Game 36: York 9, Somerset 5

For the second day in a row, the York Revolution jumped out to an early lead thanks to a monster first inning.

This time, though, the Revs managed to hold on to the advantage behind a great offensive performance and a solid outing from starter Corey Thurman.

Thurman delivered seven innings of two-run ball — a Michael Ryan two-run homer was the only damage done against him — and York had 13 hits in a 9-5 victory over Somerset at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The Revs (12-24) avoided a three-game sweep although the Patriots (21-14) have still won five of seven games against York this season.

Keoni De Renne and Kenny Perez led off the first inning with singles and a batter later Jason Aspito crushed a three-run bomb to right field. Aspito added a second round-tripper in the seventh as part of a five-run inning. The two-homer outing was the third by Aspito in a Revs’ uniform. He did it July 5 and August 24 of last season.

Kevin Kotch also homered in the game after coming in for an injured Matt Padgett in the third inning. Kotch’s solo bomb to right field was the third homer of his minor league career and his first since August 29 of 2005.

Perez finished 2-for-5 with two runs, Kotch was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Tyler Von Schell added a solo homer and Aspito was 2-for-4 with the two long balls and five RBIs. Things got interesting in the ninth thanks to reliever Dan Foli, who surrendered three runs in the inning. But Foli retired Brandon Larson on a groundout to end it.

Thurman entered the game 0-5 with a 9.00 ERA but for the first time all season he threw all of his pitches for strikes. Thurman struck out seven while only walking one.

Player of the Game: Jason Aspito (York). Aspito was York’s best hitter for the first two weeks before cooling off, but Sunday may be the start of a hot streak. Both his homers were towering shots of the no-doubt variety.

Quotable: “I’m starting to feel better at the plate. Everyone on this team has changed their approach. We’re having better team at-bats and the new guys are coming in and getting it done. We all know we can hit.” — Jason Aspito

Notes: Matt Padgett tweaked his hamstring in the game and was taken out as a precaution… The four homers were easily a season high for York… Matt Esquivel was the victim of one of the most embarrassing plays in baseball in the sixth. He caught a fly for the second out of the inning and then tossed the ball to a fan beyond the center field wall. The miscue allowed Gera Alvarez to move from first to third… Alvarez was 4-for-5 in the game… Jason Richardson, the league leader in wins, allowed three earned runs on four hits in relief. But due to injuries and affiliated signings, he was about the only option in Somerset’s bullpen.

*Liz Rohde photo.

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2 Responses

  1. Awesome game tonight! Kotch did great on 1st base..better than Dryer did Saturday.

  2. Agreed. I think Kotch is deserving of some more playing time. To me, it really seems like he makes an effort to see pitches and work the count. That’s something this team really needs.

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