Game 35: Somerset 7, York 5

If you thought the York Revolution’s late-inning meltdown against Somerset Friday night was tough to swallow, Saturday’s loss stung even more.

Despite a Sovereign Bank Stadium record five-run first inning, Somerset rallied. And rallied. And rallied some more to clinch a 7-5 win over the Revs in front of an announced crowd of 4.999. Somerset scored once in the fourth (Matt Hagen RBI single), twice in the fifth (Gera Alvarez two-run homer), twice in the seventh (Michael Ryan RBI single/Josh Pressley RBI fielder’s choice) and once in the eighth (Ryan’s RBI double) to complete the comeback. And all the while, York blew chances to add to its lead.

Pinch hitter Matt Padgett singled to start the seventh but after Keoni De Renne walked, Padgett was picked off at second base by catcher Travis Anderson. That made a Kenny Perez (pictured) double into the left-center gap a non-run scoring hit — third base coach Sam Snider conservatively held De Renne at third — and Matt Dryer and Chris Ashby grounded out to end the threat.

In the first, York sent nine men to the plate and the inning was highlighted by an RBI double from Ashby, a two-run single from Tyler Von Schell and run-scoring hits from Matt Esquivel and Sandy Aracena. But the Patriots picked away at the deficit to take the second game of a three-game set.

David Gil started for the Revs and surrendered three runs (two earned) in four-plus innings of work. He didn’t record an out in the fifth and was relieved by Matt Trent. Trent allowed two earned in two innings, and Jason Olson also allowed two — the go-ahead runs in the eighth.

The hard thing to believe in this one was Somerset starter Scott Wiggins only lasted 1/3 of an inning after being removed with a shoulder strain. But York couldn’t touch up his replacement. Reliever Josh Brey came on to pitch 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball to save the Patriots’ bullpen.

Player of the Game: Josh Brey (Somerset). The Patriots offense wouldn’t have had the opportunity for the comeback without Brey’s performance. He only allowed one walk and three hits while keeping the Revs off balance. Brey was pitching on two days rest after a three-inning spot start.

Notes: Enrique Cruz (pictured) hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the first — a play that seemed meaningless at the time. But it robbed York from truly exploding in the inning and the Revs never really threatened again… Travis Minnix pitched the ninth for the save after Somerset closer Bret Prinz had his contract purchased by the A’s… Dryer went 0-for-4 from the No. 3 spot after having three hits Friday… Ashby hit cleanup and went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He was also caught stealing once… Former Revolution pitcher Landon Jacobsen pitched the sixth and York loaded the bases off him with one out. Luckily, David Housel made a miraculous diving stop that started a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Pre-game notes: Neither Somerset or York has even meandered out of the locker rooms yet, but the Revs have already been the beneficiary of some good fortune Saturday evening. Somerset closer Bret Prinz had his contract purchased by the Oakland Athletics and was assigned to Triple-A. The lights out reliever had a league-best 13 saves and an incredible 0.56 ERA in the early part of the Atlantic League season. Many believed Prinz’s time in indy ball would be short and that certainly turned out to be true. Reigning Atlantic League Pitcher of the year Brian Adams has also been scratched from his scheduled start. Adams led the league with 15 wins last year before giving Taiwan a brief try at the start of this season. Scott Wiggins (0-1, 5.85 ERA) will take his place and will face Dave Gil (0-1, 15.00 ERA).

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