Game 60: York 8, Bridgeport 5

The York Revolution capped an eight-game road trip with its most dramatic win of the season Thursday night at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

Trailing by a run entering the ninth inning, a costly Bridgeport error led to Matt Padgett’s jam-shot RBI single up the middle that tied the game and then Matt Esquivel (pictured) delivered a towering three-run homer that gave York a stunning 8-5 win over Bridgeport. York was 0-28 this season when trailing after eight innings and 3-12 at Bridgeport all-time entering the night, but none of those marks were relevant on a night like this.

In the ninth, Kennard Jones (3-for-5) reached on an infield single with one out and after a Keoni De Renne flyout, Chris Ashby’s hot shot to third base was misplayed by third baseman Luis Lopez. That allowed Padgett’s heroic hit to tie the game, 5-5, and Esquivel’s fifth home run off Bridgeport closer Eddie Ramos helped York (24-36) come all the way back from a 4-0 deficit before the announced crowd of 3,459.

Dave Gil gave up a three-run homer to Bridgeport’s Jesse Hoorelbeke in the first and two other runs, but persevered through eight solid innings — setting down 12 in a row at one point. Gil picked up the victory with five earned runs, six hits, three walks and five strikeouts on 111 pitches.

Padgett added an RBI triple in the fourth inning and Jose Enrique Cruz also had an RBI double in the contest. Chris Ashby extended his hitting streak to seven games with another fine 2-for-5 performance. Bridgeport fell to 29-31 with the loss.

York now opens up a six-game homestand with a game against Long Island Friday night. Corey Thurman (4-5, 4.98 ERA) will face Donovan Osborne (0-2, 5.63 ERA).

Player of the Game: Matt Padgett(pictured)/Matt Esquivel (York). Padgett got the big hit to tie it and Esquivel didn’t allow the game to linger on into extra innings. His deep fly ruined Eddie Ramos’ chance of saving his third game in as many nights. Padgett also added his third triple of the year in this game, which is incredible if you’ve watched the man run the bases.

Notes: This was a backbreaking loss for Bridgeport considering that starter Tim Drew was making his first appearance in a month and only went 3 2/3 innings. That meant the ‘Fish had to burn the bullpen up and still were saddled with the crushing loss. … Luis Tavers went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI. … Kennard Jones batted leadoff in place of Keoni De Renne and it would probably be a good idea to keep him there for the time being. Jones legged out an infield hit in the ninth that eventually made the difference on the tying run (thanks to Lopez’s error). De Renne went 0-for-5 from the No. 2 spot and continues to struggle. … Nick McCurdy pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save. … York finished its eight-game road trip 4-4. Not bad for a team that couldn’t win a game on the road to save its life a month ago. … Gil was tremendous in this game. He gave up a couple of big blows early but continued to battle. That’s what frontline starting pitchers are supposed to do.

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