Game 18: Newark 2, York 0

In the 400th appearance of his professional career, Aaron Rakers was nothing short of magnificent on the mound for the York Revolution.

But Patrick Stanley was just a little bit better.

Stanley pitched seven innings of shutout ball in Newark’s 2-0 win at Sovereign Bank Stadium Wednesday night. Stanley had thoracic outlet syndrome last season — an ailment that cut off the blood flowing to his pitching hand — so he had part of the first rib near his collar bone removed. Sound painful? Well, the procedure saved Stanley’s career. And he looked pretty good for a pitcher that spent last season with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League.

Rakers (1-2) allowed two earned runs in a career-high eight innings and his only bout of real trouble came in the second. Cory Aldridge tripled to lead off the inning and came around on Randall Simon’s sacrifice fly. Then Val Majewski scored on John Pachot’s broken bat RBI single. The scoring outburst gave the Bears (9-9) all the runs they needed.

York (7-11) only advanced one runner (Matt Dryer) past first base in this one and didn’t look good at the plate. The team is hitting .224 overall and pretty much everyone appears to be trying to do too much. Keoni De Renne is 6-for-37 (.162) in his last 10 games and his success is paramount to the Revolution’s chances this year. The team really needs De Renne — who also committed two more errors at second base — to get things going.

Player of the Game: Patrick Stanley (Newark). Stanley didn’t know what teams would be interested in him after his surgery last season, but Newark is looking smart for giving him a shot. He didn’t overpower anyone but York didn’t hit many balls on the screws and only managed four hits. Stanley’s scar from where they removed part of his rib is about four inches wide but looks really cool. If you’re into that sort of thing.

Quotable: “I went to a vascular surgeon and he did one test and knew what the problem was. Every time I lifted my arm I was getting no blood to my hand. Even that day I had the procedure, my hand felt a lot stronger.” — Patrick Stanley on his surgery last season.

Notes: De Renne (pictured) has eight errors in 18 games this season and he looks discouraged, to put it mildly. He didn’t run hard on a 3-6-3 double play in the eighth inning, which is out of character for the guy York usually depends on for its energy… Jason Aspito might want to consider inserting the words “Gold Glove Outfielder” in front of his name tag at his locker. Aspito made two more diving catches in this one — the latter delivering Rakers from the eighth inning… Sandy Aracena and third baseman Matt Padgett collided on a pop up right in front of the pitcher’s mound in the fifth. Rakers had a play on the ball but appeared to lose it in the lights. Luckily, the miscue was followed by a swinging bunt by Aldridge and a strikeout from Keith Reed… Al Levine pitched a perfect ninth for Newark to pick up his fifth save… The rubber match of the series will be played Thursday at 11:07 a.m. for Baseball in Education Day. Local sports reporters might burn down the press box during the seventh-inning stretch. At least that’s what I’m hearing.

Newark — 020◊000◊000 — 2◊6◊0

York — 000◊000◊000 — 0◊5◊2

*Rakers photo by Dispatch photographer Bill Kalina.

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