One huge series

Coming off its improbable 11-10 come-from-behind win Wednesday, the York Revolution has little time to rest or enjoy its recent stretch of gaudy offensive production.

There are bigger things to worry about — like an impending series that can be considered York’s most important of the season to this point. Somerset comes to town for a crucial four-game set starting Thursday night. And while the Patriots already have what York is desperately fighting for — that elusive playoff berth — Somerset and manager Sparky Lyle undoubtedly plan to put up quite the fight this weekend.

So the Revs can count on having their hands full. And their performance in this series, while still early in the second half, could be the start of York’s demise or success. Three losses or a sweep to the Patriots would put York in dire straits heading toward the stretch run. But just as importantly, York finally needs to take a series from a top division foe with authority to prove itself as a contender.

That hasn’t happened yet this year. But manager Chris Hoiles sees improvement — although he was hesitant to call this a statement series.

“I think they’re all big series. I think to take two out of three from Long Island and to lose the first game here (against Bridgeport) like we did, but to win the next two, that was huge,” Hoiles said. “Every series from here on out is very important. Not only to play well against Somerset, but everybody. We need to continue doing what we’re doing and building toward the end of the year and the postseason. To be able to do that, we need to play consistent baseball and we’re starting to do that.”

Somerset Notes: The Patriots’ game with Long Island scheduled for Wednesday night was rained out. So Somerset (5-6) enters the weekend set with York a 1/2 game back in the standings. York and Newark are tied for the Freedom Division lead at 6-6. … Home Run Derby champ Josh Pressley is having an incredible season. He’s hitting .340 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs in 74 games. … Somerset is the only team without a starting pitcher in the top 10 in ERA. … All-Star Matt Hagen has enjoyed an incredible season after being projected as a fourth outfielder in spring training. He’s hitting .310 and has 12 homers and 45 RBIs on the year to go along with 17 stolen bases. … Travis Anderson is hitting .417 over the Patriots’ last 10 games. … Reliever Jason Richardson is a flawless 7-0 with a 3.04 ERA on the year. … Josh Brey, who York helped turn into a starter, has responded beautifully in the Pats’ rotation. He’s 5-0 with a 3.83 ERA in 13 games (10 starts).

York Notes: Jose Enrique Cruz is hitting .403 for the month of July. I mentioned this in Wednesday’s game recap, but thought it was worthy of noting again. … Matt Padgett is the Revs’ go-to guy in pinch hit situations. He’s 5-for-7 pinch hitting this year and his single in the 11th Wednesday helped jumpstart York’s rally. The five pinch hits are already easily a Revolution franchise record. … Kennard Jones (.222) and Matt Dryer (.273) were the only Revs hitting under .300 in the last 10 games entering Wednesday. That’s incredible. … Chris Ashby has finally played enough games to qualify for the batting race. He entered play Wednesday eighth with a .335 average and promptly got three more hits to raise that number again. … Shea Hillenbrand needs a hit in eight more games to break York’s club record for a hitting streak. Rayner Bautista and Nate Espy both hit in 22 straight last season.

Pitching Probables: (York’s Starters First)

Game 1: Aaron Myette (6-6, 5.26 ERA) vs. Brian Adams (6-5, 5.24 ERA)

Game 2: Dave Gil (2-3, 5.92 ERA) vs. Jim Magrane (4-7, 6.29 ERA)

Game 3: Wayne Franklin (5-3, 5.51 ERA) vs. Aaron Fultz (1-3, 5.72 ERA)

Game 4: Aaron Rakers (6-6, 4.91 ERA) vs. Steve Kelly (5-6, 4.65 ERA) 

*John Pavoncello photo.

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4 Responses

  1. Ryan Dunleavy of the Courier News is reporting that Somerset outfielder Michael Ryan has signed a contract with the Florida Marlins.

    He hit third for the Patriots most of the time and had a .282 average, 15 homers and 44 RBIs in 65 games.

    Not a bad start to a crucial series for York.

  2. There’s been a slight change to the Patriots’ scheduled starting rotation for the series. Reigning Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year Brian Adams will go Thursday night. Jim Magrane, Aaron Fultz and Steve Kelly have all been pushed back a day.

  3. Great news for Ashby and Padgett and so on, but no one has mentioned anything on catcher Sandy Aracena. In yesterdays day game he went 4-5 and had that RBI to put us up in the 8th, then led us off in the 10th with a hit. Plus he’s on a 9 game hitting streak and has been hot all season. He’s one of the few consistent hitters and hardly ever gets noticed. Honestly I’m a little tired of hearing about Dryer and Keoni – they are nothing to brag about and have not sparked my interest. Luis Taveras is another guy – his avg is down but he’s helped the team alot and has not been mentioned hardly at all. I’d like to see our other guys who are DOING something get recognized as well.

  4. I will agree with Johnny on this one. Dryer seems to always be becoming off with an attitude or I am better then everyone else. I still love that he strikes out so much but being Holies little pet he still plays, when he should be on sitting on the bench. Look at Friday night first at bat. didn’t run it out to first, then he strikes out two times.
    Maybe he should spend less time drinking at Cobblestone’s and worry more about his game.

    Like Johnny stated there are others on this Revs team that are doing well that you should be writing about.

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