Game 134: York 5, Newark 3

NEWARK, N.J. — George Sandel is listed at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds.

And even those numbers suggest he had a pocket full of change and some lolly pops taped to his shoes, a la Bart Simpson, during his physical.

So it’s no surprise that Sandel, 27, has only five career home runs in six pro seasons. Or that he’s gone 374 days since he last hit one.

But during the sixth inning Tuesday night at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, the fact that Sandel missed a tater by a matter of feet was inconsequential. The guy the York Revolution acquired to be the glue role guy on an already capable playoff team came through with one large hit.

Sandel’s RBI double, part of a 3-for-4 night, gave the Revs a big insurance run in a 5-3 victory over the Newark Bears.

“I thought it was foul, to be honest,” said Sandel, who helped York (36-28, 66-68), now 3 1/2 games up on Newark, move its magic number down to three. “I’m not a strong guy and I didn’t really get all of it.

“But this was the biggest game all year. We put them (Newark) in a spot where they have to win out. And I’m not saying the rest of the games aren’t important, but this one was big.” 

The hit from Sandel was only the exclamation point in an inning that helped York win at Newark (33-32, 72-63) for only the second time all year and only the fourth time ever (4-17). Matt Padgett roped a laser beam off the center-field wall that scored Matt Esquivel (walk). And Matt Dryer’s RBI single to the left-field gap scored Padgett before Sandel’s big hit.

The offensive support from Sandel and “The Row” — as the three Matts are affectionately known — helped Dan Foli (pictured) conquer his road demons. The right-hander brought a 6.20 ERA on the road into the game. But Foli struck out six over six innings and got a 1-2-3 double play plus another groundout with the bases loaded and no outs to thwart a Bears’ rally in the sixth.

Jason Olson (two innings, two earned runs) and Franklin Nunez (ninth save) closed the game out, although Nunez loaded the bases in the ninth and needed a strikeout against Newark’s Keith Reed on a full count to end it.

“We definitely had to have this after losing that one yesterday (Monday),” Foli (7-7) said. “It was definitely a pressure situation for us.”

The win Tuesday also alleviated a sense of immense pressure on the Revolution. The locker room was the most jovial it has been in weeks after the game. And players were understandably ecstatic after the win. It would take a monumental collapse for York to be denied a playoff berth at this point.

“This win was more than about just the standings,” manager Chris Hoiles said. “It was big for these guys in this clubhouse and it was big all the way around.”

Notes: Chris Ashby went 2-for-5 and hit his first homer since Aug. 20. It was a two-run shot in the first inning. … An announced crowd of 1,681 took in the game at Newark Tuesday night, although the crowd was closer to 400. The people in attendance watched Bears’ manager Wayne Krenchicki provide an entertaining tirade in the sixth. He was tossed arguing a call at third base on Padgett’s triple. … York, 8-29 all-time against Newark, will go for its first series win against the Bears Wednesday.

York — 200◊003◊000 — 5◊9◊1

Newark — 001◊000◊200– 3◊8◊0

Revs 1st: Chris Ashby’s two-run homer to left scores Kennard Jones (York 2-0). (Homer was Ashby’s first since Aug. 20).

Newark 3rd: Keith Reed RBI single scores Bobby Hill (2-1).

Revs 6th: Matt Padgett RBI triple to center scores Matt Esquivel (3-1); Matt Dryer RBI singel to the gap in left center scores Padgett (4-1); George Sandel RBI double off the top of the wall in right scores Dryer (5-1).

Newark 7th: Ramon Nivar two-run homer to left scores Bobby Hill (5-3).

(Revs get leadoff triple from George Sandel in the fifth and fail to score a run; Dan Foli gets out of bases-loaded, no-out situation in the sixth. Foli retires Randall Simon on a 1-2-3 double play and gets Raul Gonzalez to ground out).

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8 Responses

  1. Win tonight, and the Revs could clinch with a win on Thursday at home against the Barnstormers.

    Let’s Do It!

  2. Jeff, correct me if I am wrong but if the Revs win tonight tomorrow would be a possible Division Clincher at home against the ‘Stormers??

    Better yet, a win tonight would all but lock it up considering Newark has only 5 games left where York has 6 as of this morning ( correct?)

    That would mean Lancaster would have to take ALL 5 against the Revs to win the Division, right?

    My math might stink, but if it’s corerct I feel that makes tonight’s game against Newark pretty much (for right now anyways) the most important game of the season…

    GO REVS!!!

  3. Obviously this all hinges on the Revs pulling off quite a feat in taking their first series from the defending AL champs

  4. Bah, bested by 3 minutes, Thanks Paul haha

  5. If Newark wins tonight, all is not lost. If Newark goes on to sweep Sopmerset 4-0 to finish their season, York needs 3 out of 5 from Lancaster to win.

    Sweeping Somerset may not be that easy for Newark. They just won 3 in a row getting ready for their playoff games. If Lancaster gets a win against Somerset and Newark is 3-1 against Somerset, York only needs 2 out of 5 from Lancaster with three of the games in York.

    Another win in Newark would be fantastic., but always a challenge at their ball park. The bottom line is we’re up by 3-1/2 games and the other guys are chasing us!

    I’m going to be at all 5 Lancaster games. I ordered my playoff tickets. And, I’m taking time off work to head for Somerset and beyond (probably Long Island) to see this to the end. What a great way to finsh off the 2008 season.

    GO REVS!!!!

  6. Never said all was lost if they lose homie, just sayin in the context of the here and now it’s probably the most important.

    On a side note: Am I one of the few people who doesn’t buy into this whole ballpark suits them stuff. I mean it’s not like when York comes to bat the outfield fences suddenly move back.

    And as far as preparation goes…I would hope that even the AL has scouting reports….

  7. I just think there are way too many un-accountable factors that go into any given game to support mere coincidental numbers about venue.

    Bottom line you still need 3 outs and to score more runs whether you’re in Newark, York or Mars!

  8. Thanks to everyone for chiming in.

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