The second day of a scrimmage between the York Revolution and the Sugar Land Skeeters at Sovereign Bank Stadium, and a second win for the Revs.
This time, it didn’t take York until 7th inning to come alive. The Revs put their first run on the board in the second inning on a Travis Scott RBI single that scored Andres Perez. After a lead-off double by Michael Hernandez in the fourth inning, James Shanks later knocked a two-run homer out of the park to make it 3-0. Scott then singled and Salvador Paniagua followed with an RBI double to make it 4-0. Once again, Chris Nowak started off cold (going 0-for-3) and then homered in his fourth at-bat, with a two-run shot to centerfield that also scored Hernandez. York won by a final score of 6-1, with the Skeeters getting their lone run in the fifth inning on a sac-fly by Ben Harrison that scored Jimmy Van Ostrand. The game was cut short after eight innings due to rain.
Revs’ starter Chris Cody pitched three perfect innings, striking out one. Right-hander Shaun Garceau tossed a scoreless fourth inning, allowing a hit and striking out one. Lefty Ian Thomas gave up a run on one hit in one inning of work. Thomas also struck out a batter and hit a batter with a pitch. 6-foot-7 right-hander Stephen Penney, who arrived in York late Tuesday night, tossed a scoreless sixth inning, giving up a hit. Lefty James Houser was dominant in a 1-2-3- seventh inning, striking out two (including former Revs’ slugger Jason Botts). Santo Luis gave up a couple hits in the eighth inning but got out of trouble with an inning-ending double-play. As a whole, Revs’ pitching coach Mark Mason said York pitchers combined to throw 84 pitches in eight innings (10.5 average).
Revs’ manger Andy Etchebarren said afterwards he wasn’t impressed with Luis, but Revs’ pitching coach Mark Mason said Luis just has a couple things to work on.
“Based on the (radar) gun he’s probably throwing as hard or harder than anyone we had. I think it was straight and it was up in the zone. The control was there but the ball was up a little bit. He got squared up every time. I just think he has to work on getting the ball down.”
Mason said Garceau, who will likely be used a long-inning reliever to start the year, only got one inning on Wednesday because of the rain shortened the game.
Fan Fest: The rosters for the local all-star baseball team that will take on the Revs at Saturday’s Fan Fest have been released. Click here for all the details.
Houser: Feature story from Wednesday is on Houser, who comes to York after sitting out the 2011 season to recover from open heart surgery to repair an enlarged aorta. The story will be featured in Thursday’s York Dispatch newspaper (check it out online here). The 27-year-old reached the majors at the end of the 2010 season with the Florida Marlins and earned a spring training invite the following year with the Baltimore Orioles, where he found he needed surgery.
Thursday’s plans: The Revs will have a breakfast with season ticket holders on Thursday morning. Later, York is set to square off with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Sovereign Bank Stadium on Thursday in the team’s first official exhibition that will be open to the public. Game time is set for 1 p.m. However, Etchebarren said Wednesday night he’s unsure if the game will be played due to the weather. That may sound strange considering Thursday’s forecast (according to weather.com) is for 73 degrees and sunny. However, the field might not be in good playing condition depending on how much it rains overnight. If the game does happen, Mason said left-hander Jesus Sanchez will get the start for York. It looks like Michael Schlact will get the nod for the Blue Crabs.
Skeeter signed by Rays: Right-hander Lance Pendleton became the second Sugar Land Skeeters’ player to be picked up out of spring training. The Tampa Bay Rays signed Pendleton on Wednesday and assigned him to Class AAA Durham. Pendleton reached the majors at the end of last season, tossing four innings in relief for the Houston Astros and 11 innings for the New York Yankees. He had earned a spring training invite with the Astros this year but was realeased on March 30. For more on the signing, click here.
Sugar Land sold out: According to Skeeters’ play-by-play man Lane Zieben, the first official game at Constellation Field in Sugar Land will take place this Saturday when a pair of high school teams meet up for a regular season game. Zieben said the game is already sold out.
Quotebook: For the second day in a row, Etchebarren picked on catcher Octavio Martinez, who caught for York last year and is now with Sugar Land. When Martinez walked out for batting practice on Wednesday, Etch’ had this to say to him:
“When you come up today, we’re going to bring all the outfielders into the infield. If you get it past them, it’s a hit.”Read More