Game 121: York 7, Long Island 4

Just when you thought you’d seen it all at your local Atlantic League ballpark, the unthinkable unfolds before your eyes.

The York Revolution broke its team record for consecutive hits in an inning for the second time this week Thursday night against Long Island. The Revs rifled eight straight base hits in the second inning and rallied from a four-run deficit in the process on the way to a 7-4 victory before an announced crowd of 3,547 at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

The seven-run inning was so monstrous that cleanup man Jason Aspito made the first and second outs in the inning. York (29-22, 59-62) pasted five doubles in the frame — and a season-high six for the game — while breaking the previous record for consecutive hits set Monday at Bridgeport (seven).

“We always seem to turn around and hit the ball hard and put some heat on the pitcher (after we get down),” said Sam Snider, who was serving as interim manager with Chris Hoiles in Ohio attending to a family obligation. “Tippy (Martinez) had the pitching already drawn up. Whether Chris (Hoiles) was doing it, or I was doing it, I’m sure that’s how he wanted to use his pitchers. It’s nice that it all falls right into place.”

The offensive barrage in the second inning also featured a brief cameo from “Matts’ Row” — the trio of Matt Esquivel, Matt Dryer and Matt Padgett. The three, who have grown close throughout the year, all smashed doubles while Dryer and Padgett’s two-baggers plated runs.

The members of “Matts’ Row” even made a trip to the nearby mall while in Bridgeport, Conn. on the Revolution’s recent road trip. They had fitted hats made up featuring “The Row” on the front side and “1/3” on each of the three hats’ backs.

“You know, away from the field you’ll always find us three together,” Esquivel (pictured above) said. “It’s weird because the three of us don’t realize it that much. We just have a good time with each other and enjoy each other’s company. In some kind of sick way, we think alike and our personalities all complement one another’s.”

All the offense helped Corey Thurman become the first York pitcher with 10 wins this season. Thurman (10-7) gave up five hits and four earned runs over the first two innings but retired 11 of 13 after his teammates staked him to a three-run lead. The June Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month finished with five strikeouts.

York’s dominance also continued over the Ducks (29-24, 61-62) even though the Revolution mustered just two hits after the second inning. The Revs are 11-3 overall against Long Island this season and a flawless 7-0 at home.

Note: York’s rainout with Bridgeport from Wednesday night will be made up next Wednesday at Sovereign Bank Stadium as part of a doubleheader. Both games will be seven innings with the action starting at 5:07 p.m.

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2 Responses

  1. If this “The Row” business catches on enough, I smell a future promotion….

    In any game featuring “The Row” (in tact of course, not scattered or partially through the line up) should one of them homer those seated in row M of any section wins a free….

    you guessed it…a free sorry-A** sales pitch with a deceptive catch disguised as a genuie give-away!!!

  2. We’ve referred to “The Row” as the 3M’s. Any way you reference them, they certainly made for an exciting 2nd inning last night.
    This is for Don & Section 5 — HIT THE WALL!!!! It sure paid off last night!

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