York 3, Staten Island 2
(August 30, 2022 – York, Pa.): Eduardo Rivera turned in another scintillating effort as the York Revolution edged the Staten Island FerryHawks, 3-2 on Tuesday night at PeoplesBank Park. The win was the 600th for Mark Mason as Revolution manager, as he becomes the fourth in Atlantic League history to 600 wins and the second to win 600 games with one club. The victory snaps a three-game slide and is the Revs’ third consecutive victory at home.
After a brief 15-minute delay at the outset, York and Staten Island faced off in a tight affair in the series opener. Both starters got through their first three innings scoreless as Rivera and Matt Solter stole the show in the early going.
Rivera started the fourth inning by walking Angel Aguilar, who proceeded to move up to second on a groundout and third base on a wild pitch. With one out, he scored on a slow roller from Rusney Castillo to put the FerryHawks ahead 1-0.
York didn’t wait long for an answer as Nellie Rodriguez crushed a fastball from Solter onto the lawn in right center field for his 19th home run of the season which tied the game at 1-1.
Staten Island put up a battle in the sixth against Rivera, getting two in scoring position with one out, before Rivera induced two popups to end the threat. That would end his night after 105 pitches as through six innings, Rivera (8-3) allowed just one run on two hits while striking out five. He has combined to allow just one run in 13.0 innings while winning each of his last two starts.
The first two reached for York in their half of the sixth on singles by Telvin Nash and Rodriguez before a double play gave Solter a chance to escape unscathed. The Revs got the clutch hits they were seeking, however, as Jhon Nunez (10-game hitting streak) drove his second double of the game to left center field, scoring Nash to put York ahead 2-1. After Nunez moved up to third on a wild pitch, Yefri Perez sliced a single the other way to pad the lead and make it 3-1.
Kyle Zurak replaced Rivera in the top of the seventh and issuing a leadoff walk to Dilson Herrera. The FerryHawks brought him home later in the inning as Herrera scored when Andres Noriega beat out a potential double play ball, cutting York’s lead to 3-2.
Roniel Raudes continued his dominant stretch, fresh off striking out the side on Sunday, as he whiffed two more in a 1-2-3 eighth, giving way to Jim Fuller for the ninth.
Fuller shut the door, pitching a scoreless ninth with a strikeout and game-ending double play, giving Mason his 600th managerial win in the Atlantic League.
The Revs will look to continue the momentum into Wednesday’s contest when Courtney Mack takes the ball at 6:30 p.m., opposite Staten Island’s Francisco Carrillo. It is Sensory Friendly 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: Mason joins Butch Hobson, Sparky Lyle, and Wayne Krenchicki as the fourth in Atlantic League history to reach 600 wins; Mason and Lyle are the only two to do so with one club. Raudes has held opponents scoreless in 16 of 18 outings, and without an earned run in 17 of 18 including 15 straight; he has allowed just six hits in 15.2 innings over those last 15 appearances with three walks and 24 strikeouts, while allowing no hits in his last eight appearances, spanning 6.2 innings.
Lexington 5, Kentucky 1
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lexington Legends used a two-run homer from Jesus Tavarez and a two-run homer from Courtney Hawkins to post a 5-1 win over the Kentucky Wild Health Genomes at Wild Health Field on Tuesday. Darian Sandford also plated a run for Lexington with a sacrifice fly.
The Genomes’ run came in the third when Luke Becker singled and scored on a Chris Shaw double.
Hawkins’ home run was his 41st of the season and ties him with Telvin Nash of York (2019) and Brian Becker of Nashua (2005) for the second-most homers in a season. Newark’s Ozzie Canseco holds the season mark with 48 in 2000.
Long Island 7, Lancaster 6
(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 30, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 7-6 in waddle-off fashion on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
Long Island took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on L.J. Mazzilli’s RBI single to right field off Barnstormer starter Cameron Gann. A four-run third inning extended the lead to five. An RBI single by Joe DeCarlo, a two-run single by Dustin Woodcock and a sac fly to left off the bat of Phil Caulfield highlighted the inning.
