Game 44: Somerset 9, York 3

Sometimes the Atlantic League defies all logic.

Bridgeport’s players woke up Wednesday morning in the Liberty Division lead with a 24-20 record despite a 5.87 team ERA.

Southern Maryland’s roster, full of no-names and seemingly over-the-hill veterans, has managed a surprising 22-21 record so far in an expansion season.

And the York Revolution collected 12 hits Tuesday night at Sovereign Bank Stadium and still managed to lose — decisively. York dropped a 9-3 decision to Somerset before an announced crowd of 3,547 and fell to 2-6 against the Patriots (26-17) on the year.

Poor clutch hitting was the story again for the Revs (16-28). After Sandy Aracena (pictured) homered to the opposite field to start the third, Enrique Cruz (single), Keoni De Renne (walk) and Chris Ashby (single) reached consecutively. But after Cruz scored on an error by left fielder Michael Ryan on Ashby’s hit, Matt Dryer grounded into a double play and Tyler Von Schell popped to the second baseman to squash the threat.

And this was a day after York’s first day off since May 12. But that didn’t seem to help matters much.

“It didn’t look like it, did it?” Revolution manager Chris Hoiles said. “I thought we’d come out with a lot more enthusiasm being back, but it’s going to happen. Hopefully they’ll come ready to play (Wednesday).”

Wayne Franklin (4-2) only made it through 4 1/3 innings in the start and was tagged for seven earned runs on eight hits. He was one strike away from getting out of the fourth with Matt Hagen at the plate, but Hagen worked a walk and No. 9 hitter David Housel followed with a monstrous two-run homer over the Arch Nemesis. Gera Alvarez also added an RBI single in the fourth.

Somerset seems to own York this year and here’s a perfect example of the Revolution’s poor fortunes against its Freedom Division rival: Dryer was robbed twice on diving catches by center fielder Sean Smith Tuesday night — the second ended the game — and Dryer, Von Schell and Jason Aspito combined to go 1-for-13.

“I don’t know what it is because I think we match up pretty well with them,” Aracena said of the Patriots. “But for some reason we play good until the fifth or sixth and after that they get the best of us.”

Notes: De Renne dropped a fly ball in the fifth for his 18th error of the year. … Dan Foli fired 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after Somerset was in control. … Former Revolution pitcher Byron Batson pitched an inning of scoreless relief for the Patriots. … Ashby had three hits before being lifted for pinch hitter Kaz Tanaka in the ninth. … Matt Esquivel continued his recent hot streak with two hits. … York will send Dave Gil (0-2, 10.34 ERA) to the mound Wednesday night against Josh Brey (1-0, 1.13 ERA).

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One Response

  1. Long Island has added former major leaguers Donovan Osborne and Vic Darensbourg.

    Also, I’ve added a link for Atlantic League All-Star voting in the right-hand column.

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