Game 34: Somerset 9, York 7

The stage was set for a grand start to a six-game homestand at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

The York Revolution’s offense showed up. The team battled against a perennial power (Somerset) throughout the ballgame. And a lead was turned over to the bullpen in the late innings — a unit that has been one of the Revs’ strengths all year.

It wasn’t meant to be.

Somerset scored a run in the ninth inning on Brandon Larson’s RBI single to tie the game and Jason Belcher’s two-run single propelled Somerset to a 9-7 win. York’s Matt Dryer led off the bottom of the ninth with an opposite-field single off closer Bret Prinz, but Matt Padgett followed with a fly out, Tyler Von Schell struck out and Luis Taveras grounded out to second base to end it.

York pounded out 15 hits in the game and stayed hot after a nice offensive series against Southern Maryland. In the third, York scored four runs — the inning was highlighted by Jake Daubert’s sacrifice fly, Jason Aspito’s RBI single and Dryer’s RBI double. And Keoni De Renne (pictured) then added a two-run homer in the fourth. Von Schell’s RBI single in the seventh gave York a 7-6 lead.

But Somerset would battle back — as it always seems to do — against the Revs’ bullpen. Dan Foli was on in the ninth for the save but was the victim of a couple of tough plays from the infield. Then Nick McCurdy came on and was forced to walk the bases loaded before Belcher’s single clinched the win for the Patriots (20-13).

Wayne Franklin started for the Revs (11-23) and despite an amazing ERA at home (1.99) coming into the night, he was very hittable. Franklin has not won in four straight starts and allowed five earned runs in four innings. Aaron Rakers came on for 3 2/3 innings out of the bullpen and only gave up a solo homer to Larson. But he was denied his second win in a week out of the pen after the bullpen’s late implosion.

Franks Brooks (4-2) got the win for Somerset and Prinz picked up his league-leading 13th save. The Revs will turn to David Gil Saturday night against Scott Wiggins.

Player of the Game: Jason Belcher (Somerset). As I mentioned in the series preview, Somerset is a team you just can’t sleep on. The Patriots always battle back and Belcher was just the latest man to give the three-time league champions a win. His two-run single in the ninth gave Nick McCurdy his first loss of the year.

Notes: De Renne had a breakout game, going 4-for-5 out of the leadoff spot with two runs and two RBIs. He also played shortstop… Kenny Perez hit second, played second base and was 1-for-5 with a run after receiving Thursday night off… Daubert hit third and was 0-for-4 with the sac fly… Dryer (pictured) and Aspito both had three hits… Brooks was almost as brilliant as Rakers in relief for the Patriots. He pitched three innings of one-run ball to pick up the win… Somerset starter Brian Reith allowed 10 hits and six earned runs in five innings… Larson was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and has been one of the most consistent offensive players in the Atlantic League this season… Vito Chiaravolloti and Matt Hagen also homered for Somerset.

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