York 6, Lancaster 1
(June 22, 2022 – York, Pa.): The York Revolution paired a great start from Austin Nicely with an offense that clicked on Wednesday evening in a 6-1 victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers to even their midweek series at PeoplesBank Park.
York jumped ahead two batters into the bottom of the first against Lancaster starter Brooks Hall. Troy Stokes Jr. got things started with a two-strike single to center and scored on a line drive double to left field from Elmer Reyes for a quick 1-0 lead.
Jhon Nunez doubled the lead in the second inning when he ripped a single to right field to score JC Encarnacion who had led off the inning with a base hit and a steal. Nunez made his way to third base on an overrun in right field by LeDarious Clark as York held a 2-0 advantage.
The Revs added two big insurance runs in the sixth inning. Carlos Franco scored on a ground ball on which Jack Kenley beat out a potential double play. Kenley scored on a bloop single to right field from Stokes Jr. Nunez tried to score behind Kenley but was cut down at the plate on the throw from Clark, but not before the Revs extended the lead to 4-0.
The Barnstormers finally put a run across against Nicely with two outs in the seventh inning on a bloop single from Melvin Mercedes that fell between Kenley and Lien in shallow right field.
Nick Howard relieved Nicely and blew away Kelly Dugan with a fastball to end the inning.
Nicely (2-5) enjoyed one of his finest outings of the year to earn the win. Through 6.2 innings he allowed the lone run, while striking out five and walking just two, scattering seven hits.
The Revs gained some more padding with a two-out rally in their half of the seventh. Encarnacion laced his third triple of the year to right field scoring Lien. That was followed by an RBI single to center for Kenley, his second RBI of the night.
Howard stayed out for the eighth inning and made quick work of the Barnstormers as he struck out the side in order. His day ended after 1.1 innings, as he struck out all four batters faced, good for a season high.
Jim Fuller shut the door in the ninth to close out the 6-1 win.
The Revs will send Eduardo Rivera (4-1, 3.63) to the hill against Oscar De La Cruz (2-0, 5.22) for the rubber match on Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m. It is Jeep Night presented by Susquehanna Automotive and a Throwback Thursday (Renaissance). Tickets are on sale at YorkRevolution.com, (717) 801-HITS, and in-person at the Shipley Energy Ticket Office.
Notes: Franco extended his on-base streak to 36 consecutive games and is now nine shy of tying Nate Espy’s franchise record of 45 games set in 2007. The Revs saw their club record streak of 19 consecutive games with a homer come to an end; York bashed 35 homers on the streak. York improves to 6-9 in this season’s War of the Roses series. The Revs improve to 20-16 since May 13.
Charleston 4, Gastonia 1
Walker Weickel and a quartet of relievers put together an exemplary pitching performance against the Gastonia Honey Hunters, winning 4-1 on Wednesday night at Caromont Health Park.
Ian McKinney took the ball for Gastonia, making his first start of the season against right-hander Walker Weickel of Charleston, who made a road start last Thursday against the Honey Hunters.
Weickel, who threw 62 pitches over the span of three innings on the 16th of June, was far more precise this evening. Weickel threw 62 pitches tonight in five innings of work, allowing only a solo homer to Rayder Ascanio in the fifth to spoil the shutout. He surrendered one walk, while striking out five Honey Hunters in the effort.
The Ascanio homer was his first of the season. It would also be the only hit given up by a stingy Charleston staff.
Charleston would get all the offense they needed in the fourth inning, scoring three times in the frame.
Jose Mesa Jr, Kevin Siegrist, Francisco Carrillo and Tyler Wilson were almost perfect in relief for Charleston, allowing only a walk in the four full frames.
Gastonia managed only three base runners on the evening, as Emmanuel Tapia and Jake Skole drew walks against the stalwart Charleston pitchers.
Ian McKinney was saddled with the loss in his first Gastonia start, going 3.1 innings on the night. McKinney allowed three runs, two of which were earned, yielding just one hit throughout.
