Game 59: Bridgeport 9, York 6

In the midst of a first half that has been spent mostly in the Freedom Division cellar, the York Revolution has always been able to count on its bullpen.

Through the good. Through the bad. There were always the guys at the end of the game.

But that sure hasn’t been the case lately and York surrendered a four-run lead Wednesday night before the bullpen imploded on the way to a 9-6 loss to Bridgeport at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. York has held a lead in 10 of its last 14 losses this season.

The Revs (23-36) got on the board in the third inning thanks to a Chris Ashby (pictured) two-run single — a play that included a Kennard Jones run via catcher Brian Munhall’s throwing error. Then York tacked on two more in the fifth on Keoni De Renne’s RBI single and a solo homer from Jones — his second in as many nights.

But the bottom of the fifth was where Bridgeport (29-30) pounced. The Bluefish chased York starter Frank Castillo by scoring four runs on five hits in the inning and after Dan Foli (pictured) escaped the frame with the game tied 5-5, Bridgeport got to Foli in the sixth. The righty gave up four hits and four earned runs in the sixth before he was removed in favor of Matt Trent.

York scored a run in the ninth and Ashby came to the plate representing the tying run, but Bridgeport closer Eddie Ramos came on to get Ashby to strikeout to pick up his fifth save before the announced crowd of 1,339.

Castillo lasted only 4 2/3 innings for the second straight start and surrendered 11 hits on five earned runs. Bridgeport used six pitchers, led by starter Matt Pike, who gave up four earned runs in five innings.

Player of the Game: Henry Mateo (Bridgeport). Mateo is quietly putting together a solid season for the Bluefish. He had three hits in the game, including his 17th double of the year. He also scored two runs.

Notes: Kaz Tanaka got the start and went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and also stole his team-leading seventh bag of the year. If you had told me Tanaka would be tied with Travis Ezi (who also stole his seventh base Wednesday) at this point of the year, I would have laughed in your face. … Keoni De Renne was picked off at first base after his RBI single and although I have no stats to back this up, this has to be at least the third or fourth time he’s been picked off this year. Inexcusable for a guy who is not a great base stealer. … Ezi went 2-for-4 with two runs for another productive night. … Bridgeport had 17 hits, including three from Henry Mateo. … Matt Esquivel was solved by Bridgeport’s pitching staff. He went 0-for-4. So did Matt Padget. … I saw Matt Dryer at Sovereign Bank Stadium Wednesday afternoon working out on the field. He said his father is recovering nicely after hip surgery. … As you might have read over at Barnstormin, Brogue native Travis Hake is getting ready to join Lancaster for a third time since 2005. He was the club’s co-MVP in 2005, hitting .295 with 42 stolen bases.

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