Game 21: Lancaster 7, York 3

Perhaps the York Revolution should take a page out of Jason Giambi’s book and pick up a few golden thongs.

Because something clearly has to change to turn things around for the Revs.

York dropped into sole possession of the Freedom Division basement with another humbling loss to Lancaster Saturday night. The Revs once again held an early lead, but lost a 7-3 decision in front of an announced 5,688 at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

York (7-14) has dropped 10 of its last 12 games and this one hurt even more because it came a day after manager Chris Hoiles held a closed-door meeting to address his team’s struggles. The Revs were also snake-bit by a few, seemingly minute mistakes. Matt Dryer booted a ground ball in the fourth — allowing Danny Gonzalez to reach base — and Brian Stavisky followed with an opposite field, two-run homer. Then Corey Thurman hit Gonzalez with a pitch to start off the sixth, which jump-started a five-run rally for the Barnstormers (8-13).

Thurman didn’t pitch badly but dropped to 0-4 on the year. He allowed six runs (five earned) in 5 1/3 innings — with most of that damage coming in the sixth. Thurman allowed four straight hits before being removed in favor of Dave Gil. His ERA dropped from 11.05 to 10.35.

Change could be coming. It was like a funeral in the locker room after the game and Adam Gladstone, the Revolution’s director of baseball operations, said he continues to explore the open market.

“Obviously, we didn’t sign guys that are career .209 hitters,” Gladstone said. “You think that’s going to break out eventually. It’s early. We’re 7-14. We won’t stand pat. We won’t continue to let this happen. We’ll continue to see if there’s improvement.”

Hoiles said he was pleased with the club’s effort Saturday night. He declined to explain what the general jist of the team meeting was on Friday.

“That’s pretty much an in-house thing,” Hoiles said. “I was happy with the effort (Saturday). It looked like they had a little extra bounce in their step, but I don’t know what it is offensively. We score a couple runs on six hits. Everything they (Lancaster) hit goes in the air with the wind blowing out 100 miles an hour. Everything we hit is on the ground. That’s the way things are going.”

Tyler Von Schell and Jason Aspito both homered for the Revs. But true to form, both shots were solo jobs. Matt Padgett scored York’s first run after hustling to third base on a bang-bang play and came around on Aspito’s sacrifice fly.

Player of the Game: Brian Stavisky (Lancaster). Stavisky tied the game at 2-2 with his long ball in the fourth and also added a big RBI double in the sixth. Tim McClaskey should receive considerations for this award too. He pitched six solid innings and allowed two runs (one earned).

Notes: Danny Gonzalez reached base in all five of his plate appearances a night after going 4-for-4. He had two walks, reached on an error and singled in the ninth… Lance Burkhart also hit a two-run bomb for the Barnstormers — which capped a string of five straight hits for the Barnstormers in the sixth… Gil allowed one earned run, two hits and two walks in 2/3 innings… Matt Esquivel was ejected in the seventh after arguing with the home plate umpire. He drew a line in the dirt where he thought the pitch crossed the plate. Esquivel was called out looking on the pitch… Dryer’s start at first base was his second start of the year in the field.

Lancaster — 000◊205◊000 — 7◊11◊2

York — 010◊010◊100 — 3◊6◊2

2ND: Jason Aspito’s sacrifice fly scores Matt Padgett (1-0 York).

4TH: Brian Stavisky two-run homer, Danny Gonzalez scores (2-1 Lancaster).

5TH: Tyler Von Schell solo homer to left center (2-2).

6TH: Brian Stavisky RBI double scores Danny Gonzalez (3-2 Lancaster); Manny Mejia RBI double scores Stavisky (4-2); Vasili Spanos RBI single scores Mejia (5-2); Lance Burkhart two-run homer scores Ian Bladergroen (7-2).

7TH: Jason Aspito blasts solo homer to right field (7-3).

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7 Responses

  1. Jeff, Thanks for providing game updates for all fans on your site.

  2. Was that umpire the same guy the Revs had trouble with a couple weeks ago? Esquivel went from strike three to being ejected in about three seconds and he didn’t even look particularly boisterous. Padgett really had some issues with the calls in his last at-bat, as well, but he managed to not get tossed.

    Maybe Thurman needs to go to the pen. He is effective at times, but always manages to have a disastrous inning. It was pretty obvious, though, that Gil needs some “spring training” before he moves to the rotation.

    Is there any particular reason why Perez sat tonight? For a guy who’s hitting under .100, Cruz’s defense wasn’t much better than his hitting. He really should have been charged with an error in the first inning, there was nothing particularly tough about that play other than a little hop. I don’t see how Perez goes from being moved up to the number two spot one night and gets benched the next night, either.

  3. Not a problem. I’ll try to do the same for Sunday’s game.

  4. Hoiles continues to shift the lineup and give other guys opportunities because the status quo isn’t working. I don’t think Hoiles is the one at fault here. This team has a horrible approach to hitting — maybe one that will be impossible to change. The Revs simply signed too many free-swingers and it’s silly to think they’re going to change that approach at this point in their careers. I believe changes must be made (releasing guys, trades, signings, etc.).

    Thurman should have been taken out after the two-run double to Stavisky. That’s my only pet peeve with Hoiles. He likes to stick with his pitchers a little too long sometimes.

    When Esquivel drew the line in the dirt, he had to be ejected. That’s automatic in most cases. Not sure if it was the same ump.

  5. While some points are valid about the mgt. I don’t think anyone could of been up and ready to go in the pen when Thurman got hit so quick- especially the way he cruised for five innings, so maybe Hoiles should be given a break on that.

  6. Maybe so. I think they got Dave Gil up just after Thurman hit Gonzalez, so it would have taken some major stalling to get him ready that quickly — especially considering Gil’s usually a starter.

    But if you’ve watched Thurman pitch this year, it’s clear that he allows little bits of adversity to mess with his concentration. He was clearly ticked by Dryer’s error and hung a pitch to Stavisky. When he hit Gonzalez (on a 1-2 count I believe), he fell apart.

    Thurman is showing improvement. But he needs to produce quickly or he’ll lose his spot in the rotation.

  7. The old adage that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks I think is very inappropriate for this team. I think most of these guys would be open to a new approach in their hitting, considering I would bet, that most of them don’t want the Atlantic League as the final stop in their careers. If you brought in a guy who wasn’t a part time sheriff’s deputy and more of an experienced coach on a professional level, I bet dollars to Maple Donuts that the hitting would improve.

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