Revs’ record in spring training stays perfect

LAKELAND, Fla. — If the York Revolution could play all its games here at the TigerTown complex in Lakeland, that would certainly be OK with manager Chris Hoiles.

The Revs improved to 6-0 all-time with a 12-5 exhibition win over Bridgeport at Mickey Cochrane Field on Thursday. Leadoff man Traivs Ezi provided the highlight of the day, launching a long fly ball off the base of the left field wall and motoring around the bases for a three-run, inside-the-park homer.

Wayne Franklin (pictured above) started for York and struggled in his two innings. The southpaw walked five batters and threw close to 70 pitches while trying to find the right release point. But it’s still early in spring camp, and the rest of York’s pitching staff provided plenty of reason for optimism. Landon Jacobsen and Aaron Myette both fired two solid innings, with Jason Olson, Matt Trent and Dan Foli all going one inning each.

Trent was maybe the most impressive Revolution pitcher to take the hill. The right-hander hit 89 mph on the radar gun with his fastball and has a devastating breaking ball.

“You know what, for the first day, they kept the ball down, especially with two strikes,” Hoiles said. “You know, to me that’s the biggest thing. Some of them were trying to find their release point and that’s what all these games down here are for. All in all, they threw the ball well.”

Matt Dryer went 2-for-3 in the game after showing up 15 minutes late for batting practice. He was hit by a pitch in his left elbow, which chased him from the game for the day. But the injury is not considered serious, despite Dryer’s claim that he is “out for the season.”

Matt Padgett went 3-for-5 out of the cleanup spot and catcher Luis Taveras also looked in great shape — doubling twice, with one two-bagger to each outfield gap. Keoni De Renne also added two hits.

Tempers flared late in the game when Bridgeport pitchers Jeff Sparks and Joe Williams both took the mound using unique deliveries. Both men stand on the rubber, like they’re pitching from the windup, but use short strides while throwing over the top — basically simulating the stretch without the added stress on your hips.

The home plate umpire had numerous discussions on where Sparks and Williams could stand, and Sparks was encouraged by the Revolution dugout to hurry the exhibition along. He responded with an invitation for any player with a problem to meet him on the mound to settle things physically.

“I’ve never seen it. I don’t know what they were doing, I really have no idea,” Hoiles said. “I want to find out the ruling if they both make the team because I don’t know what the ruling would be. I really don’t.”

Ezi also added a single to left field in the game and stole second base on the very next pitch. If the Baltimore native can get on base enough this year, he could present a number of problems for the opposition.

“I’m excited (to be back with York) and I’ll take it the same way that I did my first time here,” said Ezi, who played in the Nicaragua winter league this offseason. “I’m going to work hard and run hard. I’m getting here early and I love baseball. Regardless of which team I’m with, you’re going to see me work hard.”

I forgot to bring a scorebook to the game today, but good friend and WSBA broadcaster Darrell Henry was good enough to provide the Revolution’s box score today. Here it is:

Box Score:
Travis Ezi 2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR, SB
Keoni De Renne 2-6, R, 2 RBI, SB
Matt Esquivel 3-6, R, RBI, 2B
Matt Padgett 3-5, R, 3 RBI, 2B
Matt Dryer 2-3, R, HBP
Jason Aspito 0-2, BB, R
Kenny Perez 0-5, BB
Luis Taveras 2-3, R, 2 RBI, 2 2B
Jose Enrique Cruz 2-4, 4 R, 2 BB
Sub – Kevin Kotch 0-2
Sub – Kazunori Tanaka 0-2
Sub – Sandy Aracena 0-3

Wayne Franklin 2.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 5 BB, 4 K
Landon Jacobsen (W) 2.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K
Aaron Myette 2.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Jason Olson 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
Matt Trent 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Dan Foli 1.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K

*Franklin photo by Dispatch photographer Bill Kalina.

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5 Responses

  1. I hate to say that perfection will be soon over when you face us tomorrow. Go STORMERS!

  2. That could very well be the case.

    York will send Pete Munro, Corey Thurman, Reid Price, Nick McCurdy, Dave Veres and Aaron Rakers to the hill on Friday.

  3. I’d love to see the Revs scrap with the Bluefish. This is how real rivalries are created, not by rose garden bets between mayors.

    Do all of the teams stay in the dorms at TigerTown? Will the teams see each other off the field in the next few days?

    No real big surprises in the lineup, except maybe Taveras. Any sense of how Hoiles is going to split up the starts at catcher between Aracena and Taveras?

  4. I’m not sure how Hoiles will balance the catching duties. I would imagine Taveras will have guys he’ll catch and Aracena will do the same.

    There’s no doubt that Bridgeport and York don’t like each other. Dryer was hit by a pitch last year against Bridgeport and today’s flare-up might have carried over from that.

    All the teams stay in the dorms at TigerTown, although not all the players stay there. A bunch of the players on York’s roster are staying in hotels close to the facility.

  5. Post is updated with the box score.

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