York gets back in win column
Looking through the pre-game notes provided by the Revs on Wednesday, I was shocked to see the Revs’ 23-inning scoreless streak coming into Wednesday was a franchise record. The Revs also hadn’t hit a home run since Opening Day at Sugar Land last Thursday. And they had yet to score multiple runs in one inning this season.
Outfielder Michael Hernandez changed all that with one swing in the first inning at Sovereign Bank Stadium on Wednesday morning (yes, morning, it was an 11 a.m. game).
With two runners on base, Hernandez sent the ball over the left-field wall to give York a 3-0 lead. The Revs tacked on a run in the sixth with a sac fly from Liu Rodriguez that scored Travis Scott from third. The Revs ended up needing the insurance run as right-hander Ricardo Gomez surrendered a three-run bomb to Camden the next inning. York would hold on for a 4-3 win.
The Revs improved to 2-4 while Camden dropped to 3-3. Click here for full game details.
Offense: Though York got back in the win column, the team still only collected six hits. The Revs have yet to get more than six hits in a single game this season. Still, Wednesday may have been a good sign the offense is turning around, at least that’s how skipper Andy Etchebarren feels.
“We’re gonna hit. I’m not losing my confidence in this team,” he said. “It’s just I hope we start pretty soon.”
Feierabend dominant: Revs’ starter Ryan Feierabend bounced back in his second start of the season after he gave up five runs on eight hits in less than five innings in his first start last Friday at Sugar Land. The lefty held the Riversharks scoreless in five innings of work, allowing four hits and walking one while striking out three to pick up his first win in a Revs uniform. He threw 44 of his 66 pitches for strikes.
Sanchez moved to bullpen: Etch’ said left-hander Jesus Sanchez has been moved out of the starting rotation and put in the bullpen. This despite having a solid showing in spring training and looking decent in his first start of the season at Sugar Land on Sunday. In that game, Sanchez surrendered two runs in the first inning on three hits and two walks. After that, though, he retired the side in the second inning and only faced four batters in the third. For the game, he was credited for two runs on four hits in three innings of work with two walks and no strikeouts.
The 37-year-old Sanchez had a short leash heading into the season, though. So, he had to be lights out in his first start of the year if he wanted to keep a spot in the rotation. Etch’ said right-hander Omar Javier and left-hander Yunior Novoa will be the team’s No. 4 and No. 5 starters (for now anyway).
Game Three: The Revs host Camden on Thursday in the finale of the three-game series. York left-hander Chris Cody (0-1, 5.40 ERA) will face Camden right-hander Bryan Corey (0-1, 3.00 ERA).
Quotebook: When asked about what went wrong with Ricardo Gomez’s pitch that he served up to Steve Doetsch in the seventh inning for a three-run home run, Etch’ had the following response:
“What was wrong? Well, it wasn’t a wrong pitch at the wrong time. What was wrong was the (nine) straight balls he threw before that. It was nine. That’s what was wrong with it. I don’t give a s— if he hits a solo home run. We had a four-run lead. It was those other nine f– pitches I didn’t like.”