Game 61: York 6, Long Island 2

After Matt Dryer’s father recently broke his hip and needed two separate operations, Dryer raced home to Rochester, N.Y. to be with his ailing father.

Luckily, his dad came out of both surgeries OK — one alleviated a life-threatening blood clot. But it’s safe to say Dryer wanted to made his presence felt in his first game back for dear ‘ol dad.

And that’s exactly what he did in his return to the York Revolution lineup Friday night.

The University of Miami product went 3-for-4 and scored two runs in the Revs’ 6-2 win over Long Island at Sovereign Bank Stadium and York started a stretch of eight out of 10 games at home with authority. The Revolution collected 14 hits and got a tremendous effort from the bullpen to improve to 6-2 against the Ducks this year and 4-0 against Long Island at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

Corey Thurman was denied his fifth consecutive win but battled through 4 1/3 innings (two earned runs, seven hits) and put York in position to win. Dan Foli came on for Thurman in the fifth and escaped a bases-loaded jam without allowing a run and then pitched another scoreless frame in the sixth for the victory. Foli has now stranded 12 of 16 inherited baserunners this season, which is an incredible statistic.

Matt Esquivel also continued his tear for York, going 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the first and Kennard Jones went 2-for-5 for the Revs. Jones was picked off on two separate occasions in the game but stole second base successfully both times. Jose Enrique Cruz and Matt Padgett also had two-hit games.

And the bullpen — a well-rested unit lately — took over. Five different York relievers held the Ducks at bay and Mark Rosen, Jason Olson, Dave Veres and Nick McCurdy came on after Foli. The only Revolution reliever to not to make an appearance in the game was Matt Trent.

Player of the Game: Matt Dryer (York). Dryer was in a slump when he left to be with his father and while I’m sure he and his family would have liked to avoid the scary situation, maybe the rest will do him good. Dryer hit sixth and also played a solid first base Friday night. (Honorable mention: Dan Foli).

Notes: Long Island left 14 runners on in the game and had a man reach base in every inning. … Ducks’ starter Donovan Osborne took the loss and allowed four earned runs on 10 hits in five innings. … Keoni De Renne returned to the leadoff spot and his struggles continue. De Renne went 0-for-5. … The Revs held Ray Navarette to an 0-for-5 performance, which is an impressive feat with the way he’s been swinging the bat lately. … The Revs are now 15-13 at Sovereign Bank Stadium and 25-36 overall this year. … A crowd of 5,323 cheered on York Friday night. … Kevin Kotch hit his second homer of the year and first in a Lancaster uniform at Bridgeport Friday night. Lancaster won an 8-4 decision.

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One Response

  1. Good game guys!!! Teams don’t like playing at Sovereign Bank Stadium because of the Cannon! they fear it

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