Game 82: York 11, Bridgeport 10

Reigning Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month Corey Thurman was on the hill for York.

All-Star Eric DuBose toed the rubber for Bridgeport.

And Sovereign Bank Stadium was cranking at 11:07 a.m. on Summer Camp Retreat Day.

Sounds like the perfect formula for a speedy pitchers’ duel, right?

Erroneous wishful thinking.

Bridgeport and York played another marathon in the steady rain Wednesday afternoon, with York emerging victorious 11-10 in 11 innings on catcher Brian Munhall’s throwing error in the bottom of the 11th. After Sandy Aracena and pinch hitter Matt Padgett singled to start the 11th and Kennard Jones reached on an error that scored Aracena, Keoni De Renne’s sac bunt landed perfectly with a thud in the sloppy mud in front of home plate.

That led to a slip by Munhall, whose throw to first base sailed into the outfield — allowing Jones to score the winning run on a nifty slide before what was left of the announced crowd of 3,692.

The game lasted 4 hours and 34 minutes — two days after the longest nine-inning game in Revolution history (4:12) — and the two teams ended their three-game series after a combined 11 hours and 52 minutes of baseball and 94 hits. But the Revs (6-6, 36-46), who still own a share of the lead in the woeful Freedom Division, will take wins any way they come.

“We had to deal with the elements and they had to deal with the elements too,” said De Renne (pictured), whose errant throw to home plate on Steven Doetsch’s grounder in the ninth allowed Bridgeport to tie the game, 8-8. “Honestly, in the first three or four weeks of the season I don’t think this (the comeback) would have happened. We would have shut it down out of disappointment. But we’ve been rolling the last few weeks here, so anything can happen.”

The Revs rallied from an early 4-0 deficit and brought an 8-7 lead to the top of the ninth after Matt Dryer’s two-run homer and Aracena’s RBI hot smash up the middle in the eighth. But All-Star closer Nick McCurdy couldn’t close the door. He allowed a leadoff walk to Luis Lopez. Jesse Hoorelbeke followed with a single, and after Ryan Bear’s sac bunt, De Renne’s error tied the score.

But even after McCurdy — who entered the day with an outstanding 1.39 ERA — allowed a two-run homer to Doetsch in the top of the 11th to give the Bluefish (8-4, 41-41) a two-run lead, York found the energy for another rally.

“I was talking to some people yesterday (Tuesday) and they said, ‘Oh, your game is at 11. We can go have dinner,’” said infielder Jose Enrique Cruz (pictured), who added three more hits in the win and is hitting .403 this month. “I said, ‘Be careful. Our game might last until 5 (p.m.).’ I missed it by an hour.”

Thurman (4 1/3 innings, six earned runs) was without his best stuff for most of Wednesday and he served up a towering three-run bomb to Hoorelbeke in the first that cleared the 405-foot wall in center — only the fourth homer ever to clear the wall there. But York’s bullpen, which has looked shaky lately, kept the game within reach. Matt Trent (two-thirds of an inning), Dan Foli (two innings, one earned run) and Wayne Franklin (one scoreless inning) put the Revs in position to rally.

“We played through the rain all game and it was miserable conditions” Manager Chris Hoiles said. “But the more their backs are against the wall, the more they come out fighting. They could’ve laid down and said the game was over but they didn’t. This team doesn’t quit.”

Notes: No. 3 hitter Chris Ashby reached base in five of his six plate appearances, adding his 10th three-hit game of the season. That leads the Revs this year. … DuBose, a former Baltimore Oriole prospect, hit four batters in his 3 2/3 innings and had six walks. … Shea Hillenbrands hitting streak now stands at 15 games after a 1-for-4 performance. … York hit into a franchise-worst five double plays and stranded 15 runners.

*John Pavoncello photo.

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3 Responses

  1. Four and a half hour game? Eleven o’clock start? I could hear the beat writers crying 25 miles away…

    This offense has been amazing lately. Is there any everyday player, with the exception of maybe Jones who is coming back down to Earth a bit, who isn’t playing his best ball of the season?

    The left-on-base numbers are a little worrisome, though, particularly after having a problem with that on Monday.

    Was Franklin just getting work in after having a short start on Monday or is he in the pen now? It seems like an odd spot to use him, being a tight game and considering that he got hit hard less than 45 hours previous.

  2. I didn’t ask to confirm, but Franklin has thrown his bullpen session in the actual game before this year. So I assume that was the case Wednesday.

    I wasn’t crying. But I was ready for a nap by the fourth inning.

  3. Despite sitting in the rain for 4 1/2 hours I think I’d have to say this was one of my favorite games this year. The Revs kept coming back when they needed to and pulled off a great win. I really have to agree with De Renne on his comment about how if this game had been earlier in the season they would’ve given up. It looks like the team now has more fight & desire to win. Some of the extra inning games I saw earlier in the year it looked like they didn’t care who won as long as the game would finish. Today it seemed like they wanted a win and weren’t gonna settle for less.

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