Game 122: York 9, Long Island 2

Maybe it’s a lack of team chemistry. Maybe it’s the long drive down from just outside of New York City. Maybe it’s just one of those quirky things in sports.

But no matter which way you slice it, it doesn’t change the truth.

Long Island simply can’t win a game at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

York’s offense came alive behind a solid outing from Rolando Viera and the Revolution garnered a 9-2 win over the Ducks Friday night before an announced crowd of 4,225.

The Ducks (29-25, 61-63) have now lost all eight games they have played at Sovereign Bank Stadium this year and they only have two more games left to avoid going 0-for-the-season in York. Long Island is also just 3-12 against the Revs (30-22, 60-62) overall on the year.

Viera (3-1) was tremendous again after starting York’s postponed game in Bridgeport Wednesday night. Viera only pitched one inning in that game and the lefty went six innings, allowing just six hits and one earned run Friday night. Jason Olson (one scoreless inning) and Wayne Franklin (two innings, one earned run) finished out the win for the Revs.

On offense, Kennard Jones provided a big blow with a three-run homer — his sixth of the year. And third baseman Kenny Perez (pictured) had a big game in his first game back with York. Perez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

George Sandel also had a strong first start for York. The former Blue Crab went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Matt Padgett (2-for-4, two runs) and Jason Aspito (1-for-3, two runs) also had solid games for York.

Alay Soler (3-5) took the loss for Long Island. The former New York Met only lasted four innings and surrendered seven earned runs.

Unfortunately for the Revs, Newark was also a winner once again Friday night and York’s lead in the Freedom Division is still just two games. York will turn to Aaron Rakers (9-8, 4.35 ERA) against Long Island ace Randy Leek (10-3, 3.81) Saturday night.


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