Game 37: York 2, Southern Maryland 1

The York Revolution finally solved a lefty pitcher.

The Revs entered Monday’s game 0-7 on the year against southpaw pitching and with Atlantic League ERA leader John Halama on the mound for Southern Maryland, but Dave Gassner was dominant in York’s 2-1 victory at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

Gassner pitched eight innings and only allowed an earned run while picking up his first win since May 13. He struck out six and only walked two and Dave Veres came on for his first save of the season in the ninth. The win, coupled with a 9-5 victory over Somerset Sunday, gave the Revs (13-24) their first back-to-back wins since May 3 and 4.

Matt Dryer’s 300-foot pop-up double off the big wall in left accounted for York’s first run in the fourth and Luis Taveras kicked up the chalk down the left field line in the fifth with an RBI double. That was all Gassner needed.

The former Minnesota Twin allowed two runners to reach in the sixth but escaped the jam by retiring Terrence McClain on a groundout. He pitched a perfect seventh and eighth before Veres added two strikeouts in the ninth to end it.

Halama gave manager Butch Hobson another great performance but was saddled with his first loss of the year. He went seven, allowed seven hits and struck out six while not allowing a walk.

Player of the Game: Dave Gassner (York). Hobson made a nice point about Gassner. He doesn’t have an owerpowering fastball, but when he really needs to reach back for some power he’s capable of doing that. Gassner also fields his position better than most pitchers I’ve seen in the Atlantic League. He didn’t pick off anyone in this one, but he snagged a hot shot off the bat of George Sandel in the fifth to make the play. And he also made an awkward-twisting play at first base to get Curtis Pride in the eighth.

Quotable: “He did exactly to them what Halama did to us at their place. He mixed it up and he got stronger as the game went on.” — York manager Chris Hoiles, referring to Halama’s complete-game shutout over the Revs and Gassner last Wednesday.

Notes: Dryer (pictured) appeared to injure himself during a strikeout in the sixth. He missed badly on an off-speed offering from Halama and had a very awkward swing on the third strike. Dryer said he re-injured his left shoulder, which he initially hurt diving for a ball Saturday night. Dryer was on the disabled list a couple times last year — once with a muscle strain in his rib cage… Halama’s ERA rose from 1.81 to 1.91 despite another quality start. Remember, Southern Maryland — now 18-18 and three games back in the Liberty Division picked him up in the expansion draft. That looks like a great move right now. “I’m surprised he’s still here,” Hobson said. “He’s pitched very well and his change-up has been outstanding.”… Keoni De Renne was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double on a ball hit off the left-field wall in the first. De Renne also had an infield hit in the fourth… Jake Daubert showed off his arm at third base in the sixth. He ranged toward the line and threw all the way across the diamond to get Terrence McClain at first base. Two runners were on at the time… Monday’s game took place in 2 hours, 30 minutes. I think some Atlantic League innings have lasted longer… The woeful Barnstormers committed a franchise-record eight errors in a 8-1 loss to Camden Monday night.

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4 Responses

  1. It’s really odd that there isn’t an affiliated job available for Halama. His ERA is nearly three quarters of a run better than the next nearest guy, and the next nearest guy is back in AAA (Brandon Knight). He has a 42-8 K to BB ratio, too.

  2. Hobson said there was some interest in Halama around the time Southern Maryland’s Dan Reichert was signed. But you’re right. If he keeps this up, it’s only a matter of time — even for a guy his age who’s not a power pitcher.

  3. I smell a pennant.

  4. ALB News is reporting that the Indians have signed Halama.

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