Changes may be coming if things don’t turn around soon.
That’s the sentiment York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren expressed following the Revs’ fifth straight loss on Wednesday.
This time, the Revs fell to the Road Warriors, 5-2, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
And again, York got a poor performance from its starting pitcher. Corey Thurman allowed five earned runs on nine hits in five innings of work. Thurman (1-1) surrendered all of the runs in the third inning.
York’s starters entered Wednesday’s game with a 12.12 ERA in the previous four losses.
“(The starting pitchers) gotta stay out there. They need to learn how to get out of jams. And if they can’t learn, then I’ll make a change,” Etchebarren said.
Road Warriors starter Luke Massetti (1-1) held York (8-6) scoreless in his six innings of work, allowing just four hits while striking out three. The Revs collected eight hits in the game, getting a run in the seventh and another in eighth.
Following the loss, Etchebarren called a team meeting.
“He just told us to come out ready to play,” outfielder James Shanks said. “We just need to come out mentally prepared for the game and give it 100 percent, like we did when we first started off the season.”
Among his other concerns, Etchebarren said he isn’t impressed with the hitting, or lack-there-of, of his first two hitters. Those two spots have fluctuated among Scott Grimes, Chris Walker and Liu Rodriguez through most of the team’s first 14 games. Grimes, last year’s co-Atlantic League MVP, owns the team’s worst batting average (.174), while Walker is hitting just .237. Rodriguez, meanwhile, has gone 1-for-16 at the plate in the last four games.
The manager is also upset with the team’s defense, which has committed eight errors in the last five losses, including one by Shanks on Wednesday.
Part of the problem with the defense has been on the left side of the infield, where the Revs have struggled since shortstop Andy Gonzalez left the club about a week before the season started when he was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization.
Infielders Van Pope and Juan Martinez have each seen playing time at short, but the pair has combined for five errors this season, and neither has produced at the plate, batting a combined .208 in 53 plate appearances.
Etchebarren said York is close to signing an infielder to help solve the defensive and offensive woes, but he didn’t disclose who that might be.
While some changes might be lurking in the future, Etchebarren has already begun making a change elsewhere. Reliever R.J. Rodriguez has lost his closer role after his performance Sunday against Southern Maryland.
That game, Rodriguez tossed a scoreless inning, but walked two, and threw only eight of his 28 pitches for strikes. In the loss on Wednesday, Rodriguez pitched the eighth inning while reliever Scott Rice tossed a scoreless ninth inning.
“I’m not saying I won’t use (Rodriguez) in the ninth inning, but it’s not his job anymore,” Etchebarren said.
York will return to action on Thursday to host the Road Warriors (5-9). And Shanks said he hopes to see a different team come game time.
“It’s still early in the year. So, we just got make it a point of coming out and being ready,” he said. “I think we’ll do that.”
First pitch for Thursday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Polanco released: York released relief pitcher Celson Polanco on Wednesday because there’s not enough room for him in the bullpen to get any work, Etchebarren said. Polanco had an 8.11 ERA in three games for the Revs, allowing six runs, three earned, on seven hits.Read More