Game 140: York 8, Lancaster 7

LANCASTER — On most days, Clipper Magazine Stadium lays claim to one of the most electrifying atmospheres in minor league baseball.

The cowbells jingle. The chants of “Everybody hits,” reverberate throughout the stadium. It seems every fan in attendance is fully invested in the game. 

But after the York Revolution delivered perhaps the knockout blow of the season to the Barnstormers’ glass jaw, an unfamiliar sound flooded the Clip — silence.

York pulled off another comeback Sunday against its Route 30 rival, scoring four runs in the top of the ninth inning and surviving a bases-loaded situation in the bottom half for an 8-7 win before an announced crowd of 6,737. Matt Padgett, who was 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts coming into the ninth, launched a two-run homer over the short porch in right field that proved to be the decisive hit.

And York (41-29, 71-69) completed the second edition of the War of the Roses series with something it was lacking a season ago — the Community Cup. The Revolution, which took four of five over the weekend against the ‘Stormers to finish the season series 11-9, drank beer from the cup afterward like it was a chalice filled with the potion for eternal youth.

“Maybe it was just because of the challenge, because we had to win four of five to get it,” Padgett said of winning the War of the Roses. “It kind of went into the whole weekend. We wanted to clinch (a playoff berth) and then we figured we might as well win the cup too. We didn’t want to take four games off.”

Padgett admitted he was aiming to put a long ball over Lancaster’s Little League-like right field wall in his first few at-bats. But he scrapped that plan against Lancaster’s lefty closer Ryan Cullen and the move paid off when Cullen hung a slider.

His homer was set up nicely by a terrific inning from the Revs, who boast 36 come-from-behind wins in the last 63 wins. Matt Esquivel and Keoni De Renne singled to start the inning. Then after Chris Ashby’s fielder’s choice and Jason Aspito’s lineout, Edgard Clemente ripped a two-run double into the left-field corner. Clemente, a late-season acquisition, also homered for the third time in a Revs’ uniform with an opposite-field, three-run bomb in the first inning.

“When I came in they had a good group of guys, so I was just trying to fit in and do my best,” Clemente said. “I wasn’t going to come in and say, ‘I want to play.’ I’ve just waited for the opportunity to show what I can do.”  

Perhaps the only downer to Sunday’s win over the Barnstormers (34-36, 64-76) was that players continued to drop like the Dow Jones. Kennard Jones came out in the sixth inning after tweaking his groin a day after Matt Dryer (bruised shin) and Rolando Viera (back spasms) were removed early.

But none of the three injuries seem serious and Jones and Dryer both said they expect to play in the playoffs while Viera is slated to pitch in Game 2 of the Freedom Division Series against Somerset. 

Regardless of the injuries, manager Chris Hoiles was intent on playing the final games of the regular season like the Revs have the entire second half — full throttle.

“I’m kind of glad that it happened this way because the last couple have been blowout games,” Hoiles said. “When they won a couple yesterday (Saturday) it (the cup) became a focus of theirs. I give them all the credit. I didn’t make a huge deal about it, but they did. They convinced me about it and we went and got it.”

*John Pavoncello photos.

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5 Responses

  1. Play-off bound AND Community Cup Champs..

    WAY TO SILENCE THE BELL…kind of hard to talk junk now huh Lancaster.

    LET’S ADD THE LAST PIECE…AN A-LEAGUE TITLE

    GO REVS…LET’S DO IT!!

  2. I’m glad the Rev’s won, and sorry that the karma of the Lancaster (majority of) fans had to affect their team. WTG Rev’s best of luck going forward from here!

  3. I enjoy the ribbing of Lancaster and its fans as much as the next guy. But I’d also enjoy some constructive comments on here about the Revs and the playoffs. I guarantee you York won’t make it every year, so enjoy the ride while it lasts.

    Here’s something I had to leave out of the game story: After Keoni De Renne made his 36th error in the bottom of the eighth that allowed a run to score, he and George Sandel combined for an amazing play to end the game.

    De Renne ranged into the third-base hole, then threw a ball in the dirt to second base that Sandel picked out while going full extension.

    Very nice way to end the regular season.

  4. Very true about enjoying it while it lasts. But the nice thing about the way the A-League works is at least going in to each year there is a 50/50 chance.

    Much better odds than in the affiliated game.

  5. That rotation looks very strong in my mind as long as Viera’s spams truly are nothing (and I’m hoping his getting pulled Saturday was merely precautionary)

    Only thing I’m slightly worried about however is Thurman (I know I know this goes against 99% of the fan base) in Game 3. I’m not saying I would know of a better solution, but the idea of someone who is so “feast or famine” at times in a possible deciding game worries me a little.

    Offensively I see no reason why this shouldn’t at least be extremely competitive, if not a 3-game victory for the REVS!!

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