Revs come home feeling red hot
A part of me doesn’t believe I’m writing this, but the Revs will return home Monday after an eight-game road trip feeling red hot. Before York began the trip, their record was 3-10 on the road. Yet, the Revs have turned things around to go 6-2 on its recent road trip. And more and more, the additions of outfielders Bobby Kielty and Brandon Haveman seem to be looking better and better for the Revs.
Since the duo of Kielty and Haveman was inserted into the lineup, the Revs have won nine of their last 12 games. Filling in for the injured Scott Grimes (wrist), Haveman is batting .370 with a homer, five RBIs, 10 runs scored and three stolen bases for York. He’s also hitting .405 on a current nine-game hitting streak (through Monday). He has hit safely in 11 of his 12 games with York while posting six multi-hit games.It’s an improvement from the .182 average he had in 10 games with the Lancaster Barnstormers before coming to York. Kielty is batting just .244 but does have three homers and eight RBIs – he’s averaging a homer once every four games, which would equate to 35 homers in a 140-game schedule.
That isn’t to say the rest of the Revs’ offense hasn’t done anything. Rather, maybe the bats of Haveman and Kielty have had a trickle-down effect on York’s offense. Third baseman Ramon Castro and outfielder James Shanks, for example, are both going through turnarounds at the plate after starting the season slow. Castro is now on a club season-best 14-game hitting streak and has bumped his average up to .295. Shanks was hitting .213 before May 24, but is now on an eight-game hitting streak and has improved his average to .240.
In the six victories on York’s road trip, they outscored opponents 49-7.
Pitching: The Revs’ pitching has been just as stellar as of late. That was highlighted when right-hander Corey Thurman pitched a complete game for the first time in his 17-year pro career in a 13-1 victory over Long Island on Sunday (York is now 7-1 in his eight starts for the season). The Revs set a season-high with 13 runs scored and tied a season-best with 15 hits in the win.
With Thurman’s performance on Sunday, Revs’ starters have combined for a 1.00 ERA in the last four games. Right-hander Shawn Hill (6.1 IP, 0 ER on June 2) and left-handers Jesus Sanchez (5.2 IP, 1 ER on June 1) and Chris Cody (6 IP, 1 ER on May 31) are all coming off really solid starts.
Standings: York (17-19) has yet to reach the .500 mark this season, but it looks like that’ll happen sooner rather than later if things keep going the Revs’ way. York is sitting in second place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division, at 3.5 games behind first-place Lancaster (21-16). Somerset (16-21) is sitting in tie for last place with Sugar Land (16-21). The Patriots’ 4-1 win over Camden on Sunday snapped on eight-game losing streak. With a 6-1 loss to Southern Maryland on Monday, the Skeeters have lost six of their last seven games.
Camden preview: Revs’ no. 2 starter Ryan Feierabend will look to get back on track and keep the trend going on Tuesday when the Camden Riversharks come to York for the first of a three-game series. Tuesday’s game kicks off a nine-game homestand for the Revs, who also play 15 of their next 19 games at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
Feierabend is coming off his worst start of the season, having surrendered 11 runs (five earned) on 11 hits in 2.1 innings on May 30 in a 15-9 loss at Bridgeport. Prior to that, Feierabend had give up just five combined runs in his previous four starts (29.2 IP), accumulating a 1.52 ERA over that stretch. He was also coming off a complete-game, one-run performance entering the May 30 start.
Feierabend (3-2, 3.24 ERA) will oppose Camden righty Kevin Reese (1-1, 3.45) in Tuesday’s opener vs. Camden at 6:30 p.m. at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
Camden (18-19) enters the series having won five of its last six games, and six of its last nine games. The Riversharks are around the middle of the league in runs scored (180, fourth), RBIs (167, fourth) and batting average (.264, fifth). They have 12 triples to this point (second in the league), 79 doubles (third), 334 hits (sixth) and 24 homers (seventh). The .300 batting average of third baseman Brian Burgamy is 13th among all Atlantic League players. Burgamy is tied with York’s Michael Hernandez for fifth in the league in RBIs (26). Outfielder Drew Macis leads the club in homers (five).
York enters the series at the bottom of the league in hits (317), doubles (51) and triples (five,) batting average (.260). Though it should be noted that five other teams are batting below .270 to this point.
Both Camden and York are averaging 4.9 runs a game. As far as pitching goes, York’s 4.67 team ERA is fifth in the league, ahead of Camden’s 5.06 ERA (seventh).
Majewski gets call-up: The Texas Rangers called up outfielder Val Majewski from Class AA Frisco to Class AAA Round Rock last week. It’s somewhat surprising considering the veteran was hitting just .250 with five RBIs and a homer in 21 games at Frisco. However, in five games (through Monday) so far with Round Rock he is 6-for-16 at the plate (.375) with five RBIs.