt Sweeney (six innings, three earned runs, seven strikeouts) pitched decent for Newark but was saddled with the loss… Travis Ezi picked up two RBIs on a weak infield hit to second base in the eighth. Kenny Perez scored easily on the play, but Aracena motored around from second base to score a surprising run… Perez started at short and looked comfortable there with Keoni De Renne at second. Hoiles said his movement of De Renne to second and Esquivel to left is simply to take pressure off guys so they can concentrate on their performance at the plate… Don’t expect York to stand pat with its current roster. At least one move is in the works and could be complete toward the end of the week.

Newark — 000◊000◊010 — 1◊9◊0

York — 010◊011◊03X — 6◊10◊0

Prior to the Game: I had a conversation with York’s director of baseball operations, Adam Gladstone. He said although the Revs are hitting a league-worst .222 entering the series with Newark, he’s intrigued by one aspect of the club he’s constructed.

Its power.

Gladstone pointed out that every hitter in Tuesday’s lineup had at least one home run on the season. He also went on to say that he and manager Chris Hoiles have been encouraged by some early signs of improvement that were absent on last year’s club.

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2 Responses

  1. Speaking of great defense, Travis Ezi had two catches that really showed off his range factor. He saved what would have been a couple of doubles to deep center.

    We’re starting to see the power emerge from this offense. The homers from Von Schell and Dryer were no-doubt-about-it types. Padgett got victimized by the Arch Nemisis. That double he hit looked like it was less than a foot from the top of the wall. The Newark left fielder looked like he was surprised that it didn’t go out, that’s how close it was.

    Gassner might be a perfect guy for this league- He could conceivably dominate without getting picked up in the middle of the season. The lack of strikeouts and a great fastball could obscure the fact that he is a very good pitcher in the eyes of the superficial organizational scouts. Brian Adams with Somerset is a good example of this type of situation, too.

  2. I like the Brian Adams analogy. I’ll be interested to see how Gassner fares when he makes it through the Atlantic League a couple times. Will he be like Josh Stevens and start getting crushed? Or will he make adjustments to keep hitters guessing?

    Travis Ezi plays an amazing center field. No doubt about it.

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