(June 19, 2022 – Staten Island, NY): Carlos Franco crushed his league-leading 19th home run and Nellie Rodriguez drove in three runs but the York Revolution dropped the final game of a 12-game road trip, 9-6 to the Staten Island FerryHawks on Sunday evening at Staten Island University Hospital Northwell Health Community Park, denied of a series sweep. The Revs conclude their road trip with a 7-5 mark, tying a franchise record for most victories on a single road trip.
York jumped ahead in the top of the first as Rodriguez skied a sac fly to right and Franco launched a two-run homer down the right field line for a quick 3-0 lead.
Staten Island answered in its half of the first as Stephen Alemais doubled to right, stole third and scored on a throwing error by catcher Jhon Nunez. Ricardo Cespedes cracked a two-run homer to right field an inning later as the FerryHawks quickly tied the game at 3-3.
The Revs went back ahead in the top of the third when Rodriguez lined a two-run double to the alley in left-center for a 5-3 lead, giving him three RBI on the day and an even 30 on the season.
Joseph Monge cut the lead to 5-4 on a sac fly in the bottom of the fourth, but that out began a stretch on which Revs starter Alex Sanabia set down eight of nine batters through the end of the sixth.
Staten Island starter Matt Solter settled down to retire 11 straight into the seventh, but Troy Stokes Jr. provided an insurance run with an RBI double to the gap in left-center, giving the Revs a 6-4 lead.
The FerryHawks once again cut the margin to one as Monge reached on an error and came around to score on a passed ball on a dropped third strike, as the Revs’ usually stout defense sprung a leak and shrunk the lead to 6-5.
Disaster struck for the Revs an inning later as the FerryHawks scored four runs on one play with a single and three errors. Alfredo Reyes reached on an infield single to start the inning and Cespedes singled up the middle on an 0-2 pitch after failing to get down two bunt attempts. Andres Noriega bunted into a fielder’s choice on which Reyes was safe at third, loading the bases with no outs. Javier Betancourt smacked a game-tying RBI single to left with the go-ahead run scoring on a bobble by left fielder JC Encarnacion. A third run came home when center fielder Connor Lien’s throw home bounced away, and Betancourt was awarded home on an interference call as Staten Island took its first lead of the day in stunning fashion.
Former Revs righty Victor Capellan closed it out with a ground ball double play in the top of the ninth, sending the Revs into Monday’s off-day with the 9-6 defeat.
The Revs will host the Lancaster Barnstormers on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to open a six-game homestand. It is Youth Soccer Night, Sunset vs. the Revs, WellSpan Sports Medicine Silver Slugger Tuesday, and Baseball Bingo presented by Edgar Snyder and Associates. Tickets are on sale at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Shipley Energy Ticket Office.