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Game 123: Long Island 2, York 1; Game 124: Long Island 7, York 6

Through all the offensive outbursts, through all the pitching gems and through all the thrilling second-half victories, one vital cog of the York Revolution has played the role of savior many times.

The bullpen.

The guys who throw the gas. The men with ice water running through their veins. They’ve been the ones shortening games and bailing the Revs out of jams for weeks. But even a dominant group has off-days. Sunday just happened to be that day.

York’s bullpen, which entered the day with a 3.04 ERA in the last 35 games, coughed up one-run leads in both games of a doubleheader against Long Island. The Ducks captured a 2-1 decision in Game 1 and a 7-6 win in the nightcap before an announced crowd of 4,795 at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

Travis Phelps, who hadn’t allowed a run in 12 appearances since an outing July 29, surrendered a two-run double in the sixth inning of Game 1. Then Franklin Nunez blew his second save in eight chances in Game 2 — allowing an RBI single in the eighth inning. Both games were scheduled for seven innings.

Both losses also helped York (30-24, 60-64) squander a valuable opportunity to make up ground in the standings. Second-place Newark lost two one-run games in a doubleheader at Camden and the Revs’ lead in the Freedom Division is still two games with 16 games to go.

“We had the lead in both games and just couldn’t hold it. Plain and simple,” said manager Chris Hoiles, whose team was 8-0 against Long Island (31-25, 63-63) at home before Sunday’s double dip. “It’s frustrating at this time of the year when you’re going to play a lot of one-run games. We’ve won a lot of them but today we couldn’t hold it in both games.”

Baserunning mistakes were a large culprit in York’s Game 1 loss. Chris Ashby was picked off in the first with runners at the corners and Jose Enrique Cruz was caught in a rundown in the third. Both blunders squashed what could have been big rallies and ruined a win for Dave Gil (five innings, no runs).

And the story of Game 2’s loss was a difficult start for Aaron Rakers, a blown 6-0 lead and then Nunez’s trouble. Rakers allowed five earned runs in five innings and Nunez (2-1) gave up the tying run in the sixth before surrendering the winning run in the seventh.

Both losses also spoiled numerous fine defensive plays from York, which entered the day with a league-worst 142 errors. Kennard Jones and Cruz made diving plays.

“As a team we expect more of ourselves and with a six-run lead in a seven-inning game, with a team like ours, we’re supposed to close it out,” said Jones (pictured above), who extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 4-for-8 day. “You put up six runs in a seven-inning game, it’s supposed to be closed. Bottom line.”

*John Pavoncello photo.

GAME 1

Long Island — 000◊002◊0 — 2◊5◊1

York — 100◊000◊0 — 1◊5◊0

WP: Leek (11-3). LP: Phelps (2-3). Notables: Kevin Haverbusch (LI): 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Chris Ashby (Y), 1-for-3, 1 RBI; Kennard Jones (Y), 2-for-3, triple; Dave Gil (Y) 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; Randy Leek (LI), 6 IP, 4H, 1 R, O ER, 1 BB, 4 K.

Batson signed: After a 2-1 loss to Long Island in Game 1 of a doubleheader Sunday, the York Revolution made another roster move, signing right-hander Byron Batson. The Revs placed David Gil on the inactive list to make room for Batson on the 25-man active roster.

Batson pitched for York last season and played in the Atlantic League earlier this year for Somerset. He was 0-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 37 2/3 innings for the Patriots. He is a journeyman in the Atlantic League and has pitched for six different organizations (Newark, Pennsylvania Road Warriors, Long Island, Bridgeport, Somerset and York). He won a ring in the league with Newark in 2002.

Batson, 29, was 2-2 with a 5.16 ERA for the Revolution last season in 75 innings. He made six starts in 26 appearances. Placing Gil on the inactive list should give the Revolution options in the coming days because Gil’s turn in the rotation won’t come up for another four games.

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5 Responses

  1. Any word on why Somerset let Batson go? A 4.30 ERA is pretty solid in the Atlantic League.

    Do you expect Batson to take Gil’s place in the rotation, or will they use him from the pen?

  2. This is what Ryan Dunleavy of the Courier News had on Batson’s release:

    “He had a real good run but (recently) he’s been getting hit real hard,” Somerset manager Sparky Lyle said. “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.”

    I didn’t ask, but I doubt Batson will be starting games. I think York will make another roster move when Gil’s turn comes up in the rotation — although I’ll have to confirm this.

  3. Still not sure why Dryer is in the lineup. 0 for 6 today with 5k’s. He must play better on the road, because I don’t see it much at home. With Aspito’s numbers this year why wouldn’t you want him the DH role when not playing in RF?

  4. With Clemente’s addition especially, Sunday was a tough day for Dryer. Clemente has the type of resume that dictates he should be playing quite a bit down the stretch — plus he made an incredible throw Sunday from right field on a one-hopper off the wall.

    But you have to keep in mind Dryer is an all or nothing player. He hit a team-record nine homers in August and is the Revolution’s all-time leader in homers (34). He’s earned a little leeway even if he does have 101 strikeouts in 325 at-bats.

  5. Messing with the chemistry of a winning team the last two weeks of the season? I wonder about that.

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