Revs’ spring training dominance ends in odd twist

The York Revolution jumped out to a seven-run lead in a scrimmage against Southern Maryland, but the Revs learned that no lead is safe in the Atlantic League — especially in an exhibition.

York and the Blue Crabs played to a 12-12 tie at the TigerTown complex in Lakeland, Fla., on Saturday. The tie sent the Revs’ all-time record in spring training contests to 7-0-1.

Travis Ezi led off the game with a triple — his second in as many days — and came around to score on an RBI groundout by Keoni De Rene (right). From there, the Revs’ offense went berserk in the second inning. York put a six spot on the board, with the main damage done by De Renne’s three-run bomb.

Wayne Franklin started again for York and struggled for the second straight outing in 2 1/3 innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits. He also walked five for the second straight start, which might be an indication that Franklin is just taking a little bit of time to get things together this spring.

Newcomer Landon Jacobsen replaced Franklin and was also pounded in his 2 2/3 innings. He served up seven earned runs and gave up five hits and three walks. Matt Trent came on for a scoreless inning, Dan Foli blanked Southern Maryland for two innings and Jason Olson didn’t allow a run in his one frame.

Matt Dryer had another solid game, going 2-for-2 with two doubles. Apparently, as Dryer said before camp started, his shoulder issues do not effect his hitting. Matt Padgett also launched his first home run in a Revolution uniform and Jason Aspito broke out of a mini-slump with two hits. Luis Taveras and backup catcher Kevin Kotch also had two hits.

York teed off against former teammate Jeff Farnsworth, who started for Southern Maryland and gave up five earned runs in three innings. Check out today’s box score below, courtesy of WSBA broadcaster Darrell Henry:

Travis Ezi 1-3, 3B, R
Keoni De Renne 1-5, HR, 4RBI
Matt Esquivel 3-5, R
Matt Padgett 1-4, HR, RBI, 3R, BB
Matt Dryer 2-2, 2 2Bs, RBI, R
Jason Aspito 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, 2R, BB
Kenny Perez 0-5, R
Luis Taveras 2-3, 2RBI, R
Jose Enrique Cruz 1-3, RBI, BB
Kazunori Tanaka 0-2, RBI, SB
Kevin Kotch 2-3, R
Sandy Aracena 0-2

Wayne Franklin 2.1 IP, 5R, 5ER, 7H, 5BB, 2K
Landon Jacobsen 2.2 IP, 7R, 7ER, 5H, 3BB, 2K
Matt Trent 1.0 IP, 0R, 0ER, 0H, 0BB, 1K
Dan Foli 2.0 IP, 0R, 0ER, 1H, 1BB, 1K
Jason Olson 1.0 IP, 0R, 0ER, 1H, 0BB, 1K

*Photo by Dispatch photographer Bill Kalina.

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4 Responses

  1. Well, I never like to use spring as a litmus test for baseball, but the Revs look legit. Seems like Franklin is struggling-maybe the pen is the best place for him. Looking forward to seeing them in Camden next weekend.

  2. I have to say, York’s lineup is much better than I anticipated. It’s a nightmare for opposing pitchers, especially if Ezi continues to hit like this.

    Franklin was a slow starter last year too. So his early struggles are not that huge of a concern quite yet — especially with other guys on the staff throwing well so far.

  3. The Spring Training undefeated streak continues, if not the winning streak.

    Is my math right, it seems like Esquivel has 3 hits every game and is hitting about .600 so far? I hope he stays in York, but this isn’t going help….

  4. From what I’ve seen from Esquivel, he always hits the ball hard when he puts it in play. And I don’t even think we’ve seen him hit for power yet.

    Matt Padgett is another guy who I’m really impressed with. He’s had a lot of solid hits so far this spring.

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