Game 85: Somerset 8, York 7

Poor situational hitting doomed the York Revolution many a time in a 30-40 first half.

And it came back to bite the Revs again Saturday night at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

After fighting back from a four-run deficit, York went to the bottom of the ninth inning trailing Somerset by a run. Matt Esquivel promptly tripled to start the inning but York failed to drive him in to tie the game. Matt Dryer grounded out to third, Sam Rosario fouled out to the first baseman and Kennard Jones struck out swinging against Patriots’ closer Brian Reith.

It all capped what was another offensive barrage. The Revs pounded out 14 hits and got a third homer from Dryer (pictured) in the last four days. He finished 2-for-6 with four RBIs. And every Rev starter had a hit with Keoni De Renne and Esquivel both adding three apiece.

Wayne Franklin was roughed up in the start, allowing seven earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. The Patriots’ Brandon Larson had a huge game, finishing 3-for-4 with four RBIs — a performance that included two homers and the game-winning solo shot off Dave Veres in the top of the ninth.

The Revs (7-8) will now have to take Sunday’s game with Somerset (7-7) to salvage a split in the four-game series. Aaron Rakers (6-6) will face Steve Kelly (5-6).

Notes: Aaron Myette has left the Revolution partly because of a nagging ankle injury. He was replaced by former New York Met Juan Padilla, who is expected to bolster York’s bullpen. But the loss of Myette will certainly sting. He was York’s leader in strikeouts (77) and was also tied with Aaron Rakers and Corey Thurman for the team lead in wins (six). … Somerset reliever Jason Richardson picked up his eighth win of the year — quite the amazing number from a bullpen guy. … Shea Hillenbrand’s hitting streak reached 18 games on a single in the seventh inning.


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