Game 89: Newark 7, York 3

With the opportunity to take its first series ever against Newark, disaster struck for the York Revolution.

The Bears scored seven runs in the worst first inning in Revolution history to key a 7-3 win Thursday afternoon at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium. Wayne Franklin allowed three straight singles to start the first and then lost control of the strike zone. He walked Keith Reed and Willis Otanez with the bases loaded to force in two runs and Raul Gonzalez followed with a grand slam to force Franklin from the game in the shortest start in York history (1/3 of an inning). The lefty also was dealing with an apparent hand injury.

Dan Foli came on for the Revs (9-10, 39-50) but Newark (8-11, 47-42) scored one more on a throwing error to cap all the offense it would need. On the bright side, Foli pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, Matt Trent also held Newark at bay for two innings and Saul Solveson wrapped up the game with three scoreless frames of his own.

Newark’s Benito Baez dodged trouble throughout the game and finished with seven innings, two runs (one earned) and four strikeouts. He also sent York to a 6-25 all-time record against the Bears and an 0-10 record in all-time series with Newark.

The Revs stranded 11 runners in the game, including seven in scoring position. Two of York’s three runs were scored on RBI groundouts (Jose Enrique Cruz and Matt Esquivel) and Keoni De Renne’s sacrifice fly plated the other run. It was another day filled with struggles on offense for the Revs, who only manged one run in Wednesday’s 5-1 loss.

Notes: Wayne Franklin’s struggles continued and he’s failed to get out of the third inning in two of his last three starts. In the other outing, the lefty gave up seven earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. … Chris Ashby’s hitting streak now stands at 15 games. … Shea Hillenbrand got an infield hit in the second inning to start a new hitting streak. … The Revs are 1-5 against in 11:00 a.m. starts this year.

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