Game 42: Camden 7, York 3 (Revs add pitcher)

If the York Revolution plans on making a serious run at a playoff berth this season, the club needs to be able to win two games in a row on the road.

But so far, that task has been a tall order for the Revs.

Camden rocked York for a 7-3 victory Saturday night at Campbell’s Field in Aaron Rakers’ return to the starting rotation. The former Baltimore Oriole allowed five earned runs and 10 hits in four innings while picking up his fifth loss of the year. That defeat ties him with teammate Corey Thurman for the Atlantic League lead.

Riversharks’ starter Chris Young baffled the Revolution over 5 2/3 innings. He only allowed two hits and no runs in that span before being removed in favor of Julio Guerrero. The win helped Camden improve to 7-2 against York this year and the Revs dropped to a miserable 4-17 in away games.

Chris Ashby (pictured) provided a big chunk of the offense for York. He went 3-for-4 with an RBI and is now 6-for-12 over his last three games. Jason Aspito also had two hits for the Revs and Sandy Aracena and Enrique Cruz had an RBI apiece.

Revs add pitcher: Mark Rosen also made his Revolution debut in this game. The lefty relief pitcher tossed one inning, gave up one hit and one earned run and walked three hitters. Rosen has mostly Single-A and Rookie ball experience. He reached Double-A within the Diamondbacks’ organization last year and that was the highest level of play he faced in his career. Rosen, a 23-year-old Boston native, has a 5.14 ERA in 320 1/3 innings in the minors. The rest of his career numbers are here.

His addition finally adds a much-needed southpaw to the Revs’ pen. But it appears he has had trouble throwing strikes over his minor league career. That was also evident in his first outing with York. Here’s what had to say about him two years ago.

A fifth round pick back in 2002, Mark Rosen has spent the last two seasons in Low-A South Bend, finally earning the promotion to Lancaster this season, as one of five lefties on the opening day roster, by reinventing himself as a lefty specialist who could get the big strikeout when it was needed (42 Ks in 44.1 IP). Unfortunately he wasn’t throwing strikes all the time (41 BB in those same innings) and that is going to be the thing that holds him back until it is corrected. Worse yet for Rosen is the fact that now he’ll be in the California League, and his fly ball pitcher is likely to get burned by gusting winds on more than one occasion.”

Player of the Game: Jason Phillips (Camden). Phillips had the namepower coming into this year, but so far his season has been pretty average. Still, he had a big game in the win over York — finishing 2-for-4 and knocking in three runs to raise his average to .266. Young should also receive consideration for this award. He won his fourth game of the year and was virtually unhittable.

Notes: Keoni De Renne committed two errors and has 17 miscues on the year. With Kenny Perez gone, De Renne is the Revs’ only option at shortstop and that could be very troublesome as the season goes on… Matt Dryer went 0-for-1 in a pinch hit appearance Saturday and his average is now down to .244… Aracena’s 1-for-4 performance kept his average at .309 — easily the best on the club… Dan Foli pitched two innings of scoreless relief and after his erratic performance in his first few outings, this is definitely an encouraging sign… Kaz Tanaka (pictured) stole his third base of the year…. Chris Ashby played a bit of center field in this game. While he’s looked comfortable in left so far, I’m not sure he’s every-day center fielder material… The crowd at Campbell’s Field was announced at 6,032.


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