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Game 57: York 4, Bridgeport 3

The York Revolution had to wait nearly nine weeks to finally nail down back-to-back wins on the road.

Luckily, the wait for three straight wins away from Sovereign Bank Stadium wasn’t quite so painfully long.

The Revs secured a 4-3 win Monday night over Bridgeport before an announced crowd of 1,272 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard and the victory was anything but easy. York had to hold off a furious eighth-inning rally from the Bluefish and needed a miraculous play from pitcher Nick McCurdy with two outs to escape the inning. McCurdy (pictured) fielded a swinging bunt from Calvin Pickering and flipped to catcher Luis Taveras for a force at home with the bases loaded to preserve the one-run cushion.

Bridgeport’s Branden Florence represented the tying run in the ninth after he reached base on catcher’s interference and made it all the way around to third. But McCurdy fanned former Revolution outfielder Travis Ezi to pick up his fourth save. Ezi was saddled with the dreaded golden sombrero (four strikeouts) and went 0-for-5.

Aaron Rakers (4-5) picked up the win in his second straight outing for York (23-34) after pitching six innings and only allowing three hits and one unearned run. Dan Foli got a double play to escape the seventh and the trouble in the eighth came with the Revs’ Dave Veres on the mound. He struck out Ezi for what appeared to be the final out of the eighth, but Ezi reached first on a passed ball. That miscue was followed by two hits, a run and a walk before McCurdy came on and allowed Ryan Bear’s RBI single. But that was all Bridgeport (27-30) could muster.

York’s offense came on a Bridgeport throwing error, Sam Rosario’s two-run homer and Matt Padgett’s RBI single. The three straight road wins tied a franchise record, which was set last season. Bridgeport has lost 10 of 13.

Player of the Game: Nick McCurdy (York). McCurdy was asked to get a four-out save and despite the Revs trying everything possible to blow the lead, he closed the door. Overcoming a bases loaded situation with two outs in the eighth and a rare occurrence of catcher’s interference in the ninth was very impressive for Mr. McCurdy.

Notes: York left 13 men on base and had a baserunner in every inning. … Rakers defeated Bergstrom for the second straight week. … Matt Esquivel stole his fifth base of the season. Amazingly, Jesse Hoorelbeke also got a steal in this one. … Revs’ catcher Luis Taveras had a night he would like to forget. He was charged for cathcer’s interference, had two passed balls and went 0-for-5 at the plate. … The save for McCurdy was his first since May 29. … Kennard Jones led off an inning by getting on base three separate times. … Former Revolution pitcher Landon Jacobsen was released by Somerset, according to the Courier News. Jacobsen’s health was called into question while he was with the Revs and he left York on a sour note.


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