Game 66: Newark 6, York 4

As the York Revolution and its drastically improved roster move toward the Atlantic League second half, visions of a playoff run don’t seem too far fetched. 

But for that fantasy to come true, the Revs might want to consider a visit to a psychic. Maybe a trip to pick up a rabbit’s foot. Even a trek into the mountains to see some ancient monks. Anything that will change York’s luck against Freedom Division foe Newark. 

The Bears, the 2007 Atlantic League champions, plucked spot starter Carlos Mirabal from the bullpen Wednesday night and used his solid start and another offensive barrage to down York, 6-4, before an announced crowd of 5,279 at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The Bears, 37-28, took two of three in the three-game set, improved to 9-0 all-time in series against York and proved why they are still in a heated battle with Somerset for the first-half Freedom Division crown.

Newark entered Wednesday night with a .302 team batting average — a year after hitting an Atlantic League all-time best .302 — and battered York around at a .373 (47-for-126) clip in the series. The Bears, who recently lost sluggers Cory Aldridge and Val Majewski to affiliated teams, also improved to 8-2 against the Revs this year (23-5 all-time) and moved into a five-game, first-half-ending series with Somerset deadlocked with the Patriots.

“Sooner or later we’re going to miss them,” Newark manager Wayne Krenchicki said of the departures of Aldridge and Majewski, who still rank in the top five in the league in RBIs. “But right now, we have guys who are stepping up and that’s really helped.”

Mirabal, who entered the night with a 7.50 ERA in four appearances, made things tough for York (28-39) after the first inning. After he allowed an RBI double to Jason Aspito and Matt Padgett’s two-run single in the first, he outdueled York ace Corey Thurman (eight innings, 11 hits, five earned runs) despite walking six over seven innings.

York, which had won eight of 11 coming into the series finale with Newark, had a runner in every inning but the ninth. And the Revs even put the tying run on third base with no outs in the eighth after Jose Enrique Cruz’s RBI single made the score 5-4. But after Kennard Jones walked to load the bases, Newark’s Cory Willey forced Keoni De Renne’s foul pop-up to the catcher and a 6-4-3 double play from Chris Ashby.

Former Revolution infielder Ramon Nivar torched the Revs with a 3-for-4 performance that included two runs to lead Newark’s 13-hit attack.

“They have guys who know what they’re doing and guys who can flat-out hit,” York manager Chris Hoiles (pictured above) said. “I thought Thurman did a good job against them. They’re going to get their hits and we just have to limit the runs.” 

With the loss, the Revs remained tied for third place in the Freedom Division thanks to Lancaster’s 11-2 loss to Somerset. 

York now will face the Barnstormers in a four-game series that will determine the Freedom Division’s last-place team. Thursday’s and Friday’s games will be held in Lancaster and the Revs will return home for the remainder of the series Saturday and Sunday.

Notes: York traded infielder Jake Daubert to the Ottawa Rapidz of the Can-Am League Wednesday to make room for Shea Hillenbrand on the active roster. Daubert was a .288 hitter in 16 games for York. … Hillenbrand went 0-for-4 and reached on an error in the eighth inning before he was lifted for a pinch hitter.

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3 Responses

  1. A few observations about the game last night:

    First, it was a little presumptuous to tack $3.00 on to the ticket prices for the York Symphony Orchestra appearance. I’ve never heard of a team jacking up prices for a promotional night, and I’ve been to a lot of ballgames. What, exactly, does that $3.00 pay for anyway? The orchestra members aren’t professional. The guy at the ticket window practically apologized for the charge.

    Second, this could have been a win. It was really disappointing when in the 8th, the tying run was on third with no one out and they failed to drive him in. Ashby had a couple of solid line drive outs earlier in the game, you could tell that he was really mad at himself for hitting into that double play to end the inning.

    Third, there was some of the usual curious management decisions. Thurman had a so-so night, but Hoiles left him in the game like he was throwing a shutout. The Revs have a good pen, why not use it?

    I also don’t know about the Monty Burns-esque decision to pinch hit Rosario for Padgett to end the game. I realize that Rosario has started his Revs career on a hot streak, but to pinch hit a guy who is historically a pretty mediocre hitter in some pretty mediocre independent leagues for a guy who has had some AAA success, just to avoid a lefty/lefty matchup seems like overmanaging. I also take it that Esquivel wasn’t available, is that right?

    Finally, Hillenbrand didn’t have a particularly good first night in York. Besides struggling at the plate, he was announced as “Shea HILDAbrand” to start the game and as “Chris Hillenbrand” when Kaz ran for him at the end of the game. Welcome to York.

  2. That’s an interesting tidbit on the ticket prices for Wednesday’s game. I didn’t realize that was the case.

    And the mispronounciation of Hillenbrand’s name twice was very embarrassing for the Revolution, to say the least.

    I’d also like to pass along congratulations to AtlanticLeagueFans on his recent marriage.

  3. Thanks for the congrats, Jeff. Thanks, too, for not sharing that I married a Barnstormers fan. Oops…it’s out there now.

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