CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. –- The difference in the game happened to be a flick of the wrist.
York Revolution starting pitcher Nick Schumacher would pitch a near-perfect game. It was one of those days, the right-hander would say after the game, where he knew “from the get-go” that he had all his pitches. And he could locate all his pitches.
But the Long Island Ducks still managed to beat him and the York Revolution, handing the Revs a 1-0 loss at Bethpage Ballpark. The win allowed Long Island to take a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-five Atlantic League Championship Series.
And it all comes back to that flick of the wrist. Atlantic League batting champion Kraig Binick flicked his bat at a 1-2 outside pitch in the third inning -– flinging a single into shallow right field that scored former Revs outfielder Matt Esquivel from third. Esquivel led off the third inning with a double, hit down the third base line. Esquivel raced to third base on a Freddie Thon groundout to second base.
“He just flipped his bat out there and said, ‘We’ll take that run,’” Schumacher said, flashing a smirk.
That was the difference.
York out-hit Long Island 7-4. York stranded nine runners on base, compared to Long Island’s two stranded runners.