DeCarlo added a solo home run to left in the fifth to make it a 6-0 ballgame. Lancaster rallied for six runs in the ninth to tie the game at six. A bases loaded walk to Chris Proctor, a two-run single by Colton Shaver, a run-scoring error, an RBI groundout by Jake Hoover and a sac fly off the bat of Trace Loehr did the damage. However, Jose Sermo won the game for the Flock in the bottom of the ninth with a massive one-out solo homer to right field.
Neither starter factored into the decision. James Varela tossed five innings of one-hit, shutout baseball, allowing three walks while striking out two. Gann surrendered five runs on six hits and five walks in just two innings with two strikeouts. Matt Carasiti (1-0) picked up the win despite allowing two runs (one earned) on a hit and a walk in the ninth. West Tunnell (5-1) took the loss, surrendering the walk-off homer to Sermo in the ninth.
DeCarlo led the Flock offensively with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Mazzilli added two hits, an RBI and two walks, while Sermo also collected two hits, including the walk-off winner.
The Ducks and Barnstormers 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 a special time of 4:30 for a Blind Baseball Exhibition Game between the Long Island Bombers and the Lion’s Club of Suffolk County, with first pitch slated for 4:45 p.m.
High Point at Gastonia, rained out
Tuesday’s contest will be made up as a doubleheader on Wednesday, August 31 at 3:15 at Caromont Health Park.
Charleston 6, Southern Maryland 5 (Game 1)
8/30/2022, Charleston, WV) In Game 1, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs fell to the Charleston Dirty Birds in extra innings, 6-5.
Adrian Cook struggled in his start, pitching four and one-third innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. The bats came back, tying the score in the fifth, ultimately falling short in extra innings.
The Blue Crabs got the scoring started in the first inning. Jack Sundberg worked a walk to start the inning. After advancing to second base, Jared Walker drove him in with a single to right field.
In the second inning, Miles Williams smashed a three-run home run off the video board in left field, giving the Dirty Birds a 3-1 edge. The Blue Crabs surrendered another run in the fourth inning, putting Charleston ahead 4-1.
In the third inning, with runners on first and second and two outs, Alex Crosby singled in Jack Sundberg to cut the deficit to 4-2. Zach Collier later knocked a base hit into right field, scoring Braxton Lee, cutting Charleston's lead to 4-3.
The Dirty Birds added a run in the fifth inning, but Southern Maryland responded. With the bases loaded and one out, Zach Collier roped a two-RBI double down the right-field line, tying the game 5-5.
In the seventh inning, James Dykstra (L, 0-1) entered for the Blue Crabs. Dykstra pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, striking out two batters. He returned for the eighth inning. After recording the first two outs, Tyler Blaum ripped a triple into right field, scoring the inheritted runner, putting the Dirty Birds ahead 6-5.
Meanwhile, the Blue Crabs rallied in the seventh inning against Kevin Siegrist (W, 5-0). With runners on second and third, he struck out James Dykstra before striking out Shah to end the inning. In the eighth, Southern Maryland loaded the bases with two outs, but Nate Peden (Sv, 1) induced a ground out from Crosby, securing a 6-5 win for the Dirty Birds.
In Game two, Daryl Thompson dominated (W, 13-3) en route to a seven-inning complete-game shutout. Meanwhile, the Blue Crabs bats exploded early against Max Tannenbaum (L, 2-5) and the Dirty Birds.
In the top of the first inning, Sundberg walked before Michael Baca hit a single up the middle. With runners on second and third, Braxton Lee dribbled a double down the left-field line, scoring Sundberg and Baca, giving the Blue Crabs 2-0 lead. Alex Crosby then roped a single into right, scoring Lee to give the Blue Crabs a 3-0 edge.
In the fourth inning, with Alex Crosby on first base, Ian Yetsko slammed a double to left-center field, scoring Crosby to give the Blue Crabs a 4-0 edge.
Thompson dominated the rest of the way. Across seven innings, he allowed five hits, no walks, no runs, and struckout four. The Blue Crabs went on to win game two 4-0 to split the doubleheader.
Jack Sundberg also set the Blue Crabs single-season record for most walks with 77. Sundberg continued his on-base streak in today's games, which now stands at 32 games.
Southern Maryland moves to 76-38 on the season, 28-20 in the second half. The Blue Crabs are back in action tomorrow at 6:35 for game two of the series.
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