Game 88: Newark 5, York 1

The York Revolution’s surging offense finally met its match.

Newark’s Mike Bumstead recorded his Atlantic League-leading 11th win Wednesday evening, pitching eight innings and scattering six hits in the Bears’ 5-1 victory over York at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark, N.J. Bumstead, who brought a 5.60 ERA into the start, carried a shutout into the ninth inning before surrendering a long solo homer to Chris Ashby.

Newark jumped on York starter Dave Gil (pictured) in the second inning. Former Revolution infielder Vic Gutierrez hammered a three-run double that gave the Bears (7-11, 46-42) all the offense they would need. Jose Herrera also launched his second homer in two days — a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh off Gil. Gil allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits in seven innings of work. He also committed a costly throwing error in Newark’s three-run second.

York’s best chance to score came in the seventh. Shea Hillenbrand reached on a wild pitch after striking out and Matt Padgett followed with a single. Then Matt Dryer ripped a single up the middle, but Hillenbrand was thrown out by a wide margin at home by Newark’s Keith Reed.

Hillenbrand also saw his Revolution season-best 20-game hitting streak come to an end. The former Major League All-Star lined out to Reed in center in his final at-bat and finished 0-for-4. He came up two games short of tying York’s all-time best hitting streak, which was accomplished by Rayner Bautista and Nate Espy last year.

The Revs (9-9, 39-49) missed out on a chance to grab a share of the Freedom Division lead and now stand at 6-24 all-time against Newark. The Bears snapped a five-game losing skid.

Player of the Game: Mike Bumstead (Newark). Bumstead struck out seven and never allowed the Revs to piece together any consistent threat. He was aided by some great defense from Reed, one of the Atlantic League’s best center fielders, and he silenced an offense that entered the game with a .389 team batting average over the last 12 games. Not too shabby.

Notes: Gil threw a tailor-made double play ball into center field in the second to start Newark’s rally. He also failed to field a ball off the mound later in the inning on a fairly routine play, but the play was scored a hit. … York dropped to 3-13 all-time at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium. … Lancaster (10-8) remains a game ahead of the Revs in the Freedom Division standings. … Wayne Franklin will try to get York a series win Wednesday in an 11:05 a.m. start.

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