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Atlantic League Results, Saturday, May 27, 2023

Charleston 5, York 2

(May 27, 2023 – Charleston, WV):  The York Revolution saw a three-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday night, falling 5-2 to the Charleston Dirty Birds in front of 4,333 fans at GoMart Ballpark.

The Revs led 2-0 into the bottom of the sixth inning when the Dirty Birds took advantage of a York error and pieced together the crucial rally with a four-run inning.

York opened the scoring by manufacturing a run in the top of the third. Richard Urena led off with an infield single and went first-to-third on a bloop base hit by Trent Giambrone who took second on the throw. That set up Tomo Otosaka who lifted a sac fly to left, plating Urena with the game’s first run.

Nellie Rodriguez drilled an opposite field homer to right leading off the sixth, extending the lead to 2-0. It was his fourth long ball of the year and 55th of his Revs career, one shy of cracking the franchise’s all-time top five.

Revs starter Nick Raquet dominated the first five innings, allowing just a pair of singles, but a leadoff walk to Jalen Miller in the bottom of the sixth started things in motion for the Dirty Birds. Dwight Smith Jr. ripped a grounder to first that appeared to be a possible double play ball, but Rodriguez’ throw sailed into left field putting runners at second and third with no outs. Telvin Nash got Charleston on the board with a sac fly to left center, and with the infield in, Bobby Bradley tied the game with a base hit up the middle. Charleston’s momentum continued as Justin O’Conner blooped a base hit to right putting runners at the corners and chasing Raquet after 5.1 innings. Diego Goris greeted reliever Andrew Gross with a game-tying fielder’s choice grounder, and Mitch Ghelfi brought home one more on a double to right for a 4-2 Charleston lead.

The Dirty Birds put up another run with two outs in the seventh as Smith Jr. doubled to left center and scored on a broken bat bloop single by Nash.

The Charleston bullpen took it from there, holding the Revs without a hit over the final three innings. Joan Martinez, Williams Jerez, and Ricardo Gomez (fifth save) finished it off for Birds starter Kit Scheetz (2-3) who picked up the win.

Raquet (3-2) suffered the loss, allowing just one earned run out of four runs total.

Notes: Giambrone extended his league-best on-base streak to 22 consecutive games and has now hit safely in 19 of his last 20.

Next: York righty Carlos Espinal (0-0, 3.38) faces Charleston right-hander Troy Bacon (0-1, 3.60) in game three of the four-game series on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. Revs fans can catch the action live on SportsRadio 98.9 FM & 1350 WOYK,, and FloBaseball.TV beginning at 3:45 p.m. with Darrell Henry on the call.

Staten Islasnd 13, Lexington 7

LEXINGTON, KY – The Staten Island FerryHawks defeated the Lexington Counter Clock’s with a score of 13-7. The win for Staten Island evened the series at one game apiece going into the final game of the series in Lexington. The game will be taking place May 28, at Counter Clock Field at 2:05 p.m.

Staten Island’s left-handed pitcher Christian Allegretti (W, 1-1) would be awarded the win marking his first win on the mound this season. Allegretti pitched in two full innings striking out two Counter Clocks batters in the process.

The Staten Island started off the game strong just as they did yesterday with four runs scored in the top of the second inning. Jack Elliot stepped up to the plate and singled on a soft line drive to centerfield. The hit scored Cristian Santana and was the first runner to score on the day.

Ricardo Cespedes followed up with a single of his own on a line drive to right field. While Cespedes only made it to first base, the hit would score three runners for the FerryHakws. Roldani Baldwin and Elliot scores on the play, and Mikey Edelman would make it home as well after a throwing error by the Clock’s right fielder JC Encarnacion.

Lexington’s Yuedy Garcia (L, 1-2) received his second loss on the year after being taken out halfway through the second inning. Garcia would allow nine FerryHawk runs in his short time on the mound walking four batter. Garcia also managed to retire three batters at the plate on strikes.

