York 8, Lancaster 3
(May 13, 2022 – Lancaster, Pa.): The York Revolution used a great six innings from starter Jorge Martinez and paired it with a big night from the offense, picking up the win in their series opener against the Lancaster Barnstormers, 8-3 on Friday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Coming off of a sweep at Staten Island, the Revs snapped a three-game skid, notched their first win against the Barnstormers this year, and their first series opening win since the season opener at Long Island.
Lancaster struck early with three hits in the first inning, including two infield knocks and an RBI single from Andretty Cordero to put the Barnstormers ahead 1-0.
Both Nile Ball and Martinez traded zeroes from the second through the fifth innings before the Revs finally broke out in the sixth.
York had stranded runners in scoring position with only one out in both the fourth and fifth innings, but in the sixth, the big outburst started with two outs. Melky Mesa dug in with nobody on and two away and doubled to the deepest part of the ballpark in left-center. After a Nellie Rodriguez walk, Lancaster held a mound visit with lefty reliever Tommy Shirley readying in the bullpen, but elected to leave Ball in to face Carlos Franco. The power-hitting third baseman made them pay, hitting a laser out to right field for a game-changing three-run homer that put the Revs on top 3-1. The extra-base hits kept coming, as Jack Kenley drove a double to the left field corner and JC Encarnacion scored Kenley with an RBI double to left-center. Lenin Rodriguez followed with his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to the short porch in right field, making it 6-1.
Back out for the sixth, Martinez (1-2) allowed a one-out base hit but ended the inning with his eighth strikeout, capping his night after six innings of one run ball.
Josh Martin got the ball for the seventh, and despite a leadoff single that ultimately reached third base, was able to get out of the inning unscathed with a ground out off the bat of Cordero. Adrian Almeida also stranded two runners in a scoreless eighth inning.
York got two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth, courtesy of an Elmer Reyes single to center and a Mesa RBI double off the right field wall.
Alberto Rodriguez allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a single to left by Cordero, but that was quickly forgotten when a pop up to Franco turned into a game-ending double play as Cordero strayed all the way to second base before being doubled off.
York will turn to Eduardo Rivera on Saturday to oppose Cam Gann, looking for the first series win of the year and the first set of back-to-back victories. The game will get underway from Clipper Magazine Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Revs fans can catch the action live on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 WOYK, 989woyk.com, The New WOYK app, and the WOYK YouTube channel beginning at 6:10 p.m. with Darrell Henry and Jake Ness on the call.
Notes: Mesa’s two doubles move him past Telvin Nash for fifth in Revs history with 78 in his York career; his next will tie Eric Patterson for fourth. Nellie Rodriguez became the 11th player in franchise history to draw four walks in a game, tying a Revs single-game record. Franco has hit seven home runs and now has 24 RBI in just 19 games played this season; he now has 33 home runs in his Revs career, five shy of cracking the top 10. Lenin Rodriguez’ homer was his first of the season, second of his Revs career, and eighth of his pro career. Martinez picks up the 15th win of his Revs career and first since 2016; his 15 wins are tied for eighth on the all-time list with current teammate Duke von Schamann and Robert Carson. Troy Stokes Jr. stole his league-leading 12th base in the top of the seventh, and is now 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts on the season. The Revs’ six-run sixth marked their third-largest inning of the season, behind only a seven-run frame and an eight-run inning, both of which occurred on April 28 at Lexington. Of York’s 10 hits, eight went for extra bases (six doubles, two homers). Lancaster’s three-game winning is snapped, along with its season-opening six-game home winning streak. It also snapped a 17-game streak for the Barnstormers in which the home team won. The game kicked off a stretch of six consecutive matchups head-to-head between York and Lancaster.
Long Island 1, High Point 0 (6)
(Central Islip, N.Y., May 13, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks shut out the High Point Rockers 1-0 in a fog-shortened game on Friday night in the opening game of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
Neither side manufactured a run until the bottom of the fifth inning when Deven Marrero doubled to right-center and later scored on a wild pitch by Rockers starter Justin Nicolino. The game then went into a fog delay after the completion of the sixth inning and was eventually called.
