Game 39: York 6, Southern Maryland 2

Chris Ashby had shown flashes of what he was capable of in his first few games with the York Revolution.

But Wednesday night was officially the former New York Yankee farm hand’s coming out party.

Ashby mashed a solo homer in the third inning over the Arch Nemesis in left field, added an RBI double in the fourth and crushed an RBI single up the middle in the eighth in York’s 6-2 victory. Ashby finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Wayne Franklin delivered a solid start (7 IP, 5H, 2 ER, 4 K) to help York take its first series win since early May (a three-game sweep over Long Island May 2 to 4).

The only blemish against Franklin was Chris Maples’ two-run homer in the seventh and Franklin won for the first time in five outings. He also entered the night as the Atlantic League leader in walks (26), but pitched around three free passes in the win over the Blue Crabs (19-19).

Matt Esquivel also had a solid game for York, finishing 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a monster triple in the eighth inning. Keoni De Renne (pictured above) also hit a solo homer for the Revs (14-25) and finished with two hits.

Player of the Game: Chris Ashby (York). Ashby homered for the first time in a York uniform and his hustle continues to be especially impressive for a veteran guy. He busts it around the bases and manager Chris Hoiles has mentioned that fact a couple of times in post-game conversations. Amazingly, Ashby did all his damage from the No. 8 spot in the order Wednesday night.

Notes: Matt Dryer made his return to the lineup and went 0-for-3, but every ball was crushed to the outfield. That’s usually what happens with Dryer right before he goes on a big power binge… Tyler Von Schell added a scorching RBI single in the fourth off the Arch Nemesis… Keith Ramsey made his first start with Southern Maryland and the former Somerset Patriot gave up four earned runs over 4 2/3 innings… Nick McCurdy allowed a hit in the ninth but closed the door on the win… Manager Chris Hoiles said Aaron Rakers (pictured) will move back to the starting rotation to take the spot of the departed Dave Gassner… Chris Maples, Chad Ehrnsberger and George Sandel all had two hits in the loss, which accounted for all of the Blue Crabs’ hits… Dave Veres thre another flawless inning in the eighth.

*Bill Kalina photo.

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