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Game 5: York 2, Southern Maryland 0

A crowd of 2,177 showed up to watch the York Revolution at Sovereign Bank Stadium on a cold and blustery Wednesday evening, and Aaron Myette and Dan Reichert did their best to send the fans home quickly.

Myette pitched 6 1/3 innings and struck out eight Blue Crabs in a 2-0 shutout to help York to its second straight win. Myette dueled with Reichert — also a former major leaguer — for six innings and Reichert was equally brilliant. The right-hander struck out 10 hitters but served up a solo home run to Jason Aspito in the fifth, a run that proved to be enough for the Revs.

Travis Phelps came on in relief of Myette in the seventh with runners on the corners and only one out. But Phelps closed the door with authority. He struck out Adam Shorsher looking and then fanned Terrence McClain swinging to end the threat. Jason Olson pitched an eventful ninth — allowing a walk and a hit — but nailed down his first save of the year.

Player of the Game: Aaron Myette (York). Aspito — who knocked in the other York run with a single — and Phelps played huge roles in this victory, but Myette set the table for it all to happen. He had Southern Maryland’s hitters off balance with a number of good off-speed pitches and his fastball had more bite than his opening-night start in Camden, N.J. Myette only allowed five hits and walked two to pick up his first professional win in the United States since 2004.

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Game 4: York 9, Southern Maryland 0

After three games in Camden, N.J. in which York’s offense just couldn’t seem to put it together, the Revs finally broke out of their offensive slump in Tuesday’s home-opener at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

York sent 10 men to the plate in the second and scored six runs on the way to a 9-0 shutout win over Southern Maryland. Travis Ezi’s two-run home run highlighted the monster inning and Tyler Von Schell was 2-for-4 with a solo blast, launching a long shot over the Arch Nemesis in left field. All the offense plus Wayne Franklin’s five shutout innings sent the crowd of 6,038 — the second largest crowd in Sovereign Bank Stadium history — home happy.

Player of the Game: Wayne Franklin (York). After dealing with a nasty illness over the weekend in Camden, Franklin started to feel a little bit better on Sunday morning. Then he felt a lot better during York’s off-day on Monday. The rest led to a great performance from the former major leaguer. Franklin tossed five innings of shutout ball, striking out six to pick up his first win of the season. The lefty walked three batters in the fourth inning and loaded the bases but was able to pitch around the trouble and hold the Blue Crabs off the board.

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Series 2: Southern Maryland @ York

How does the saying go?

Those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it?

In case you forgot how last season started, I’ll lay it out for you. The York Revolution lost the first four games in franchise history — three in Bridgeport, Ct. and one in Camden, N.J. — and it was an uphill battle from that moment forward. York never really settled in and went on to a 26-37 record in the first half.

And after his club was dealt another sweep to start the 2008 season, manager Chris Hoiles cannot feel comfortable right now — especially with the health of starting pitchers Landon Jacobsen and Pete Munro up in the air. But the Revs do have a few things going for them heading into Tuesday’s series with Southern Maryland. For starters, this is an improved team. There’s no questioning that. Second, playing a home game might be enough to stop a prolonged losing streak.

But the Revs better turn things around quickly. Somerset (2-1) and Lancaster (2-1) already have a two-game lead on York in the Freedom Division. So let’s take a look at the breakdown of the upcoming series with the Blue Crabs (1-2).

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Game 3: Camden 5, York 2

Camden once again got the early jump on the York Revolution, putting up a five-spot in the second inning and cruising to a 5-2 victory at Campbell’s Field on Sunday afternoon.

The win capped off a three-game sweep for the Riversharks (3-0) and saddled York (0-3) with a three-game skid to start the year. York was also swept in its opening series at Bridgeport last season.

Camden’s L.J. Bierbaum led off the second with a single and then Nic Jackson singled with two outs to move Biernbaum to second. Both men moved up on a wild pitch from York starter Aaron Rakers (0-1) and Gabe Suarez followed with a double to score both Biernbaum and Jackson. Rakers then walked Erik San Pedro and leadoff man Chris Walker tripled for the second time in three nights to make it 4-0. A Gary Cates double plated Walker to complete the ‘Sharks monster inning.