Ducks starter Brett Kennedy (1-1) earned the win, tossing five and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing three this and three walks while striking out eight batters. Nicolino (3-1) suffered the loss, giving up a run on four hits and a walk over six innings with three strikeouts. Anderson DeLeon picked up his first season after recording the final out of the sixth inning, stranding the bases loaded.
The Ducks and Rockers continue their three-game set on Saturday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). Following the game all fans will be treated to a Fireworks Spectacular. It’s also a Lucky Seat Saturday, presented by Long Island MacArthur Airport. During the game, the Ducks will be selecting a lucky fan in the ballpark, who will win a free roundtrip for two to any of Breeze Airways’ 28 destinations. Right-hander Akeel Morris (0-0, 5.52) takes the mound for the Ducks against Rockers righty Jheyson Manzueta (0-1, 2.20).
Tickets for the game, and all Ducks games, are available by visiting the Fairfield Properties Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the game can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com as well as on the Ducks official Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Southern Maryland 8, Charleston 3
(Waldorf, MD, May 13, 2022) The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs improved to a 16-3 record thanks to an 8-2 win on Friday night. A majority of the match was a pitcher’s duel, before the Crabs broke the game open late against the Charleston Dirty Birds. Southern Maryland’s pitching staff was dominant once more, as their collective ERA dipped under 3.00 on the season.
McKenzie Mills (W, 2-0) got the start for Southern Maryland, and dealt six innings of one run baseball while fanning six batters. The Dirty Birds put Derrick Adams (L, 1-1) on the hill, and after setting down each of the first eleven batters he faced, the Crabs’ bats woke up.
In the bottom of the fourth, Jared Walker launched a two-out triple to right-center field to break up a perfect game. David Harris followed by driving in the first run of the ballgame on an RBI double. Next, Alex Crosby traded places with Harris, giving Southern Maryland a 2-0 lead through four innings.
Charleston shaved the lead to one run in the sixth inning with a Scott Burcham solo homer, but the Crabs fought back. Southern Maryland added a pair in the seventh inning before Zach Collier broke the game open in the eighth. With no outs and the bases juiced, the center fielder blasted the first Blue Crabs grand slam of the season, securing an 8-2 victory.
Southern Maryland sits comfortably in first place thanks to their best start in franchise history, and will put Daryl Thompson on the mound on Saturday, looking to lock down another series win.
Gastonia at Staten Island, PPD
Friday’s game between Gastonia and Staten Island was suspended due to fog at Staten Island University Hospital Stadium.
The game was suspended with two outs in the third and the Honey Hunters owning a 3-0 lead. Stuart Levy was the scheduled hitter as the game was sent to a delay.
After roughly 30 minutes of deliberation, it was determined the game would be suspended due to poor visibility.
The game will be moved to Sunday, as part of a doubleheader.
Saturday's doubleheader will be played as scheduled, with game one beginning at 4pm.
Kentucky 7, Lexington 2
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lexington Legends and Wild Health Genomes split a pair of games on Friday that included the conclusion of a game started earlier in the week.
In the conclusion of the prior game, Kentucky finished off a 7-2 victory. Elih Villanueva improved to 2-1 with the win while holding Kentucky to two hits over five innings. Moises Sierra collected a pair of doubles and Jimmy Paredes and Riley Mahan each homered for the Wild Health Genomes.
In the regularly scheduled game, Lexington prevailed 3-2. With the Legends trailing 2-0 in the third, Boog Powell led off the inning with a single and scored on a double by Courtney Hawkins. Jose Briceno tied the game when he scored on a passed ball. The Legends took the lead for good in the fourth when Montrell Marshall doubled and scored on a Tillman Pugh single.
Winston Lavendier (1-1) earned the win in relief for Lexington while Kentucky starter Nate Peden (0-1) took the loss. Austin Adams (S, 5) earned the save by striking out the side in the seventh.
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