Game 63: York 6, Long Island 3

On one side of the field, 15 former major leaguers and a number of other big name players filed off the field stunned. They wondered exactly how another lead, another game and another series got away from them.

Yet, on the other side of the diamond, a team with an odd mix of talent congratulated each other. A 15-year minor league veteran (Chris Ashby) who is now entrenched as a clutch No. 3 hitter, a right fielder (Sam Rosario) who was hitting .263 in the Can-Am League a couple weeks ago and a starting pitcher (Aaron Myette) who hadn’t pitched professionally in nearly two years before this spring all celebrated another win.

No, the York Revolution can’t match the big-money machine Long Island Ducks — in name recognition, paycheck girth or steroid allegations. But York proved once again Sunday afternoon that a successful ballclub is not made with dollars alone.

York rallied back from a three-run, first-inning deficit and capped a sweep of Long Island with a 6-3 win at Sovereign Bank Stadium — a victory that helped York (27-36) improve to 6-0 against the Ducks (28-35) at home and 8-2 overall. The win came before an announced crowd of 4,481 and also gave the Revs — winners of seven out of nine games — a share of third place in the Freedom Division with Route 30 rival Lancaster.

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Franklin released by Tijuana

According to the Mexican League transaction page, Wayne Franklin has been released by Tijuana after only three starts.

The former major leaguer went 0-2 with a 9.20 ERA in three outings and his latest start only lasted 3 2/3 innings and included six earned runs. Overall, Franklin allowed 15 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings pitched. So his release comes as no surprise.

Now, the question is simple: Will Franklin return to the York Revolution? Judging by what Adam Gladstone, the Revs’ director of baseball operations, said when Franklin went to Mexico, the Revs are certainly open to the idea of re-acquiring him. And with the recent departure of Heath Totten to the Los Angeles Dodgers, York could certainly use another starter. Franklin could slide into the fifth spot in the rotation, allowing Aaron Rakers to finally return to his natural bullpen role.

But with the way York’s starting rotation has been dealing lately, does Franklin even deserve a spot in the rotation? That’s debatable. But at least we know York has the room on its current roster to bring him back. The Revs currently have 24 players on the active roster — thanks to the separate trades of Tyler Von Schell and Kevin Kotch — so they would not have to release anyone (assuming Travis Phelps stays on the disabled list) to make room for Franklin.

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Game 62: York 8, Long Island 7

The fans who braved about an hour-long rain delay in the eighth inning of Saturday night’s game were definitely rewarded for sticking it out.

Sandy Aracena singled in pinch runner Kaz Tanaka in the bottom of the ninth inning at Sovereign Bank Stadium, giving York a thrilling 8-7 win in front of a small portion of the 5,309 fans that were in attendance at first pitch. The come-from-behind win was York’s second ninth-inning win in less than a week. The Revs also rallied in the ninth to beat Bridgeport 8-5 Thursday. Before that contest in Bridgeport, York was 0-28 when trailing after eight innings.

York faced a 7-2 deficit in this game but battled back by scoring three in the seventh, two in the eighth and of course, the game-winner in the ninth. But the thrilling theater would not have been possible if not for reliever Dan Foli. Foli came in after the rain delay in the eighth and got out of a bases loaded, no out situation to put the Revs in position for the win. Foli (2-2) was credited with his second win of the year in relief.

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Former Rev Ezi suspended

According to Rich Elliott of the Connecticut Post, former York Revolution outfielder Travis Ezi has been suspended for three games following a confrontation with umpire Mark Facto.

In Elliot’s report, he writes that Ezi slammed his helmet to the ground in the eighth inning Thursday in an 8-5 loss to York and Facto immediately told him he would be fined for throwing equipment. That led to a verbal altercation between the two men and Ezi ultimately had to be held back by Bridgeport manager Tommy John.