Tyler Wilson picked up his ninth save of the season for Charleston(24-31). All three Dirty Birds wins this season against Gastonia have included a Wilson save.
The Honey Hunters(37-17) wrap up their brief three-game homestand Thursday with the rubber game against Charleston. First pitch is set for 6:15pm, with Honey Hunters pregame starting at 6:00pm
Staten Island 5, Southern Maryland 4 (10)
(Staten Island, June 22, 2022) The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs dropped their second straight game to the Staten Island FerryHawks on Wednesday. The FerryHawks walked it off in the 10th inning by a final score of 5-4 on Wednesday evening. It was just the third time all season the Crabs have lost back-to-back games, and the second time they’ve lost a series. With Long Island’s game postponed and the Crabs loss, Southern Maryland’s magic number remains at two, but there is still a chance of the Crabs clinching on Thursday.
McKenzie Mills took the ball for the Blue Crabs on Wednesday evening, battling through light rain on a brisk overcast night on the New York Harbor. The southpaw had been fantastic in the month of June, posting a 3-0 record with a 1.21 ERA. After scoreless frames in the first and second, the lefty ran into trouble in innings three and four. In the third inning, Yunior Santana led off the frame with a walk before swiping second base, and advancing to third on a groundout. Antoine Duplantis finished the job, bringing Santana home on a sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, a Michael Baca error and a Ricardo Cespedes single put a pair on the basepaths to begin the frame. With a one ball two strike count, Mariel Bautista blasted a double to straight away center, plating a pair to give Staten Island a 3-0 lead through four innings.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Crabs’ bats arose. Zach Collier and Braxton Lee began the inning with back-to-back singles before Michael Baca was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. After an 11 pitch at-bat, Jack Sundberg got the Crabs on the board, driving in a run on a sacrifice fly. With runners on first and second and two outs, Michael Wielansky dribbled a grounder back to the FerryHawks starter, Dakota Freese, who launched an errant throw into right field, allowing two runs to score, tying the game at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Javier Bethancourt lined a solo homer over the wall in left field, putting the FerryHawks ahead 4-3. The FerryHawks loaded the bases from there, but McKenzie Mills escaped the jam.
In the sixth inning, McKenzie Mills pitched a 1-2-3 inning, and recorded a scoreless seventh as he worked around a two-out double.
The Blue Crabs rallied in the top of the eighth inning. Michael Wielansky rolled an infield single to third before Jared Walker reached on an error by the first baseman, Yunior Santana. From there, David Harris struck out, and the FerryHawks escaped the inning unscathed.
Bradley Roney entered in the bottom of the eighth inning and struck out the side, keeping the Blue Crabs within a run.
In the top of the ninth inning, Braxton Lee struck out to start the frame, before Joe DeLuca walked, and Matt Hibbert pinch ran for him. Two batters later, the bases were loaded with one out. Michael Wielansky chopped one back to the mound, but Victor Capellan had trouble handling it, allowing Hibbert to score from third. Capellan settled in from there, preventing another run from scoring.
Roney returned in the bottom of the ninth inning, surrendering a leadoff walk. From there he retired the FerryHawks in order, forcing extra innings.
Southern Maryland was unable to score in the top of the tenth. In the bottom of the tenth inning, Mat Latos (L, 1-2), recorded the first out, but Dilson Hererra poked a base hit up the middle, giving the FerryHawks a 5-4 win.
Lexington 8, Kentucky 6
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lexington Legends rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to defeat the Kentucky Wild Health Genomes 8-6 Wednesday afternoon at Wild Health Field.
Trailing 6-5, Lexington’s Montrell Marshall led off the ninth with a single off Tim Peterson (L, 2-1). After Jarel McDade pinch-ran for Marshall, Blake Swihard moved McDade to second with a sac bunt before Boog Powell unloaded a line drive homer to right center.
Daniel Gibson (W, 3-0) pitched two scorless innings to earn the win while setting down the Genomes in order in the bottom of the ninth.
Luke Becker homered for Kentucky.
High Point at Long Island, postponed
High Point and Long Island will play a doubleheader at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
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