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Game 83: Somerset 17, York 6

Fans who frequent Sovereign Bank Stadium these days may want to budget a few more dollars for the babysitter back at home. 

Or at least make plans to down a few espressos on the way to work the next day. 

If you’re heading to a Revs game lately, there’s no question it’s going to be one long night. 

York’s surging offense showed up again Thursday night before an announced crowd of 4,210, but Somerset ripped the Revs for 17 hits and notched a 17-6 victory in a 3-hour-and-41-minute affair that kicked off a crucial four-game weekend series. The Patriots (6-6, 46-36) batted around in the fifth inning, crushing four doubles and a homer in the frame and sending Revs’ starter Aaron Myette (pictured) to the showers early. 

Myette was tagged for nine earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. And a Patriots lineup that was missing star sluggers Michael Ryan (Triple-A contract with the Florida Marlins) and Ryan Radmanovich (Team Canada for the Olympics) for the first day ripped apart the rest of York’s pitching staff. The Revs have now allowed 44 runs and 60 hits over the last four games. 

“Right now we’re trying to piece together the bullpen and it’s tough right now,” Revolution manager Chris Hoiles said. “I thought we came out swinging the bats pretty good but they kept going at us. We’ll regroup and come out tomorrow.” 

Things got so bad for York (6-7, 36-47) in the eighth after Dan Foli allowed back-to-back runs on wild pitches that Hoiles called on first baseman Chris Ashby to pitch. The sad part is that Ashby — the owner of a 4.00 ERA in 27 innings in the minor leagues between 2003 and 2004 — was able to find the strike zone more consistently than some of York’s traditional relievers. 

He induced a flyout, gave up a double to Vito Chiaravolloti and then forced Gera Alvarez to ground out to end the eighth. Then outfielder Jason Aspito came on to pitch in the ninth but didn’t fare as well. He gave up three runs on four hits before getting three outs in the ninth. 

“It was fun (pitching). At the same time I don’t want to embarrass myself or my team,” said Ashby (pictured), who also launched two towering solo homers on the night and admitted he took a few peaks at the stadium radar gun. “I wanted to look somewhat professional and throw strikes and not make a mockery of myself out there.” 

Looking for more evidence of how bad things got for York Thursday? Somerset utility man David Housel went 2-for-5 with two RBIs — raising his average against York to .308 (Housel was hitting .262 overall entering the night). And No. 9 hitter Gera Alvarez, who is also usually a reserve, broke out of a 1-for-42 slump with a clutch two-run single in the fourth while adding another RBI on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. 

Not exactly the way the Revs wanted to start an important series against a tough Freedom Division foe. 

“I wasn’t walking the yard or wild but maybe I was just leaving too many balls over the plate,” Myette said of his outing. “Coming back (from nearly two years out of professional baseball) I was dreaming big. … As far as me on the field, it’s been up and down but the experience here (in York) has been awesome.” 

Notes: A scoring change on Kennard Jones’ hit in the 11th inning from York’s thrilling 11-10 win Wednesday gave York 20 hits in the game. It was the fourth time in a month York had tied its franchise high for hits. … Shea Hillenbrand’s hitting streak reached 16 games with a second-inning double. Hillenbrand was also booed in the third by a fan above the Revs’ dugout for not running out a soft line drive to second that was bobbled by Housel. … Aaron Rakers, scheduled to start Sunday, was called on in the sixth for an inning of relief. Starter Corey Thurman will also be available in relief Friday night if needed.


3 Responses

  1. From what I’ve seen so far Hillenbrand does not hustle. The same thing happened in Wednesday’s game..he was plodding to first & a Bridgeport player bobbled the ball but still got the out. Had Hillenbrand been hustling in the first place he would’ve ended up safe.

  2. Don’t they teach you in t-ball that no matter what you run to first base? It is frustrating to see players like Shea stop running 1/2 way down the line and know that he could have beaten the bobbled balls and called safe.

    Also, sure the fan gave him a hard time about not running to 1st, but his attitude back to the fan was a little much. He did make up with them later by tossing out a ball after coming off the field.

  3. Hillenbrand hasn’t hustled since he got to York. It makes me sick everytime these guys don’t run hard. There’s always someone out there who would kill to have the chance some of them take for granted.

    This Revs team sure does have it’s group of attitudes this year.

    Jeff, maybe you could do an article on why ball players feel that they don’t have to run out a ground ball.

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