Revs fall below .500
With a 7-6 loss to Camden on Wednesday night York fell to 6-7 on the season.
Click here to read the full game story, with quotes from Revs’ skipper Mark Mason and starting pitcher Brett Tomko, who tossed six good innings despite battling a stomach bug.
Although York’s offense collected 12 hits, the defense committed a season-high four errors, which accounted for three unearned runs for Camden. All seven of York’s losses have been decided by two runs or less. And all but two games this season have been decided by three runs or fewer. Camden, however, also made two mishaps.
“That’s one game,” Mason said. “Some of that was…(third baseman) Andy (Marte) made a great play in the hole that saved a run and then he booted one. But some of the errors didn’t really cost us anything.”
York struck for five runs in the eighth inning on four hits, a walk and a Camden error. The stretch included an RBI double from Eric Patterson (1-for-4, run RBI), a run scored by Patterson when Camden left-fielder Yasser Gomez made a throwing error to second base on a single from Andres Perez (2-for-4, two runs). After a walk to Johan Limonta (0-for-3, run), Andy Gonzalez (2-for-4, RBI) hit an RBI single and Jeff Fiorentino (1-for-4, RBI) followed with an RBI double to make it a one-run game.
Then in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Revs loaded the bases with one out on a single, error and a walk before third baseman Andy Marte grounded into a game-ending 6-4-3 double-play. Mason said the at-bat may have been different had Marte not gone around on a check-swing on the first pitch from reliever Adrian Martin before grounding out on a breaking ball for the second pitch.
“They got a check-swing there on Marte to make it 0-1. If he (Martin) misses with that pitch there’s a good chance you’re probably going to see a fastball the next pitch because he’s not gonna go to 2-0 (on the count),” Mason said.
Tomko (0-2) took the loss despite the good outing. The former big leaguer now has a 1.80 ERA through three starts (four earned runs in 20 innings). Camden has now won four of its last five games after starting the year 0-7.
Revs’ reliever Yunior Novoa got tagged for three runs (two earned) on four hits in one inning pitched.
“Tonight he was just leaving the ball up,” Mason said of Novoa. “He hung an 0-2 breaking ball to Juan Martinez and he got a hit out of it. For the most part he was up all night.”
Patterson: Revs’ infielder Eric Patterson left the game after reaching base on a sacrifice bunt in the ninth inning. Patterson said he has a mild strain in his right quadriceps and is day-to-day.
“We’ll see how it goes. I’ll get treatment. Hopefully it’s not too long. It might be a few days,” Patterson said. “I felt it a little bit earlier in the game. It kind of went away and then (running) down the line (in the ninth inning) I felt it grab.”
Graham: Revs’ outfielder Tyler Graham did not see action in Wednesday’s game. Graham, who has been at the bottom of the batting order for a couple weeks since starting the year as York’s lead-off man, is batting a team-low .140 in 11 games this season. Mason said third-base coach Enohel Polanco has been working in the cage with Graham to get things turned around. In particular, Mason would like to see Graham keep his arms in a set position while at the plate instead of wagging the bat front and back while in a batting stance, similar to what retired big leaguer Gary Sheffield was known for doing at the plate.
“Mechanically, I think he needs (to be) a little bit more quiet with his hands,” Mason said. “I don’t think he gets into a hitting position a lot of times before the ball gets on him. He’s one of these guys (motions moving bat back-and-forth while in batting stance position), he still has some movement. I’d like to see him getting in more of a hitting stance sooner to see the ball and get into it. If you’re one of these guys you get here (bat is leaning forward) and the ball is here (halfway to home plate) and now you got to try to get back and it’s going to make it really tough to handle inside pitches. If you noticed they’ve been burying him in with fastballs.”
Next game: York will host Camden on Thursday in the series finale as the Revs look to avoid for their first sweep and three-game losing streak of the season. Left-hander Chris Cody (1-1, 1.50 ERA) will start for York against righty Josh Walter (1-1, 1.69).
In case you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s a blog post on former Revs’ starter Ryan Feierabend being promoted to triple-A in the Rangers’ system.