Game 5: Patriots Fall, 1-0

(PR) York, PA – In 17 half innings of baseball, one single run scored and it belonged to the York Revolution as they defeated the Somerset Patriots in Game 5 of the Freedom Division Championship Series at Sovereign Bank Stadium on Sunday night. The Revolution will face the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Atlantic League Championship Series in their first ever trip to the finals as the Patriots’ season comes to a close.

The games’ only run scored in an odd sequence when Andrew Dobies entered the game in the 7th. James Shanks led off the inning with a bunt single but as catcher Jason Belcher fielded the ball, he wildly threw towards first base and sent the toss sailing into right field towards the wall. Shanks would take two more bases before Ian Bladergroen sent a fly ball down the left field line, deep enough to bring the run home, giving the Revs a 1-0 lead. The run against Dobies (0-1) came in unearned.

Joel Kirsten and Matt DeSalvo squared off in a classic pitcher’s duel with neither allowing a run. DeSalvo allowed just two base runners through his first six frames before Jeff Nettles and Josh Pressley singled to push the starter out. With runners at the corners, Michael Nix entered and got a Noah Hall fielder’s choice before inducing a Matt Hagen double play. Nix (1-0) got all three outs of the 7th on two pitches. DeSalvo finished 6.0-plus frames, allowing just three hits, fanning seven.

Kirsten danced out of trouble all game, leaving four runners on base while inducing three double play balls. The southpaw finished 6.0 innings, yielding just five hits with three strikeouts.

Eric Ackerman came in for the 8th and retired all six men he faced for a two-out save.

Somerset’s season ends with its first ever Division series loss and its first ever Game 5 loss.

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