Game 52: York 15, Bridgeport 4

It’s games such as Wednesday night’s 15-4 thrashing of Bridgeport that make one wonder exactly how the York Revolution ended up with the Atlantic League’s worst record.

York had an offensive performance for the ages before an announced crowd of 3,532 at Sovereign Bank Stadium, racking up a season high for runs (15), hits (19), RBIs (15) and home runs (4).

Matt Esquivel (3-for-5, three RBIs), Chris Ashby (3-for-5, two-run homer, two RBIs) and Matt Padgett (3-for-4, two runs) were just a few of the offensive stars for the Revs (20-32), who took a series victory for only the second time in 13 tries.

Luis Taveras also knocked in three runs with a solo homer and a triple — yes, a backup catcher motored all the way around the bases on a misplayed ball in center field — and Bridgeport’s staff ERA rose from 5.88 to 6.08 in just more than 3½ hours. It was pure domination. But will it continue through the next 18 games and into the second half?

“I think so. You can tell there’s a difference,” Revolution manager Chris Hoiles said. “The starting pitching is starting to come around and offensively, we’re swinging the bat and we have some guys who can steal some bases. It’s starting to come along.”

Speaking of starting pitching, former Oriole prospect Aaron Rakers (3-5) gave York one of his best starts of the season. The career reliever entered the night with a 1-5 record and a 6.02 ERA in his experiment as a starter, but Rakers made it through five innings while only giving up two earned runs and striking out seven.

Hoiles said he has thought about moving Rakers back to his traditional bullpen role. But all bets are off after he slammed the door on Bridgeport (26-26).

“It’s tough starting because I’ve got the reliever mentality and the reliever type of stuff,” Rakers said. “So it makes it a little tougher going deep into the game. But I’ll do whatever they ask of me.”

Believe it or not, despite the offensive outburst, York still had a chance to blow the game in the sixth inning. Heath Totten allowed two runs and left with the bases loaded after only retiring one batter. But for the second night in a row, Dan Foli entered with the bases juiced and doused the fire.

Foli induced a lineout to shortstop Keoni De Renne off the bat of former Revolution outfielder Travis Ezi for one out. De Renne then easily converted an inning-ending double play with a flip to Sam Rosario at second base.

That preserved a 6-4 lead and set the stage for York’s bats to really get going. The Revs scored three in the sixth, two in the seventh and four in the eighth via six straight hits.

“I felt since the Lancaster series (last weekend) that our bats are going and we’re playing pretty well,” said Padgett, who committed three errors at third base to go along with his great offensive night. “It’s probably pretty close (to the best York has played all year). We were right there in Lancaster and it could’ve easily been two series back-to-back.”

Notes: Outfielder Jason Aspito did not play in Wednesday night’s game and word on his suspension will come down from the league office Thursday. Aspito bumped umpire Matt Beaver with his chest in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss and was ejected. … De Renne, Taveras, Ashby and Tyler Von Schell accounted for the Revs’ four homers. … Rosario went 3-for-5 with an RBI in his first appearance of the year.

*Bill Kalina photo.


One Response

  1. Sounds like an awesome game. Too bad I missed it.

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