Game 55: York 5, Long Island 4

Before Saturday night, if the York Revolution trailed after seven innings, you could forget about a dramatic comeback. Go ahead and hit the fridge. Maybe walk the dog. Anything, really. York had failed to win a game (0-26) when trailing after seven heading into Saturday night’s tilt with Long Island.

Not anymore.

The Revs’ David Gil dodged bullets like he was in the Matrix Saturday against Long Island and York rallied on two separate occasions to take a 5-4 win at Citibank Park before 6,406 fans.

York scored three runs in the eighth inning for the final comeback. It all started with Chris Ashby’s infield single, an errant pickoff throw that allowed Ashby (pictured) to take third and Matt Esquivel’s RBI double. Tyler Von Schell then hit an infield single and Esquivel never stopped running hard from second base and just made it home on a slightly errant throw from the Ducks’ Ray Navarrete. Then Jason Aspito delivered a pinch-hit RBI double to give the Revs a 5-3 advantage.

Dave Veres allowed an unearned run in the ninth but got Jay Gibbons to fly out to end it with the tying run on base. Veres picked up his third save and Jason Olson (4-2) picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief.

Although Gil didn’t factor in the decision, he worked out of trouble all night. The University of Miami product allowed 10 hits in six-plus innings but only two earned runs. He also didn’t walk a batter.

Notes: Long Island (77) and York (69) are the top two teams in the Atlantic League in errors. In a related note, both teams are in last place in their respective divisions. … Kennard Jones moved into the leadoff spot for Saturday’s game with Keoni De Renne getting the night off. De Renne did enter the game for defensive purposes. … The newly acquired Sam Rosario played shortstop and didn’t commit an error. … Former Rev Manny Ulloa started for the Ducks and only allowed one earned run in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven. … Matt Esquivel added two more hits and has his average all the way up to .280. 


2 Responses

  1. That was about as intense a game as you’re going to find. It was really nerve-racking just to listen to it on the radio, I was genuinely afraid that Gibbons was going to be the death of the Revs two nights in a row. Terrific win, though.

    I’m not sure about Jones or Rosario in the league. They struck out seven times between them last night, if I’m not mistaken (four times for Jones in the leadoff spot). Neither one has a particularly impressive minor league track record.

  2. Rosario’s track record indicates that he isn’t a great fit for the Atlantic League. But York desperately needed an infielder, so until they can find someone better, he’ll probably see a fair amount of playing time.

    Jones is a more intriguing player. He brings a lot of energy. But he seems to be very similar to Travis Ezi — lots of strikeouts. Jones has also made a couple of baserunning mistakes since joining the Revs.

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