Game 19: Newark 7, York 4

The longest nine-inning game in York Revolution history ended in disappointment for the Revs on Thursday afternoon.

Gerard Haran’s two-run single with two outs in the eighth inning broke a 4-4 tie and Newark added another run in the ninth to claim a 7-4 win at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The 3 hour, 55-minute affair was marred by poor situational hitting from the Revolution — York scored only one run in the sixth after loading the bases with no outs and left 11 on-base — and one unlucky defensive miscue.

Matt Trent (0-2) struck out pinch hitter Jose Herrera to start the eighth, but his pitch in the dirt got away from catcher Luis Taveras and that allowed Herrera to reach first. The play ended up costing the Revs big. Former Revolution infielder Vic Gutierrez followed with a sacrifice bunt, and Trent walked Brian Burgamy and Keith Reed to set up a bases loaded situation.

Jason Olson came on and got Atlantic League leading hitter Cory Aldridge to pop out to the catcher, but then Haran reached out on a pitch outside the strike zone on an 0-2 count for the eventual game-winning single. Olson’s pitch was 18 inches off the plate, according to him, and fell in right in front of Matt Esquivel in right field.

York (7-12) has now lost eight of 10 games and is 4-17 against Newark all-time. The Revs are only 2-10 against the Bears (10-9) all-time within the confines of Sovereign Bank Stadium.

Wayne Franklin started for York and pitched without his best stuff. He allowed two earned runs (four total), five walks and struck out four in 5 2/3 innings. Trent took the loss after giving up two earned in 1 2/3 innings. Cory Willey picked up his fourth win of the year for the Bears and Al Levine slammed the door in the ninth for his sixth save.

Player of the Game: Gerard Haran (Newark). Haran got the start in the 11 a.m. game and delivered the clutch hit that seems to be eluding the Revolution right now in the eighth. The pitch really wasn’t bad from Olson. It was just a solid job of taking what the pitcher gives you. Haran was also 3-for-4 in the game.

Quotable: “In a situation like that, you have to be patient. You have the guy (Edwin Almonte) on the ropes and I don’t think we were very patient. We had 3-4-5 (in the order coming up), and it seems like that’s come up a couple times here in the last few weeks and we just can’t come through.” — Revolution manager Chris Hoiles on the Revs’ botched rally in the sixth.

Notes: The baseball Gods made me pay for that joke about burning the press box. The first inning Thursday took 42 minutes and the first two innings took 1 hour, 14 minutes… Kevin Kotch (pictured) got his first start for York and delivered a double in the third. He came around to score on an error by Gutierrez, and was pulled for pinch hitter Matt Dryer in the seventh… Cruz made a sensational diving catch to save a run on a shot hit by Gutierrez in the fourth. Cruz was assigned two errors in the game on difficult plays… Trent did put out a big fire when he came on in the sixth. With runners in scoring position he got Cory Aldridge to ground out to second base… Kaz Tanaka also got the start today and hit a line drive off Newark’s Edwin Almonte in the sixth. Almonte was OK and stayed in the game, although Tanaka later came around to score… York scored its one run in the sixth on a swinging bunt by Tyler Von Schell. Matt Esquivel struck out with the bases loaded to end the threat… Somerset opened a 3 1/2 game lead in the Freedom Division with a 6-4 win over Lancaster. York will face the Barnstormers for three games at Sovereign Bank Stadium this weekend.

Newark — 200◊020◊021 — 7◊11◊3

York — 201◊001◊000 — 4◊7◊2

*Photos by Dispatch photographer Bill Kalina.

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7 Responses

  1. Too tired for a recap? Or still putting out the flames from the press box arson?

  2. Wow….I didn’t consider the possibility of a four hour game when I was looking for a recap at 4:30.

    You press guys deserve a rainout tomorrow.

  3. That little joke really came back to bite me.

  4. No rain, please. I’m not going to the game tomorrow and rain usually means one thing — a doubleheader. One Atlantic League game per day is just fine with me.

    I’ll attempt to have a series preview on the Lancaster series later tonight or early tomorrow.

  5. So I went to the game today..figured it’d be done by the time I had to work at 2..wrong! I ended up being an hour & a half late for work. Oh well!

  6. I commend you for staying at the game rather than leaving early. Do you have a boss? Or do you work for yourself?

    It would be awful to get fired and not even get to see a Revolution win.

  7. I have a boss..but I mentioned it to her a few days ahead of time just in case it went into extra innings or something. I’m lucky I have a nice boss..as long as the work gets done.

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