York Again Fails In Quest To “Take Out Somerset”

(PR) York, PA – The Somerset Patriots overcame an early five-run hole and defeated the York Revolution 10-7 in 10 innings on Thursday night at Sovereign Bank Stadium, winning their sixth in a row and completing a second straight series sweep.

The Patriots found themselves down 7-3 after six innings but would not allow another York run for the rest of the game and spent the next three times at-bat chipping away at the Revolution lead. The Patriots would score a run in the seventh and added a pair in the eighth when Wayne Lydon followed up a leadoff walk to Elliott Ayala with a double. A one-out Jeff Nettles sacrifice fly brought one run home while a Ramon Castro throwing error to first on a Matt Hagen grounder allowed Lydon to put an unearned tally on the board, cutting the deficit to one.

After taking the loss in the previous game, Francis Beltran entered in the ninth hoping for the save but his night began with back-to-back base hits from Tim Raines Jr. and Iggy Suarez. Joe Burke executed a sacrifice bunt moving two into scoring position and Ayala would complete the comeback with a sacrifice fly, bringing in Raines to knot the affair up at 7-7. Ben Grezlovski, in his Patriot debut, looked for the hold in bottom of the frame and induced a double play off the bat of Manriquez, clearing the bases. After allowing another single, Grezlovski (1-0) retired Jeroloman to send the game to extra innings.

That brought Dewon Day, making his York debut, in for the tenth and after Raines reached on a fielder’s choice, Suarez picked up a single which banged off the first base bag into the right field grass, allowing Raines to sprint to third. Burke stood back in and ripped a double to left, bringing home the go-ahead runs. Burke got to third after Chuck Jeroloman’s relay throw sailed over the head of catcher Salomon Manriquez and with Ayala up, Day (0-1) fired a wild pitch behind him and back to the screen, giving Burke the chance to race home for the final run of the game. Ryan Houston, on for the third straight night, pitched another perfect inning to notch his second save of the set, closing the books on a four-hour contest.

In a game riddled with lost chances, Somerset stranded 15 runners while the Revs left 11 on base. The Patriots had the bases loaded with one out in both the fifth and seven innings and only brought one run home in each frame, and left the bases loaded in the ninth with the go-ahead runs on base. York, on the other hand, ran into several outs including a pair of big double plays in the late frames. James Shanks tallied a run-scoring base hit in the fourth but Jamar Hill ran into an out at home plate. With Matt Reilly on for the seventh, York had a runner at third and a three-run advantage. Liu Rodrigeuz lined a comebacker to Reilly who made the catch and whipped a throw behind Castro, doubling him up to end the threat. Carlos Hines pitched for the first time in eight days, coming into a one-run game in the eighth. With Castro at second and one out, Hill singled into right, took a big turn around the bag, and would be tagged out when Hines cut off the relay throw and caught him in a rundown. Suarez saw Castro caught between third and home and forced another rundown leading to an out at the plate.

The Patriots trailed 4-0 after the first frame when starter Tom Mastny put the first three batters on and gave up a Jose Herrera grand slam. Mastny was done after two innings of work, allowing five hits and walking three. Casey Cahill would allow a run in the third, putting the Revolution up 5-0, their largest lead of the contest. Cahill threw four innings out of the bullpen with three runs coming across on eight hits, but kept the game close allowing the offense to begin the comeback. Raines cracked a two-run home run off of York starter Ben Zimmerman in the fourth to start the scoring and Pete LaForest brought in a run in the fifth on a fielder’s choice. Zimmerman finished 4.1 innings, allowing three runs, two earned with three walks and five strikeouts on six hits.

Somerset (7-5) comes back to TD Bank Ballpark on Friday to open up a four-game set with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in a rematch of last season’s championship series. Jesse Darcy (1-0, 3.60) will take the hill against Jarrett Grube (0-0, 0.00) as coverage begins at 7:00 on 1450, WCTC-AM and online at http://www.wctcam.com and http://www.somersetpatriots.com. The gates open at 6:00 pm and the first 2,000 fans receive a commemorative Five-Time Champions hat, courtesy of Wells Fargo Advisors.

NOTES: The win marks back-to-back come-from-behind victories…the five-run deficit is the largest overcome by the Patriots this season…the Patriots swept York July 31-August 2, 2009 at TD Bank Ballpark…the win streak is the longest since Somerset won eight straight from July 30-August 5, 2009…the 4:01 game is the longest played this year…with Raines’ homer, the Patriots have hit one in seven straight games…Josh Pressley missed his third straight game…Houston, in the series, pitched three perfect innings in three nights…Nettles finished the night with three hits, his second three-hit game of the year. Suarez also added a trio of hits, the fourth Patriot to achieve the feat…Cahill’s four innings totaled the longest relief effort of the season by a Patriot.

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