News & Notes from Day 8 of Spring Training

Posted by on April 26, 2011 in Celson Polanco, James Shanks, Jason Botts, Jeremy Lewis, Jon Ellis, Juan Martinez, Kevin Angelle, Mark Ori, Mike DeMark, Octavio Martinez, R.J. Rodriguez, Reymond Cruz, Roster, Scott Grimes, Scott Rice, Sean Stidfole, Van Pope

Before Monday, spring training games for the York Revolution usually lasted seven or eight innings.

But with spring training winding down, and Revs manager Andy Etchebarren wanting to get some of his pitchers live action, the Revs and the Road Warriors agreed to play 11 innings on Monday at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

Had the game ended after the top of the ninth inning, York would have won, 5-2. But with the extra innings, the Road Warriors came back from a 7-5 deficit to win, 8-7.

On top of the unusual extended game, Revs pitcher Celson Polanco also threw an inning for the Road Warriors, allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts.

Including Polanco, York had seven pitchers see action on Monday. Reymond Cruz got the start and pitched two innings, allowing a run on three hits with one strikeout.

Kevin Angelle rebounded from his poor showing on Saturday by tossing two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Jeremy Lewis then pitched the fifth and sixth innings, allowing a hit and striking out one. Jon Ellis pitched the seventh and eighth innings, giving up a run and three hits while striking out one.

Mike Demark pitched the ninth inning, giving up a hit and striking out one. Sean Stidfole struggled in the tenth inning, allowing three runs on four hits with one strikeout.

Closer R.J. Rodriguez also struggled on the mound in the eleventh inning, giving up three hits, including a go-ahead three-run home run to former Rev Victor Gutierrez.

On the offensive side, the Revs were led by Mark Ori (2-for-5, double, triple, RBI), Scott Grimes (2-for-5, home run), Jason Botts (3-for-5, RBI, run), and Van Pope (2-for-5, double, RBI).

York will continue its exhibition schedule Tuesday at Lancaster, with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. The Revs will then return home Wednesday  for their final exhibition game of spring training against the Road Warriors at 6:30 p.m.

Signing: York signed 24-year-old infielder Juan Martinez, who will provide some depth to the infield after shortstop Andy Gonzalez signed with an affiliated club over the weekend. Martinez, who is the younger brother of Revs catcher Octavio Martinez, is expected to arrive in York by Wednesday.

Arrivals: Outfielder James Shanks and relief pitcher Scott Rice should be in York by Tuesday. Shanks will isn’t expected to play in the first couple regular season games this weekend, Etchebarren said.

Rice, though, is expected to practice Tuesday and might pitch in the exhibition game against the Road Warriors on Wednesday. So, there’s a chance he could be ready for opening day on Friday.

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