Game 79: Long Island 6, York 5

For the second time in a week, the York Revolution had the chance to nail down the first road sweep in franchise history.

But the Revs came up short once again — this time with a bit of controversy mixed in.

Long Island’s Kevin Haverbusch’s RBI double in the seventh inning proved to be the eventual game-winning hit in the Ducks’ 6-5 win Sunday evening at Citibank Park, but the play was chalk full of debate. Third baseman Shea Hillenbrand argued that the ball down the line was foul and manager Chris Hoiles also came out of the dugout to argue. But both pleaded their case to no avail and the Ducks avoided the sweep.

After P.J. Rose launched a two-run homer in the first inning off the recently activated Dave Gil (five innings, four earned runs), York (4-5) answered with five runs in the second inning. A wild pitch scored Hillenbrand (pictured; 2-for-4, 12-game hitting streak) and Jose Enrique Cruz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score another. Then a sac fly by Kennard Jones and Chris Ashby’s two-run single capped the outburst.

But Long Island’s pitching was dominant the rest of the way and only allowed three hits after the second. Former major leaguer Alay Soler went 5 1/3 innings and minimized damage while the combination of Abe Alvarez, Ben Grezlovski, Todd Williams and Joe Valentine closed it out.

Dan Foli’s wild pitch allowed the Ducks to tie the game, 5-5. Foli also took the loss, dropping to 2-4 for the year.

York finished its nine-game road trip to start the second half one game below .500 and will open a seven-game homestand tonight with Bridgeport.

Player of the Game: Kevin Haverbusch (Long Island). The outfielder is not one of the big names on the Ducks’ roster but he’s a solid hitter and scored the tying run and drove in the winning run in this game. Haverbusch also played center field and was 2-for-4 including a solo homer.

Notes: York is averaging 6.7 runs per game over the last 28 games. The Revs are also hitting .312 as a team during that stretch. … Hillenbrand has hit safely in 12 straight and only went hitless in his first game in a York uniform. He hit fifth Sunday and was the only York hitter with more than one hit. … Jason Aspito made a diving catch in this game that saved the tying run briefly. Aspito’s defense continues to be stellar. … Jose Enrique Cruz also made a fine defensive play in the game, stopping a grounder up the middle on a slide and throwing to third base to double off shortstop Dennis Donovan. … Amazingly, York’s 4-5 record is good for a tie for first place in the Freedom Division. Lancaster and Somerset both lost Sunday and are both tied with the Revs.


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