Atlantic League Results, Wednesday, May 17, 2023
York 15, Long Island 8
(Central Islip, N.Y., May 17, 2023) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the York Revolution 15-8 on Wednesday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
York took an early 1-0 lead on a first inning RBI double to left field by Troy Stokes Jr. off Ducks starter Ian Clarkin. Long Island evened the score in the second when Sam Travis doubled and scored two batters later on Joe DeCarlo’s RBI groundout.
A solo homer to left by Trent Giambrone and a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Stokes Jr. in the third put the Revs back on top 3-1, while a run-scoring error in the fourth made it a three-run lead for the visitors. Two more runs scored on Drew Mendoza’ RBI single and a wild pitch that plated Mendoza in the fifth, making it a 6-1 game.
Long Island closed to within 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth on Jesse Russo’s two-run homer to right, his first hit and homer as a Duck, off Revolution starter Jorge Martinez. A wild pitch that scored Joe DeCarlo and a sac fly to right off the bat of Edward Salcedo in the seventh closed the gap to one at 6-5. Long Island then leapfrogged in front in the bottom of the eighth on a two-out, two-run homer to right by Alex Dickerson.
York took the lead back with a nine-run ninth inning. RBI singles by Mendoza and Giambrone, Trey Martin’s RBI double, a two-run single by Alexis Pantoja and a grand slam by Nellie Rodriguez did the damage. Dustin Woodcock scored on a wild pitch in the home ninth to round out the scoring.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Clarkin lasted five innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks while striking out five. Martinez lasted five and two-thirds innings, yielding three runs on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Blake Rogers (1-0) got the win despite allowing two runs on a hit and a walk in one inning. Kevin Quackenbush (1-2) took the loss, giving up six runs on four hits and two walks in one-third of an inning.
The Ducks and Revolution wrap up their three-game set on Thursday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). It’s a Thirsty Thursday at the ballpark, and all fans will be welcome to visit the Duck Club restaurant/bar during the game. There will also be an exclusive buy one, get one half-price special on all EBBS Beer products in the ballpark as well. Right-hander Wladimir Pinto (0-0, 9.00) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Revolution righty J.T. Hintzen (0-2, 7.16).
Frederick 8, Lexington 6
Frederick, MD- Frederick’s offense once again exploded on Wednesday, knocking 14 hits in a slugfest win over Lexington, 8-6 to take the middle game of the series, and give themselves five straight wins.
Craig Dedelow got the scoring started early with a home run to right field, his league leading 9th home run of the year to give his club an early 1-0 lead.
Things weren’t as easy in the second inning for a debuting Max Povse, who allowed five runs on five hits, with the big blow being a three run homer by Ronnie Dawson. Povse was pulled after 1.2 innings, suddenly trailing 5-1. Nate Peden entered and got a flyout on the first batter he faced to avoid any further damage. Peden’s relief outing finished with 2.1 scoreless frames, striking out three and allowing just one hit.
Frederick would steadily chip away at the lead with a pair of longballs. First, it was Raudy Read in the third inning, a two run home run to left field. In the fifth, it was Kole Cottam, who went the other way to right field to make it 5-4. Cottam, who had a grand slam on Tuesday night, has now homered four times in his last five games.
The club was finally able to break through and chase starter Pat Ledet in the sixth inning. Luke Becker doubled to tie the game with two outs, and Dedelow scored him with a single, giving Frederick a 6-5 lead.
JC Encarnacion singled in the seventh inning to tie the game, but Frederick took control for good in the bottom of the seventh.
Jose Marmolejos walked to start the frame, and was lifted for designated pinch runner Johnni Turbo. With two outs, Turbo came around to score on a base hit by Osvaldo Abreu. Turbo added some insurance with his bat two batters later, knocking in Abreu to make it 8-6 Frederick.
A scoreless eighth inning from Edgar Garcia and a scoreless ninth from Arnaldo Hernandez closed the book on an 8-6 Fredrick win, the team’s fifth straight victory.
They will look for their second straight sweep on Thursday, with a 7 PM first pitch. Dave Kubiak will take the hill for Frederick.
Lancaster 6, Staten Island 4
(Lancaster P.A., May 17, 2023) – It was an 11:00AM start time in Lancaster today as The Staten Island FerryHawks dropped game two of a three game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers.
It was back and forth early in this contest as the teams combined for six runs through the first three innings. The Barnstormers struck first putting up two runs in the first inning. This lead was quickly squashed by the FerryHawks in the second inning as a Mikey Edeleman double brought in Justin Twine, and a Mitch Piatnik single drove in Edleman right after.
The Barnstormers tacked on two runs in the third and another in the sixth to regain the lead and make it 5-2. In the 7th, the Hawks tried to mount a comeback as the heavy hitters kept producing. Former Washington National, Adrian Sanchez (Hitting .352 on the season) started off the scoring by driving in Mikey Edelman on a single. Jeff Wehler kept the momentum going by ripping a triple that brought in Ricardo Cespedes and closed the gap to 5-4 Barnstormers. With that triple, the rookie Wehler brought his average to .305 on the season and continued to put together a very impressive month for the FerryHawks.
