Big Loss In York

(PR) York, PA – With first place on the line, the York bullpen allowed just two of the 13 men it faced to reach base over 3.2 innings of work as the Revolution defeated the Somerset Patriots 6-2 on Tuesday night at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The Revolution extended their Freedom Division advantage to 1.5 games over Somerset.

Trailing 3-0 in the 6th, Somerset got back-to-back doubles from Joe Holden and Tim Raines Jr. to plate a run against York starter Corey Thurman. The former Blue Jay gave up an infield single to Josh Pressley, moving Raines to third, and finally recorded an out by fanning Matt Hagen. After his first walk of the night to Michael Hernandez, Thurman (6-3) was pulled in favor of RJ Rodriguez to face Jason Belcher with the bases loaded and just one out. Rodriguez got the Patriot backstop to pop out and retired Iggy Suarez on strikes to finish the frame as the Patriots left the bases loaded twice in the first six innings, leaving seven men on during those frames. Rodriguez, along with Matt Riley, pitched through the 8th, combining for 2.2 perfect innings of work, striking out six batters after Thurman had struck out seven. Sean Stidfole threw the 9th and after getting the first two batters, gave up a Joe Burke solo homer. An error allowed Elliott Ayala to reach base but those would be the only two men to get aboard over the final 3.2 innings.

The Revolution notched 15 hits against the Patriot staff including 10 against starter Justin Jones. The southpaw was solid through the first three innings, giving up four hits but inducing a pair of double play balls. But a pair of three hit York innings in the 4th and 5th brought home the three runs on Jones’ line. Jones (3-4) went 5.0 innings, giving way to Jesse Darcy in the 6th. Making his second relief appearance of the season, Darcy allowed runs in the 6th and 7th innings while Carlos Hines, in 1.1 innings allowed one hit, a solo homer to Scott Grimes who drove in three for the night.

Somerset (32-25) and York (34-24) tangle again on Wednesday night when Tim Lavigne (0-0, 0.00) makes his first career Atlantic League start against Bob Zimmerman (5-1, 3.81). Coverage begins at 6:55 pm on 1450 WCTC-AM and online at and

NOTES: The 13 strikeouts was one shy of a season-high 14 (June 8 at Lancaster)…the Burke homer was his first since May 9 and his second of the season…the Patriots have homered in six consecutive games tallying eight long bombs in the stretch…Suarez was activated before the game and made his first start since May 31 when he was put on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury. Suarez left the game after striking out in the 6th and was replaced by Burke…the run allowed by Hines marked just the second time in the last 12 outings he has been scored on.

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