Game 106: York 3, Somerset 2

Editor’s Note: Chris Ashby’s Atlantic League-record 31-game hitting streak came to an end Sunday at Somerset. Ashby went 0-for-4 in the Revs’ win.

With two starters battling nagging injuries, there was no hiding the fact that the York Revolution needed a quality start on Sunday.

Rolando Viera delivered just that.

Viera pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings and only allowed three hits in York’s 3-2 win over Somerset at Commerce Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, N.J. Viera (pictured) only dealt with trouble once in the seventh when two Patriots reached base. But the Cuban-born left-hander induced a groundout to halt the Somerset rally and give the Revs (21-15, 51-55) wins in two of three games in an important Freedom Division series.

The Patriots (17-17, 57-47) got an RBI single in the eighth from slugger Josh Pressley. But York’s Franklin Nunez came into the game to retire Matt Hagen on a groundout with the tying run in scoring position to finish out the eighth.

Then after Nunez (pictured) allowed back-to-back doubles to Jason Belcher and Travis Anderson to cut the lead to one in the ninth, he retired Elliot Ayala on a sacrifice bunt, induced a bunt out from Gera Alvarez on a botched squeeze play and struck out Sean Smith on a check swing to end the game. The theatrical save was Nunez’s third in three chances since re-joining York last week.

Somerset’s Aaron Fultz (eight-plus innings, three earned runs) was nearly as impressive as Viera. But York manufactured two of its three runs with small ball.

Sandy Aracena started off the third and fifth by reaching base, Jose Enrique Cruz laid down two perfect sacrifice bunts and Keoni De Renne singled both times to put runners at first and third. Then Kennard Jones responded with two sacrifice flies deep to the outfield to drive in Aracena for York’s first two runs.

The Revs’ Matt Dryer added a long solo homer in the ninth for his fourth home run in five games to give York the eventual game-winning run.

York has won nine of 10 games and now has a three-game advantage in the Freedom Division. The Revolution will start a three-game series Monday at Southern Maryland.

Notes: Chris Ashby’s Atlantic League-record hitting streak came to an end Sunday. Ashby, who had a scoring decision changed from Saturday’s game to extend his hitting streak to 31, went 0-for-4 Sunday. He flew out deep to the warning track in his first at-bat. … De Renne got the start in the leadoff spot and had three hits. Two of those hits were a huge part of York’s first two runs.

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One Response

  1. Well Sir Jeff, this team is starting to make a believer out of me. 2 out of 3 in Somerset is huge, and the pitching seems to be in place. Playoffs? I never had a doubt.

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