Game 45: Somerset 6, York 5

In Tuesday night’s loss to Somerset, the York Revolution looked like a team still wiping the sleep from its eyes after its first day off in nearly a month.

That all changed Wednesday night.

But unfortunately for the Revs, a more inspired performance didn’t translate into a win.

Matt Hagen launched a solo homer deep over the Arch Nemesis in the top of the 10th inning to give Somerset a 6-5 win before an announced 3,294 at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Hagen’s moonshot came off Revolution relief pitcher Nick McCurdy and gave the Patriots (27-17) their seventh win in nine games against the Revs — although the big hit didn’t come close to telling the story of the game.

Both benches cleared in the sixth inning when Revolution relief pitcher Jason Olson brushed back Somerset’s Brandon Larson with a pitch under his chin. That led to a few minutes of jawing between the two squads, but no punches were thrown.

And then York’s Chris Ashby (pictured) tied the game, 5-5, in the seventh with another deep homer over the Arch Nemesis with two outs. But it wasn’t enough to keep York (16-29) from dropping below .500 (11-12) at home.

“I see positive stuff, but the thing is, when is a positive going to turn into a positive?” manager Chris Hoiles said. “(Matt) Esquivel is swinging the bat well, Ashby is swinging the bat well. But we turn the game over to the bullpen at a critical time (York led 3-2 before Olson gave up three runs in the sixth) and we proceed to give up three runs really quick. … I don’t know.”

Somerset started pitcher Josh Brey against Dave Gil (pictured; five innings, one earned) and he struggled at times after pitching 4 2/3 innings of one-run relief against York in a 7-5 win May 31. But Brey was able to work around five walks and a two-run homer from Esquivel to keep Somerset in the game.

The Patriots took a brief 5-3 lead in the sixth inning, which was highlighted by David Housel’s ground-rule RBI double, Elliot Ayala’s RBI single and Michael Ryan’s RBI double. And after Ashby tied the game for York an inning later, Hagen — who was expected to be a fourth outfielder this year — helped Somerset continue its dominance over the Revs.

“I was trying to work the count and I took a couple close pitches,” Hagen said of the game-winning homer. “I’ve had to earn a spot (on the team) but with injuries early it’s opened a door for me.”

Hoiles said he was encouraged by certain aspects of the Revolution’s performance Wednesday night. He even liked the attitude he saw when the brawl almost took place — although he made sure to add he doesn’t condone throwing at the opposing team. But Hoiles was visibly frustrated — maybe more so than at any other point this season.

“In a situation like that (the benches clearing), obviously you get heated up, and that’s the kind of stuff I’m looking for,” Hoiles said. “I’m not saying hit guys or stuff like that. But at least there was a little bit of fight in them. But the bottom line is still we lost the game.”

Notes: The Revs finally broke through against Brey in the fourth. Matt Dryer led off the inning with a walk and Matt Esquivel continued his recent hot stretch with a monster two-run homer to the left-field gap. Then after Tyler Von Schell walked, Jake Daubert and Luis Taveras hit back-to-back doubles to put York in front, 3-2. … Esquivel moved up to the cleanup spot in the order for Wednesday’s game. The Revs are 5-5 when he hits in that spot . … Somerset third base coach Kevin Dattola was ejected in the top of the first inning after Elliot Ayala doubled. … Dryer made an excellent play defensively in the second. He fielded a grounder and threw home to catch Matt Hagen at the plate. … York is 0-4 in Dave Gil’s starts this year.


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