In the bottom of the 7th Lancaster brought another run across to make it 6-4. Unfortunately that’s where the scoring ended on both sides and the FerryHawks fell on the losing side of this contest.
FerryHawks starter Austin DeCarr (0-3) had a final line of 5 Innings, 4 Runs (2 Earned), 5 Walks, 5 Strikeouts. It was all lefties after DeCarr exited as Former Yankee James Pazos, Long Island native Alex Katz, and journeyman Jim Fuller all pitched in relief.
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High Point 10, So. Maryland 8 (12)
WALDORF, Md. – The High Point Rockers won a game of perseverance on Wednesday night, outlasting Southern Maryland 10-8 in 12 innings, the longest game in Rockers history. Michael Martinez, in just his second game after arriving in the U.S. from his home in the Dominican Republic, hit a two-run single in the top of the 12th to give the Rockers the win.
But don’t celebrate too long. High Point and Southern Maryland meet again just 12 hours after the conclusion of Wednesday night’s game. Thursday’s game time is set for 10:35 a.m. from Regency Furniture Stadium.
The win puts the Rockers at 15-3 on the season, continuing the best start to a season in franchise history. The Rockers own a 2.5 game lead in the South Division of the Atlantic League over 12-5 Gastonia.
The win also marked the 996th of Rockers manager Jamie Keefe who continues to move towards his 1,000th career win in his 21st season as a professional manager.
In the top of the 12th, the Rockers started the frame with pitcher Austin Ross (W, 1-0) on second base. John Daly singled to put runners on the corners before Daly stole second to put both runners in scoring position. Martinez then singled to right to score both runners and give High Point a 10-8 lead.
Neither team scored in the 11th inning as the Rockers escaped on a nifty double play when Burt caught a line drive in center and doubled off the Blue Crab runner at second. High Point pushed across a run in the top of the 10th when they started the inning with Brian Parreira on second. Pitcher Jeremy Rhoades sacrificed him to second before Blue Crab reliever Andre Scrubb, a former High Point University pitcher, walked Daly. D.J. Burt then singled through the right side of the infield to score Parreira and give the Rockers an 8-7 lead.
Austin Ross came on to pitch the bottom of the 10th inning and the Blue Crabs tied the game on a sac bun by Garrett Kueber to move the runner to third before a sacrifice fly by Braxton Lee tied the game at 8-8.
The Rockers jumped on top 2-0 in the first when centerfielder D.J. Burt led off the game with a double then scored on John Nogowski’s eighth homer of the season. But the Blue Crabs tied the game in the bottom of the second when Alex Crosby singled, moved to second on a disengagement violation by High Point starter Neil Uskali, then stole third. Crosby made it a 2-1 game when he scored on a ground out by Michael Baca before Felix Aberouette tied the game with an RBI single.
The Rockers forged a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth when Ben Aklinski was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a fielding error on a ball hit by Daikan Yoh. But So. Maryland scored three times in the fifth for a 5-3 lead.
High Point regained the lead with four runs in the top of the eighth, emerging from the frame with a 7-5 advantage. John Daly hit a three-run homer to key the outburst, notching his second homer in as many nights. D.J. Burt added a run on a Nogowski single and a pair of errors by So. Maryland.
The Crabs added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to re-tie the game at 7 apiece. The seventh inning run scored on a fielding error by Nogowski while the run in the eighth came on an RBI single by Crosby.
The Rockers loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the ninth but were unable to capitalize.
Hayden Shenefield (L, 0-1) pitched the top of the 12th and allowed two hits and a pair of runs while walking one and striking out one. Ross went three innings in relief, did not allow a hit while walking two and fanning two.
High Point and Southern Maryland will play the final game of the three-game series on Thursday morning at 10:35 a.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium.
NOTES: The game was the longest regular season game in Rockers history . . . The previous long was 11 innings vs. Charleston on May 11, 2022 . . . The Rockers played a 12-inning postseason game in the opening game of the League Championship Series last October . . . The Rockers stole a club record nine bases on Wednesday night . . . The previous record had been five set on four prior occasions . . . Michael Martinez, making just his second start of the year after joining the team over the weekend, set a team record by striking out five times.
Gastonia 4, Charleston 2
That was Gastonia manager Goose Gozzo’s response when asked before the game what he needed out of starting pitcher Alex Sanabia on Wednesday evening.
The right hander entered the game with a 7.71 ERA after three starts, allowing 18 hits in 14 innings.
The Honey Hunters bullpen was not well rested at all, as they used seven pitchers the night prior.
And Sanabia stepped up when his manager and team needed him most.
Sanabia pitched six innings of one-run ball, issuing no walks and striking out five batters, leading Gastonia to a 4-2 victory over the Charleston Dirty Birds.
While Sanabia was absolutely dealing on the mound, allowing just two baserunners through five innings and not allowing either of them to reach second base, the Honey Hunter hitters were giving him support.
Just like they did on Tuesday, the Gastonia hitters took advantage of Charleston fielding mistakes.
