Game 133: Newark 10, York 6

NEWARK, N.J. — The shot off Jason Aspito’s bat echoed in the brisk night air at “The Den” Monday night. And it’s a matter of debate whether the monstrous three-run home run, which cleared a five-story parking garage 405 feet away from home plate, has even landed yet.

But ultimately the big blow that gave Aspito 23 homers and 100 RBIs on the season was just a fun footnote to another loss at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium for the York Revolution.

The Revs’ taxed pitching staff was battered around once again in a 10-6 loss before an announced crowd of 1,996, which was realistically about 150 strong. York (35-28, 65-68) has lost seven of eight games in Newark this year and 13 of 16 all-time.

“If we put together a big inning the two times we had the bases loaded, it’s a different story,” said Revolution manager Chris Hoiles, whose club only got one run off a base-loaded situation in the third inning and killed another bases-loaded chance in the eighth with a double play. “It has to happen sometime (York winning at Newark).”

Aspito, who also drove in a fourth run when he was hit by a pitch, has now set the Revolution franchise record for homers and RBIs, although he’s had the luxury of playing a 140-game season while Nate Espy — the previous home run (22) and RBI (90) record holder — played a 126-game slate last year. But the gaudy statistics mean little to Aspito right now.

York has squandered its recent chances to lock down a playoff berth and is only 2 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Bears (33-31, 72-62). The Revs’ magic number sits at five with seven games to go.

“I think after the year is over, I’ll be real happy with that (the individual accomplishments),” said Aspito, who has annihilated his career high in homers (12) and RBIs (61). “Yeah we got back in the game, but all I’m worried about is winning ballgames. I think we have the team to do that and it would be fun to make the playoffs and see what happens.”

Rolando Viera, who carried a 1.56 ERA into his start and hadn’t allowed a run on the road in two stellar outings, was knocked around for nine earned runs in six innings and saw his ERA jump to 3.11 on Monday. But despite surrendering three-run bombs to Newark’s Jose Herrera and Ramon Castro, Hoiles said he felt Viera didn’t pitch horribly.

A bigger problem for the Revs is a pitching staff that has been through the ringer recently. York has played three doubleheaders in the last 10 days and has another twinbill Saturday in a five-game, season-ending series with Lancaster.

“Right now, with these doubleheaders, our bullpen is pretty much spent,” Hoiles said. “Byron (Batson) came in and gave us two innings tonight and he was on fumes. (Juan) Padilla has thrown back-to-back games. Wayne (Franklin) has to start Wednesday. Right now we’re just trying to get guys back on track.” 

York — 011◊040◊000 — 6◊11◊0
Newark — 303◊003◊01X — 10◊15◊0

Revs 2nd: Edgard Clemente solo homer to right-center (3-1 Newark).

Revs 3rd: Jason Aspito hit by pitch scores Jose Enrique Cruz (3-2 Newark).

Revs 5th: Jason Aspito mammoth three-run homer scores Kennard Jones, Keoni De Renne (6-5 Newark); Luis Taveras sacrifice fly to the warning track scores Edgard Clemente (6-6).

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