Game 51: Bridgeport 2, York 1

First, the York Revolution lost control of a game that looked like a slam-dunk win thanks to a strong start from Corey Thurman.

Then the Revs lost their cool.

After being called out on a close play at first base by umpire Matt Beaver in the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss to Bridgeport, Jason Aspito appeared to bump Beaver with his chest and was ejected for his actions. Then after Aspito slammed his helmet to the ground in disgust in front of the Revs’ dugout, manager Chris Hoiles was also shown the gate by Beaver — earning his first ejection of the season. It all put a depressing book-end on a game that started out with a lot of promise for York before an announced 3,434 at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

“I know I was safe and I saw him ringing me up before I even got to the bag,” Aspito said after the game. “I don’t hold any grudges and I don’t argue balls and strikes. But plays on the bases should not be missed.”

Thurman (six innings, six hits, one earned run, eight strikeouts) was dominant for the fourth straight start, although his string of consecutive scoreless innings came to an end at 23. Keoni De Renne lost a ball in the lights with two outs in the sixth on Luis Lopez’s pop-up to the shallow outfield and that set the table for Jesse Hoorelbeke’s broken bat RBI single to right field. Hoorelbeke’s hit tied the game, 1-1, and saddled Thurman with a no decision.

Bridgeport scored the winning run in the seventh after a Calvin Pickering walk, Brian Munhall’s single and an RBI double from No. 9 hitter Alex Prieto. All the damage came off relief pitcher Matt Trent (two hits, an earned run and a walk), who struggled with his command in 2/3 of an inning.

But it was York’s unpredictable offense and a pitching gem from the Bluefish’s Barry Hertzler that stole the spotlight. The Revs (19-32) only mustered one run off Hertzler (7 2/3 innings, four strikeouts), a sinker-ball pitcher who threw an incredible amount of pitches but never seemed to tire.

“We don’t have any Joba Chamberlains on this team,” Bridgeport manager Tommy John joked in reference to Hertzler’s pitch count. “Most sinker-ballers get better as the game goes on and I don’t even think about getting the bullpen up. From the fourth on, he just continues to get better.”

York’s lone run scored in the fifth inning when Kaz Tanaka singled and came around to score on Kennard Jones’ RBI double. York stranded eight men on base compared to Bridgeport’s 10 and still has a chance to win the series with a win Wednesday night. The Revs have only won one of their last 12 series.

Notes: Thurman (pictured) has truly turned the corner. After not allowing any runs in back-to-back, seven-inning starts, the former major leaguer deserved better Tuesday night. He set down 10 of the first 11 batters he faced, struck out five straight at one point and only walked one hitter. … De Renne was picked off first base after singling to start the first inning. The miscue might have cost the Revs a run because Kennard Jones followed with a single to the gap in left and Chris Ashby reached on an error. … The Revolution handed out thunder sticks Tuesday night — Anaheim Angels anyone? — and the extra noise added some life to Sovereign Bank Stadium. 

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