However, the Counter Clock’s Connor Owings followed up Staten Island’s productive inning with a hard-hit homerun to right field. The homerun was Owings sixth of the year and produced the first run of the game for the Clock’s, advancing the score to 4-1.

The FerryHawks would follow up their fruitful second inning with yet another hitting clinic in the top of the third inning. Jeffrey Wehler singled on a ground ball to center field, scoring Angel Aguilar. Elliot would provide yet another single on a ground ball to center field. Wehler scores on the play and Cristian Santana advanced to third base. With a balk charged to Garcia Santina would be brought home and Elliot advanced to third. After the Balk Edelman hit his first homerun on the year with a flyball to left center field.

Clock’s Manuel Geraldo slammed a homerun to left field in the bottom of the third inning. The homerun was a fly ball and scored the Clock’s second run of the night, cutting the FerryHawks lead to seven runs.

Manuel Geraldo would provide more assistance to the Clock’s on a line drive to left field. Geraldo made it to second base on the play bringing Josue Huma to home plate. Ronnie Dawson made it to third. JC Encarnacion picked up two RBIs on a ground ball to center field. Dawson ran home from third base as well as Geraldo. Lexington’s Hector Roa belted a homerun to left field bringing home himself and Encarnacion, bringing the Clock’s within two runs of the FerryHawks.

However, in the top of the sixth inning the lead would be extended to five runs after another impressive inning at the plate for Staten Island. Adrian Sanchez made his contribution on a groundball to right field. Sanchez made it to scoring position at second base and Cespedes made it home for the first time tonight. Aguilar doubled on a line drive to left field, scoring Sanchez. Kevin Krause made his first hit on the night on a line drive to center field, scoring Aguilar advancing the score to 12-7 in favor of the FerryHawks.

Staten Island wouldn’t let up in the eighth inning with Luis Castro double on a groundball hit to left field. Krause made it home on the play, advancing Baldwin to third base. However, Baldwin was left on base after Mikey Edelman did not have a productive at bat at the plate. Edelman grounded out to third baseman Connor Owings.

Neither team would produce anymore leaving the score at 13-7 in favor of Staten Island. Staten Island’s left-handed pitcher Christian Allegretti (W, 1-1) would be awarded the win marking his first win on the mound this season. Allegretti pitched in two full innings striking out two Counter Clocks batters in the process.

Both teams look to take the series in Lexington tomorrow at 2:05 p.m.


Long Island 8, Southern Maryland 5 (Game 1)
So. Maryland 9, Long Island 2 (Game 2)

(Central Islip, N.Y., May 27, 2023) – The Long Island Ducks split a day/night doubleheader with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Saturday at Fairfield Properties Ballpark, taking game one 8-5 before dropping game two 9-2.

The Ducks opened the scoring in the second inning of game one on a pair of solo home runs to right field by Alex Dickerson and Brian Goodwin off Blue Crabs starter McKenzie Mills. Long Island then batted around and plated four runs in the third, extending their lead to 6-0. Boog Powell singled and later scored on a wild pitch, and Sam Travis crushed a three-run homer to left field.

Southern Maryland closed the gap to 6-3 in the fourth on Michael Wielansky’s RBI double and RBI singles by Braxton Lee and Jose Rosario off Ducks starter Stephen Woods Jr. However, a two-out, two-run triple to right by Adeiny Hechavarria in the fifth pushed Long Island’s advantage back up to five.

The Blue Crabs trimmed their deficit to 8-5 in the sixth on a sac fly from Isaias Quiroz and a run-scoring groundout by Rosario. However, they were unable to pull even.

Woods Jr. (4-0) picked up the win, tossing five innings of three-run ball, allowing five hits while striking out five. Mills (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering six runs on six hits and three walks over three innings with two strikeouts. Al Alburquerque collected his second save of the season with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

Travis led the Flock offensively with two hits, three RBIs and a run. Hechavarria added two hits, two RBIs, a run and a walk, while Daniel Murphy and Joe DeCarlo also picked up two hits apiece.

