Game 54: Long Island 9, York 8

Jay Gibbons spurned the York Revolution when the Revs tried to acquire him a few weeks back, and Gibbons did the same Friday night — this time on the field.

The former Oriole provided the game-winning RBI double in the 14th inning that propelled Long Island to a 9-8 win in extra frames. The loss marked the second time in a week that York lost 9-8, with the first loss by that margin coming last Friday night at Lancaster.

Frank Castillo (pictured) made his first start of the year for the Revolution and allowed four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He was countered by Ducks’ starter Randy Leek, who went 5 1/3 and allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits. But neither factored in the decision. Nick McCurdy bit the bullet for York and pitched three scoreless innings in relief, but Heath Totten (0-1) came on after that and allowed Gibbons’ game-winner to pick up the loss.

York was led by four solo homers, with the last coming by Jason Aspito in the ninth inning. His solo shot gave York an 8-7 lead at the time, but Long Island rallied with three hits in the ninth to load the bases and Dennis Donovan scored on a wild pitch to force extra innings. 

Ray Navarette hit his league-leading 14th homer and Alex Sanchez added a two-run bomb for the Ducks to go along with a 3-for-7 night at the plate. After sweeping Long Island in an early-season series at Sovereign Bank Stadium, the Revs are now 3-2 against the Ducks with two games left in their four-game set at Citibank Park. Dave Gil will try to get York back on the right track Saturday night.


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