Game 135: York 5, Newark 3

NEWARK, N.J. — After Newark’s Keith Reed had just launched a ball into orbit for a two-run homer, Wayne Franklin dropped his head and sulked on the mound.

He had just given up a game-tying homer. He couldn’t find his release point. And he was playing the part of human rain delay as he struggled to find a rhythm.

Then third-base umpire Dan Wilson handed him a new baseball as Franklin said, “That was the right pitch, just the wrong location.”

To which Wilson replied: “Don’t throw it there anymore.”

Franklin laughed, loosened up and most importantly remembered to play baseball through the rest of his outing. The calmed nerves led to three more shutout innings and Franklin ended the day with six innings, only three earned runs allowed and the win in York’s 5-3 victory over Newark Wednesday at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. 

The win helped the Revs (37-28, 67-68) take their first series in 12 tries against the Bears (33-33, 72-64) and moved their magic number down to one.

“Things kind of clicked after that and he kind of made me laugh,” said Franklin (11-5), who gave the Revs a big boost heading into a five-game series with Lancaster to end the regular season. “This was a defining moment for us. We showed a lot of grit after losing two of three in Long Island.”

York jumped on the scoreboard early off Newark starter Jeff Blitstein. Luis Taveras and Jose Enrique Cruz smacked back-to-back solo homers in the third and after Newark took a brief 3-2 lead, the Revs’ offense struck again.

Kennard Jones walked to start the seventh and later came around to score on a throwing error from Willis Otanez. Then Matt Padgett delivered an RBI single to center that scored Chris Ashby and helped York reclaim some dignity in a stadium where the Revs have been dominated by the Bears repeatedly.

“We haven’t really competed with these guys all season long,” Padgett said. “It was definitely good to take two of three from them and shut them down for the playoffs. Now we only have one team to worry about.”

The Revolution also received solid work from its bullpen in the win. Travis Phelps (two innings, three strikeouts) and Franklin Nunez (10th save) shut the door on the Bears.

Now York will turn to July’s Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month, Aaron Rakers (10-8, 4.46 ERA), Thursday night against the visiting Barnstormers. And the Revs just might have the opportunity to douse each other with some bubbly if they can manage a win.

“It’s a huge sigh of relief to win here,” manager Chris Hoiles said. “We did it at a time where we needed it and the guys deserve all the credit.”

York — 002◊010◊100 — 5◊9◊2

Newark — 002◊100◊00 — 3◊7◊1

Revs 3rd: Luis Taveras and Jose Enrique Cruz hit back-to-back solo homers (2-0 York).

Newark 3rd: Keith Reed’s two-run homer scores Ramon Nivar (2-2).

Newark 4th: Ramon Castro’s RBI double to the gap in left scores Ramon Nivar (3-2 Newark).

York 5th: Edgard Clemente solo homer to deep left center (3-3).

York 7th: Willis Otanez’s throwing error allows Kennard Jones to score from second (4-3); Matt Padgett RBI single up the middle scores Chris Ashby (5-3).

WP: Franklin (11-5). LP: Blitstein (2-1). S: Nunez (10).

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9 Responses

  1. The magic number is one!!! We can do this. Take to lancaster tomorrow night boys!!!!

  2. LET’S DO IT!!!

  3. Forget “Everybody hits” tonights it’s “Everbody Whiffs!!”

    We’re Rakin’ the suburbs….just like Aaron Rakers did…Rakin’ the suburbs…oh yes he is talented….

    (apologies to Ben Folds just a tad excited today…)

  4. Lancaster is calling a “Code Red” for tonight so lets have a “CODE WHITE” for this last series

  5. Ballin!

  6. If the Code Red is the case I really hope the Revs wear their Red jersey’s to make that seem a tad foolish hahah

  7. Is this guy the only fan this team has???

    GO STORMERS!!!!!

  8. LOL. That would be funny Boom… outta here.

    REVOLUTION!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Bye Bye little booby…..

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