Southern Maryland struck first in game two on a first inning RBI double by K.C. Hobson off Ducks starter Chris Cepeda. Jack Sundberg’s three-run homer to right in the second extended the Blue Crabs lead to four. Four more runs in the third, highlighted by RBI singles from Ian Yetsko and Michael Baca along with a two-run single from Sundberg made it 8-0.

Long Island got on the scoreboard in the fifth courtesy of Mike Wilson’s RBI fielder’s choice and Travis’ RBI single to center off Blue Crabs starter Mitch Lambson. Southern Maryland rounded out the scoring in the eighth on Lee’s RBI single.

Lambson (5-0) earned the win, tossing seven innings of two-run ball, allowing nine hits and a walk while striking out three. Cepeda (0-2) took the loss, conceding eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits with a strikeout in two and one-third innings.

Travis led the Flock offensively in game two with a pair of hits and an RBI.

The Ducks and Blue Crabs wrap up their four-game series on Sunday afternoon. Game time is slated for 1:35 p.m., with the ballpark gates opening at 12:35 (12:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive Quackers, courtesy of Romeo’s Fuel. It’s also a Sunday Family Funday, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union! Prior to the game, fans will be invited down for a Catch on the Field from 12:40 to 1:00. After the game, fans of all ages are also invited to take part in Kids Run the Bases.

High Point 7, Frederick 5

FREDERICK, Md. – The High Point Rockers rallied for three runs in the top of the eighth inning to erase a 5-4 deficit and take a 7-5 win from Frederick on Saturday night at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. The win made the Rockers the first team in the Atlantic League to reach 20 victories this season as their record now stands at 20-7.

Trailing 5-4 after seven innings, High Point took a 7-5 lead in the top of the eighth inning when John Daly singled and newly-signed outfielder Cam Williamson reached on an error. After D.J. Burt was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Michael Martinez delivered a run-scoring sacrifice fly to score Daly.  John Nogowski then knocked a two-run single to left to score Williamson and Burt.

High Point took a 3-0 lead in the second inning when Ryan Grotjohn doubled with one out off Frederick starter Elih Villanueva. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Grotjohn would score on a single by Daly. Williamson then homered to put the Rockers up 3-0. Frederick responded in the bottom of the second when Leobaldo Cabrera hit a two-run homer to cut the margin to 3-2.

The Rockers extended their lead to 4-2 in the top of the seventh on a solo homer by Ben Aklinski, his sixth round-tripper of the season.  Frederick responded with a three-spot in the bottom of the seventh to take a 5-4 lead. A pair of errors by the Rockers led to all three unearned runs.

The Rockers called on ace reliever Ryan Dull to close the game in the ninth. He walked one and struck out one to earn his sixth save of the season.

Joe Johnson started for the Rockers and went five innings, allowing six hits and two runs while walking two and striking out two. Jeremy Rhoades (W, 5-0) became the first Atlantic League pitcher to reach five wins by pitching the seventh inning. Frederick’s Jack Weinberger (L, 1-2) allowed two hits and three runs in the eighth inning in taking the loss.

High Point and Frederick will conclude their three-game series on Sunday with a 1:00 game at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium.

NOTES:  OF Cam Williamson was signed by the Rockers on Saturday after Dai-Kang Yang was placed on the injured list with a leg injury… Williamson appeared in two games with the Rockers in 2022 during a pair of brief stints with the club, going one-for-four in two games . . . His homer on Saturday marked his first as a pro . . . He also played in 11 games with Empire State of the Frontier League in 2022 . . . Williamson is a former player at Greensboro Dudley High who played at North Carolina A&T State University . . . Joe Johnson, a High Point University grad who had been with the Rockers for the majority of the 2021 and 2022 seasons, was signed by the Rockers on Friday after having started the year with the Tri-City Valley Cats (Troy, NY) of the Frontier League . . . Rockers manager Jamie Keefe is not with the team in Frederick as he is attending the college graduation of his son Brigham from the University of Massachusetts . . . Bench coach Albert Gonzalez is serving as interim manager.


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