Game 22: York 5, Lancaster 4

Before the start of Sunday’s rain-delayed game at Sovereign Bank Stadium, manager Chris Hoiles encouraged his hitters to be patient and to piece together good at-bats.

Kenny Perez took his skipper’s words to heart.

Perez (show here with Enrique Cruz) came up with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and delivered a walkoff, two-run double off the wall in right center to propel the Revs to a 5-4 victory over Lancaster. Perez was nearly rung up on a called third strike and also shattered a bat in the battle against Lancaster closer Sendy Rleal. But he emerged with the big hit York has been searching for lately.

The score was tied 3-3 before Ian Bladergroen (4-for-5, two RBIs) plated Danny Gonzalez on a single in the ninth inning. But the one-run lead didn’t last long for the Barnstormers (8-14). After Matt Dryer struck out to start the ninth, Matt Esquivel got a gift triple on a ball right fielder Mike Woods and center fielder Jarred Ball lost in the sun. Then after Luis Taveras struck out with the infield drawn in, pinch hitter Kevin Kotch worked a solid walk, Keoni De Renne did the same and then Perez delivered.

Dave Gassner (seven innings, three earned runs) gave York (8-14) another quality outing and helped the Revs avoid a sweep in the first installment of the Route 30 rivalry. Ricardo Gomez was equally efficient for the Barnstormers, allowing three earned in six innings.

Rleal (0-2) blew his second save in his brief time with Lancaster. He also blew a game against Somerset earlier in the week. Luis Taveras provided York’s first three runs of the game on a mammoth three-run homer in the bottom of the second.

Player of the Game: Kenny Perez (York). Perez hit two line drives to center field earlier in the game that were frozen ropes. Unfortunately, they were right at center fielder Jarred Ball. The shortstop came up in the ninth with a .177 batting average and 0-for-4 on the day, but hopefully this is the end of his slump. Perez said he hit a hanging curve ball for the winning hit that Rleal intended to place on the inner part of the plate.

Quotable: “Chris said have good at-bats and don’t get out of your element. I took those words to heart and even though I didn’t get anything my first four at-bats, I had good at-bats. Going into that last at-bat, I felt confident.” — Kenny Perez 

 

Notes: The walkoff heroics bailed out what could have been another humiliating loss. York had a runner on third base with one out in the fourth but Dryer and Esquivel (pictured) both struck out… Vasili Spanos was hit on the hand attempting a bunt in the eighth and after the umpires looked ready to award Spanos first base, the crew called the pitch a foul ball. Spanos couldn’t continue the at-bat and Mike Woods struck out on the very next pitch… Jason Olson got off the hook with Perez’s heroics. He allowed the go-ahead run in the ninth… Bladergroen owns just about everybody right now. He hit his league-leading sixth homer way out to right in the second. Spanos also hit a solo shot after Bladergroen’s bomb… Chris Hoiles’ cell phone was ringing off the hook after Sunday’s win. Hopefully, the next couple weeks will be better times for the Revs’ skipper.

Lancaster — 020◊000◊101 — 4◊10◊0

York — 030◊000◊002 — 5◊7◊3

2ND: Ian Bladergroen and Vasili Spanos hit back-to-back solo homers (2-0 Lancaster).

BOTTOM: Luis Taveras jacks three-run homer to left-center field, Matt Dryer and Matt Esquivel score (3-2 York).

7TH: Brian Stavisky sacrifice fly to center scores Juan Francia (3-3).

9TH: Ian Bladergroen slaps RBI single up the middle, Danny Gonzalez scores (4-3 Lancaster).

BOTTOM: Kenny Perez hits walkoff double off the wall in right, Matt Esquivel and Travis Ezi score.

*Perez photo by Bill Kalina.

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4 Responses

  1. One game does not a season make, but it is always good to beat Lancaster. I can only imagine how worse off the Revs would be without Gassner. He’s easily the team MVP so far this season. I guess it’s now on the road again. See you in Newark!

  2. It’s amazing to think of all the things that had to happen for York to win this game. The ball Jarred Ball and Mike Woods couldn’t track down on Esquivel’s fly ball, the marathon at-bat to Kotch, De Renne’s walk. Plus, Perez’s at-bat that featured a shatterd bat, a foul ball that barely made it into the stands and a pitch that appeared to be strike three.

    That’s like a week worth of good luck in one inning.

  3. Seems to me, if only for a day, that whatever Hoiles told his guys behind closed doors sank in.

    Most importantly today, the team got behind and didn’t quit. They battled well at the plate, and it looked at least to me like they had a bit more urgency in their step.

    For instance…

    Bottom second after getting in an early 2-0 hole in the top of the inning, Lancaster retired the first two Revs no problem.

    Dryer slaps a deep grounder to short and really hustles down the line and beats the throw. Of course then Esquivel walks and Taveras brings them all home.

    Too often, especially with two outs and trailing, the tendency hasn’t been to run out the “in between” grounders. By “in between” I mean the ones where the hitter thinks he has about a 40/60 chance of beating it out. Obviously, the ones that will only be earned with that extra bit of effort.

    I know that moment was early in the game and it will easily be overlooked. But I also think that coming with two outs and with the way things have been going for the team, it still means something.

    If anything it’s something to emulate in an effort to get things turned around.

    And you’re right, they did have their fair share of luck today as well. But sometimes, especially when mired in season-high losing streaks, it’s better to be lucky than good.

  4. Shockingly, Matt “Wheels” Dryer leads the team with four infield hits this year.

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