The Dirty Birds committed two errors on Wednesday. Both of them came when Luis Curbelo was up.
The first was in the second inning when Curbelo hit a routine grounder that wasn’t handled by the third baseman Luis Atiles.
After a Cole Freeman single, Jack Reinheimer ripped a line drive into center field, scoring Curbelo and giving his team an early 1-0 lead.
The Honey Hunters tacked on two more in the third when Steven Sensley hit a double down the right-field line that scored Zach Jarrett, and then Curbelo hit an RBI single that scored Curtis Terry.
While runs were being scored for Gastonia, Charleston was struggling mightily to get on base against Sanabia.
The closest a Dirty Bird hitter got to reaching second base in the first five innings was when Yefri Perez attempted to steal second after he singled to get on.
Sanabia bounced it on an 0-2 pitch, catcher J.C. Escarra picked it with the backhand and gunned down Perez, throwing it exactly where Perez was sliding. Reinheimer didn’t even have to apply the tag because the throw was low and to the right of the bag, so once the ball was in his glove Perez was already out.
Sanabia gave up a solo homer to Zachary Bridges in the sixth to make it a 3-1 game, but that’s the only run he allowed in six innings of work.
Gozzo commended the righty’s best start of the year so far.
“Sanabia was very focused today,” Gozzo said. “It looked like he was locating his pitches very well at a very low pitch count. He kept them off balance, he did his thing.”
Sanabia didn’t walk a batter and struck out five, which now makes it just two walks and 19 strikeouts on the season for him.
Although 19 strikeouts in four starts isn’t incredible, two walks is certainly something to be proud of. And it goes along with Sanabia’s annual objective.
“I’m not a power pitcher, so I rely on early contact and throwing strikes,” Sanabia said. “But that’s one thing that’s a goal for me every year is having less walks than outings.”
So far, so good for Sanabia.
After the Bridges homer, Escarra hit his second double of the game in the bottom of the sixth. He didn’t end up scoring, but that now totals eight two-baggers on the season for Escarra – which leads the Atlantic League.
Escarra started the season out in the five spot of the batting order, and has since been moved up to the two-hole. He’s batting .362 with 25 hits – one shy of the league lead.
“You know what the trick is? It’s not being too high and not being too low,” Escarra said. “Being the same guy every single day no matter if you go 0-for-4 or 4-for-4.”
Well he hasn’t seen too many 0-for-4 nights recently.
“I think [Escarra’s] loving the two-hole,” Gozzo said. “And when we got guys in the bottom of the order that are getting on and Jack (Reinheimer) is getting on, he’s gonna be cleaning up, he’s gonna be getting a lot of RBIs. So the lineup is kinda structured for him to be doing that. Sometimes you put your best hitter, your hot hitter, in the 2-hole.”
Tyler Thomas came on in relief of Sanabia in the seventh, and the first batter he faced was Bobby Bradley.
Bradley hit a high fly ball deep to right field and out of the park off of Thomas for his eighth homer of the year. This was the first earned run allowed by the lefty reliever, who had pitched 11 scoreless innings before that at-bat.
The Gastonia lead was now just one, as it was a 3-2 game.
But Thomas retired the next three hitters and came on for the eighth as well. He gave up a couple hits, and then struck out Telvin Nash to get out of a jam.
Thomas recorded four strikeouts in the two innings he pitched, now totalling 21 Ks in 13 frames to start the year.
The lefty came into the night feeling good about his year, especially because he had’t allowed an earned run.
“It’s definitely a confidence booster,” Thomas said. “When he hit that home run, it was definitely in my mind thinking, ‘Oh there’s the first one. At least we got it out of the way now.’ He put a good swing on the ball. I just gotta keep pitching and just keep pounding the zone – that’s the main thing. ‘Cause if you’re not pounding the zone, that’s when you get into trouble.”
Gozzo stressed how important it was for two pitchers to combine for eight innings, especially with the team using seven pitchers on Tuesday.
“We basically needed that,” Gozzo said. “We’re a little bit thin in the pen right now. Him and (Tyler) Thomas… they really got us to tomorrow.”
Gozzo was especially impressed with Thomas’s determination after letting up the leadoff homer to start his outing.
“Not only did he stay in the game, he pitched very well,” Gozzo said. “I thought he did a great job of battling back, and he even wanted to go another inning. We basically had to tell him no… What a gamer.”
Gastonia tacked on a big insurance run after the Bradley homer, as Pedro Gonzalez got his first hit as a Honey Hunter – an RBI single that scored Lamar Briggs and gave his team a 4-2 lead. It was a sharp grounder hit 102.2 miles-per-hour off the bat and then off the glove of second baseman Diego Goris and into center field.
Jaime Schultz then came on for the ninth. After allowing the first two batters to reach, Schultz struck out three in a row – all swinging – to end the ballgame.
Schultz is now 5-for-5 in save opportunities and he closed the door on Charleston in Game 2 of the series.
The Honey Hunters improved to 12-5, while the Dirty Birds fell to 3-12 and are now in last place in the South.
Gastonia will try to sweep Charleston on Thursday, with first pitch being at 6:35 p.m.
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