Ezi, who York has given up on twice in the last two seasons (once on assignment to the Road Warriors; another time he was traded to Bridgeport), seemed apologetic after the incident with Facto. He plans to apologize to the veteran umpire, although that was not mandated in his suspension by Atlantic League executive director Joe Klein.

“If he said it or not I’m still going to apologize to him because I was in the wrong,” Ezi told Elliott. “I understand that. I let my anger get to me. I shouldn’t have done that, and what I told him was wrong so I’m going to go ahead and apologize anyway.”

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Game 61: York 6, Long Island 2

After Matt Dryer’s father recently broke his hip and needed two separate operations, Dryer raced home to Rochester, N.Y. to be with his ailing father.

Luckily, his dad came out of both surgeries OK — one alleviated a life-threatening blood clot. But it’s safe to say Dryer wanted to made his presence felt in his first game back for dear ‘ol dad.

And that’s exactly what he did in his return to the York Revolution lineup Friday night.

The University of Miami product went 3-for-4 and scored two runs in the Revs’ 6-2 win over Long Island at Sovereign Bank Stadium and York started a stretch of eight out of 10 games at home with authority. The Revolution collected 14 hits and got a tremendous effort from the bullpen to improve to 6-2 against the Ducks this year and 4-0 against Long Island at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

Corey Thurman was denied his fifth consecutive win but battled through 4 1/3 innings (two earned runs, seven hits) and put York in position to win. Dan Foli came on for Thurman in the fifth and escaped a bases-loaded jam without allowing a run and then pitched another scoreless frame in the sixth for the victory. Foli has now stranded 12 of 16 inherited baserunners this season, which is an incredible statistic.

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Will Redman ever see the majors again?

Editor’s Note: The Revolution welcome Long Island to town for a three-game series at Sovereign Bank Stadium starting Friday night. Notes on Series 19 appear below.

It has almost been a full year since Tike Redman reminded us just how special the Atlantic League can be.

We all know the story. The former York Revolution outfielder played seven games with York, tore the cover off the ball against Atlantic League pitching, and was quickly scooped up by the Orioles. He then put in a solid stint at Triple-A Norfolk and found himself prowling the outfield at Camden Yards and facing the likes of Boston’s Dice-K Matsuzaka.

It was a magicaly story. But here’s the real question: Will Redman ever get the chance to repeat it?

Redman (.274, 17 RBIs, 34 runs and six steals in 61 games for Norfolk entering Thursday) seemed like a lock to be a part of the O’s opening-day roster this spring, but that was before trades brought in Adam Jones and Luke Scott. Both players have performed admirably (Scott: .276, 12 homers, 30 RBIs; Jones: .260, 4 homers, 27 RBIs) and you can’t even consider Redman in the handful of Triple-A guys who might get called up later this summer. Luis Terrero (.276, 6 homers, 51 RBIs) is probably a better outfield option in the Orioles’ mind and utility men Scott Moore and Brandon Fahey offer the Birds more flexibility.

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Game 60: York 8, Bridgeport 5

The York Revolution capped an eight-game road trip with its most dramatic win of the season Thursday night at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

Trailing by a run entering the ninth inning, a costly Bridgeport error led to Matt Padgett’s jam-shot RBI single up the middle that tied the game and then Matt Esquivel (pictured) delivered a towering three-run homer that gave York a stunning 8-5 win over Bridgeport. York was 0-28 this season when trailing after eight innings and 3-12 at Bridgeport all-time entering the night, but none of those marks were relevant on a night like this.

In the ninth, Kennard Jones (3-for-5) reached on an infield single with one out and after a Keoni De Renne flyout, Chris Ashby’s hot shot to third base was misplayed by third baseman Luis Lopez. That allowed Padgett’s heroic hit to tie the game, 5-5, and Esquivel’s fifth home run off Bridgeport closer Eddie Ramos helped York (24-36) come all the way back from a 4-0 deficit before the announced crowd of 3,459.

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