York’s offense stalled once again, only managing four hits in the game. Keoni De Renne hit leadoff and went 1-for-4 with Travis Ezi receiving the day off. Matt Padgett, Matt Esquivel and Tyler Von Schell added the other hits for the Revs. Matt Dryer (pictured) went 0-for-3 with a walk, snapping a two-game hitting streak.

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Game 2: Camden 3, York 1

The York Revolution managed to hold Camden’s offense in check for much of the evening Saturday night, but the Revs couldn’t muster much offense of their own in a 3-1 loss at Campbell’s Field.

Chris Young got the start for the Riversharks and pitched five innings while only allowing two hits and one earned run. York wasted a strong outing from Corey Thurman, who went five frames and gave up two earned runs and two hits. Reid Price allowed an earned run on two hits in his first Atlantic League appearance and Jason Olson and Dave Veres were flawless after that in relief.

The Riversharks (2-0) got all the offense they needed on a two-run homer from Josh Rabe in the first inning. Keoni De Renne (pictured) went 1-for-4 and scored the only run for York (0-2) while Matt Dryer had two hits from the cleanup spot. Matt Esquivel moved down to the fifth spot after hitting third in the opener, but the move did little good. Esquivel went 0-for-4 for the second straight night. Tyler Von Schell was hitless in his first start for the Revs and Matt Padgett shifted over to third with Von Schell playing first.

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Game 1: Camden 11, York 4

CAMDEN, N.J. — York held a two-run lead after 2 1/2 innings, but much like last year, the Revolution bullpen couldn’t hold a lead and York dropped an 11-4 decision to Camden at Campbell’s Field.

Player of the Game: Brett Bonvechio (Camden). Bonvechio launched a two-run homer that really rattled starter Aaron Myette and finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. L.J. Biernbaum also cranked a two-run shot for the ‘Sharks. Jason Aspito looked good for the Revs. The outfielder narrowly missed a homer in his first at-bat on a ball he said he hit off the end of the bat. Aspito finished 2-for-4.

Quotable: “This was a long time coming after breaking my wrist last year. It felt like I got cheated out of the last three weeks last season. It was great to be out there playing under the lights.” — Jason Aspito.

Notes: There has been a change in York’s pitching rotation for the weekend. Corey Thurman will get the start on Saturday night, Aaron Rakers (right) will take the mound on Sunday and Wayne Franklin will start the home opener in York on Tuesday. The initial plan was to keep Rakers in the bullpen, but that has obviously changed… Travis Ezi pulled up lame on his way to second base in the ninth inning. Manager Chris Hoiles said he didn’t have any information on Ezi’s condition.

Below is the game recap. Read my game story here.

1ST: Travis Ezi doubles off the base of the left field wall; Keoni De Renne lines out to left field; Matt Esquivel flies out to the shortstop on the outfield grass; Matt Padgett grounds out to first. Recap: 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 LOB.

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Series 1: York @ Camden

An odd thing will happen on Friday night inside the cozy confines of Campbell’s Field.

Chris Hoiles and the York Revolution will emerge from the dugout tunnel and there will actually be fans in the seats.

What a difference a year makes.

York returns to its home away from home for the first series of the 2008 season and its first chance to show off a talented roster. The Revs spent six weeks playing “home” games in Camden, N.J. last year before construction was complete at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Some nights there were as few as 12 fans in the seats and many other nights brought crowds of less than 100. I was there for the first “home” game, which was attended by 45 fans.

But York won’t have to deal with any lack of atmosphere this weekend. Instead, the Revolution will be able to concentrate on getting off to a better start than a year ago. Last season, the Revs went 0-4 to start the year before finally breaking through against the Riversharks. Hoiles is hoping it doesn’t take that long for the team to break into the win column this time around and he’ll turn to Aaron Myette (pictured) in the opener to start things off right.

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