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Game 120: Bridgeport 8, York 4

Since a franchise-record, eight-game winning streak vaulted the York Revolution well in front of the Freedom Division pack, York has struggled to get another similar streak going.

Sloppy defense ensured that trend continued Tuesday night in Bridgeport, Conn.

York committed three errors — all in the third inning — and lost an 8-4 decision to Bridgeport before an announced crowd of 928 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Two of the miscues came from Keoni De Renne, who now has 32 errors on the year, and the Revs (28-22, 58-62) left 13 men on base for the night.

The game against Bridgeport (25-25, 58-62) also included a 1 hour and 11-minute rain delay. And even though York rallied from an 8-1 deficit and had 15 hits, the Revs couldn’t get the big hit to climb all the way back into the game.

There was also quite the embarrassing play in the third inning. After Kennard Jones singled, Matt Esquivel followed with a single to put runners at the corners. Then after Jason Aspito fouled out to third, Esquivel was picked off first in the old fake to third, throw to first trick from Bluefish starter Jordan Pals. The play helped squash what could have been a big rally.

York’s scoring came on RBI singles from Matt Padgett, Kaz Tanaka and Jones and on an RBI double from Jason Aspito. The Revs are 8-8 since the franchise-best win streak.

Dave Gil (4-6) took the loss for York Tuesday after being removed after only 2 2/3 innings. He allowed seven runs — although only two were earned — and eight hits while working on a pitch count following a biceps injury.

The Revs did manage to stay 2½ games ahead in the Freedom Division. Second-place Newark was a 12-4 loser against Southern Maryland.

Batson released from Somerset: A night after being ejected in a heated 13-5 loss against Camden, Somerset parted ways with Atlantic League journeyman and former Revolution pitcher Byron Batson. The ejection was not related to Batson’s release. “He had a real good run but (recently) he’s been getting hit real hard,” Somerset manager Sparky Lyle told Ryan Dunleavy of the Courier News. “He’s a good guy and he’s the type of pitcher that will eat up innings. You need a guy like that on a team.”

Batson is sort of an enigma in the Atlantic League. He’s pitched in independent baseball since 2001 and in the Atlantic League since 2002 with six different teams (Newark, Pennsylvania Road Warriors, Bridgeport, Long Island, York and Somerset). He earned a championship ring with the Bears in ’02.


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