Game 81: York 12, Bridgeport 2

Two months ago and 58 games in the rear view mirror, the York Revolution’s players woke from their beds on a May morning with a team batting average sitting at a measly .216. 

That day now seems like a distant memory. 

York’s offense showed up in grand fashion for the second straight night Tuesday — matching a team record with five home runs — but the Revs also added a dominant pitching performance this time around in a 12-2 win over Bridgeport at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Aaron Rakers pitched six innings and only allowed one earned run to help York (5-6, 35-46) hold onto a share of the Freedom Division lead before an announced crowd of 4,230. 

Jason Aspito (pictured) homered twice for the fourth time in a Revs’ uniform and York went deep three separate times in the fourth inning — also a franchise first. Matt Dryer and Jose Enrique Cruz launched bombs in the fourth to back Luis Taveras’ three-run moonshot in the second. 

But Aspito’s three-run jack in the fourth was easily the most impressive of them all against the Bluefish (8-3, 41-40). The outfielder’s opposite-field shot clanked off the top of the 38-foot Arch Nemesis in left field and bounced over to stake York to a nine-run lead. 

“I was surprised I got it as high as I did but I guess the baseball gods were on my side that time,” said Aspito, whose 14 homers are close to cracking into the Atlantic League top five. “I think there is an adjustment period (in the Atlantic League). Guys start out in indy ball and they don’t mean to do it. 

“But everyone wants to get back to affiliated ball and everyone presses. It’s a snowball thing, but now we’re having team at-bats and everything is taking care of itself.”

Rakers (pictured) improved to 6-6 on the year and after making only one career start in 382 appearances before this season, he seems to be settling into his starting role. The former Baltimore Oriole prospect utilized his changeup and worked around trouble in the first and second innings. He finished with seven strikeouts. 

“I was just trying to be aggressive with a lead like that,” Rakers said. “You just don’t want to walk people. You want to let them hit it and make outs.” 

Every York starter had a hit Tuesday night and 60 percent of the homers were produced from the bottom third of the lineup — Dryer (seventh), Taveras (eighth) and Cruz (ninth). Shea Hillenbrand also extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a third-inning single that crashed off the Arch Nemesis, narrowly missing his first Revolution home run. 

“We’ve been hitting the ball well and we hit the ball well (Monday) night too,” Revs’ manager Chris Hoiles said. “Rak(ers) did a hell of a job starting and we supplied him with the offense he needed.” 

Notes: The game was delayed 22 minutes in the bottom of the eighth inning when the stadium lights went out due to a timing error. … Relief pitcher Jason Olson was placed on the seven-day disabled list Tuesday with a muscular issue in his throwing arm. York signed former Somerset reliever Saul Solveson to take his spot on the active roster. … Dryer’s homer went to deep left-center and was his first long ball since June 8.

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One Response

  1. It’s great see them bounce back so well after Monday’s debacle.

    I have noticed (hard not to) a team-wide improved approach at the plate, lately. There seemed to be a lot of one-pitch at-bats early in the season, and we’re not seeing that much anymore.

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