Somerset Patriots (76-46, 29-23) @ York Revolution (70-52, 29-23)
Monday, September 1, 2014
Santander Stadium: York, PA
MONDAY'S SLUGFEST GOES TO PATRIOTS
After winning their highest scoring game of the season the day before, the York Revolution dropped a slugfest to the Somerset Patriots 11-8 on Labor Day evening at Santander Stadium. York’s four-game winning streak is snapped with the loss, denied a series sweep. The Revs embark on a six-game road trip beginning on Tuesday night in Bridgeport.
The high-octane offenses matched wits early in the game. Each team scored twice in the first, as the Patriots received an RBI double from Aharon Eggleston and an RBI single from Corey Smith, while York tied the game on a two-run homer to right-center by Travis Garcia.
Both teams scored once more in the second, with Shea Harris providing an RBI single for Somerset, and Justin Greene doing the same for the Revs, evening the score at 3-3.
Somerset landed a big blow with three runs in the fourth, coming on five hits. Brian Barden broke the tie with an RBI single to left, Harris added another RBI single, and Jeff Dominguez increased the lead to 6-3 with an RBI ground rule double to right-center.
Alberto Espinosa ripped an RBI single to center field in the bottom of the fourth as the Revs closed back within 6-4.
Somerset again put up a run in the fifth on an RBI double to right by Daryle Ward for a 7-4 lead. The Patriots then enjoyed their biggest inning of the game, plating four runs in the sixth. Adam Donachie launched a solo home run to left, Smith added an RBI double, another run crossed on an error, and Ward ripped an RBI single to center for the scoring plays as Somerset built an 11-4 advantage.
The Revs got back in the game with a four-spot of their own. After back-to-back hit by pitches landed reliever Matt Sommo in hot water, Espinosa ripped an RBI single to right-center, before consecutive wild pitches plated Tim Battle with another run. Eric Patterson would later add an RBI groundout, and Garcia drove in another run on a single to center, bringing the Revs within 11-8.
The game ended with a surprisingly quiet finish, however, given the performance from the offenses over the first six innings. York reliever Bryan Morgado worked 3.1 scoreless innings to tame Somerset’s bats, while three Patriot relievers each worked perfect innings to keep the Revs at bay, wrapped up by Jon Hunton’s league-record 43rd save of the season.
Revs starter Alain Quijano (10-8) suffered the loss, allowing a season-high 11 runs (eight earned) over 5.2 innings. Quijano falls to 0-4 on the season against Somerset, while having gone 10-4 with a 3.33 ERA against the rest of the league.
Patriots starter David Harden (2-5) pitched well enough to win, allowing four runs (three earned) over five innings of work.
Notes: The Revs scored 34 runs while batting .321 as a team in the four-game series. York pitching allowed a season-high 11 runs for the second consecutive game, and has allowed double digits in three of the past seven contests after previously having endured no such games all season. The Patriots totaled 18 hits, tying a season-high allowed by York. Tuesday’s opener in Bridgeport is set for a 7:05 p.m. start with Jorge Martinez (7-8, 3.72) getting the ball for the Revs in the series opener. York fans can catch the action live on SportsRadio 1350, woyk1350.com, and on the WOYK mobile apps beginning at 6:45 p.m. with Darrell Henry on the call.