High Point 8, Charleston 4
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The High Point Rockers overcame a 3-0 deficit with seven runs, all with two outs, in the third inning and went on to defeat the Charleston Dirty Birds 8-4 on Tuesday night at Appalachian Power Park. The win was High Point’s third consecutive and the Rockers have won four of their last five games.
With one out in the third, Giovanny Alfonzo and Michael Russell drew walks from Charleston starter Kit Scheetz (L, 5-1). Ben Aklinski struck out for the second out of the inning. Scheetz then hit Jerry Downs with a pitch to load the bases. Zander Wiel drew an RBI walk before Quincy Latimore cleared the bases with a three-run double. Logan Morrison became the second Rocker to be hit by a pitch in the inning and then newcomer Roldani Baldwin, in his second at-bat as a Rocker, blasted a three-run homer.
The Rockers added a run in the seventh when Wiel drilled a ground-rule double to center field then scored on a Latimore single.
Starter Liam O’Sullivan (W, 2-4) went five innings for the Rockers and allowed eight hits and four runs while walking two and striking out six. The Rockers got to Scheetz, the Charleston starter, for seven runs on just two hits and four walks in his three innings of work.
Junior Rincon held the Dirty Birds scoreless in the sixth and seventh inning, allowing one hit and striking out two. Gabriel Castellanos pitched the eighth and ninth, striking out two and allowing a single hit.
Latimore finished the night with two hits and four RBI while Baldwin had three runs batted in.
The Rockers are now 15-22 in the second half and 54-49 on the season.
The Rockers will meet Charleston again on Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park in the middle game of the three-game series.
Staten Island 10, Long Island 5
(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 16, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Staten Island FerryHawks 10-5 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
A sacrifice fly to left field off the bat of Ricardo Cespedes in the first inning gave the FerryHawks a 1-0 lead. An RBI single to right field by Antoine Duplantis in the second doubled the lead to two.
Staten Island ballooned the lead to 7-0 with a five-run sixth. RBI singles by Ricardo Cespedes, Mariel Bautista and Christopher Cespedes along with a two-run error did the damage. Long Island got on the scoreboard in the sixth when Phil Caulfield scored from third on a throwing error. However, Bautista’s RBI single and Justin O’Conner’s two-run single in the seventh extended the FerryHawks lead to 10-1.
Vladimir Frias’ RBI groundout and a wild pitch that scored Jose Sermo in the seventh closed the gap to seven. Carlos Castro then launched a two-run homer to left-center in the eighth, making it a 10-5 game, but the Ducks could not pull even.Hector Guance (4-5) earned the win, tossing six innings of three-run ball (two earned) allowing two hits and four walks while striking out three. Scott Harkin (8-7) took the loss, giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits and a walk over five innings with one strikeout.
The Ducks and FerryHawks continue their three-game set on Wednesday 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).
York 9, Lancaster 4
(August 16, 2022 – York, Pa.): Lenin Rodriguez crushed a pair of home runs, drove in five, and threw out an attempting base stealer as the York Revolution held off handing away the Community Cup on Tuesday night with a 9-4 series opening victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers at PeoplesBank Park. The career offensive day from Rodriguez and a quality start from Austin Nicely shined through in the win, the 998th victory in Revolution history.
Coming off a 17-strikeout performance by the offense on Sunday, it was a slow start on Tuesday evening as Lancaster starter Gray Fenter struck out the side in the first inning and fanned two more in the second.
The Barnstormers struck first in the top of the third as leadoff man Melvin Mercedes hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Jake Hoover who had led off the inning with a double for a 1-0 lead.
Rodriguez led off the bottom of the third inning by jumping on a first pitch fastball from Fenter, blasting it over the Arch Nemesis in left to tie the game at 1-1. After a JC Encarnacion double and a walk by Yefri Perez, both advanced on a double steal and Encarnacion eventually came in to score on a Nellie Rodriguez groundout, giving York a 2-1 lead.
York got a fourth inning rally started with one out when Connor Lien beat out an infield single and scored one batter later, on a Jack Kenley double to right-center. Lenin Rodriguez followed with another shot over the Nemesis, this time a two-run jack to put York ahead 5-1.
It was the first two-homer game of Rodriguez’ career, bringing his season total to a career-high seven, matching his career total coming into the season.
After reaching on a two-out throwing error by Hoover at shortstop, Perez advanced to second base as the ball sailed out of play. One batter later, Telvin Nash drove him in with a single to left, pushing York ahead 6-1.
After a 1-2-3 top of the fifth from Nicely, York plated three more in the bottom portion. After loading the bases on three walks with just one out against reliever Dominic DiSabatino, Lenin Rodriguez (3-for-4) came through again, this time poking a two-run single to the right side, giving York an 8-1 lead, and notching a career-high five RBI. Kenley scored one batter later, on an RBI fielder’s choice by Encarnacion making it 9-1.
Lancaster started to get to Nicely in the sixth, knocking four hits in a span of five batters including a two-run single from Jacob Barfield. That was all they could muster out of the rally thanks in part to left fielder Melky Mesa cutting down Barfield trying to stretch his single into a double. Nicely got through six innings, allowing just three runs for his eighth quality start of the year, exiting in line for his third win.
Kyle Zurak tossed his third scoreless seventh inning in as many appearances for York, working around a one-out walk.
Brett de Geus pitched the eighth, allowing a solo homer to left center by Andretty Cordero.
Jim Fuller struck out the side in the ninth to strand a pair, closing the 9-4 win.
Duke von Schamann will take the ball for York on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. as the Revs look to take the series. It is Motorsports Night and a PeoplesBank Kids Eat Free Wednesday. Tickets are on sale at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Shipley Energy Ticket Office.
Notes: In addition to the 998th win all-time for the franchise, it was Mark Mason’s 595th win as Revolution manager. Encarnacion’s third inning double marked his sixth in the last six games; each of his last six hits have been doubles and eight of his last nine hits have gone for extra bases.
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