Game 70: York 6, Lancaster 2

Although a playoff berth — heck, even a winning record — has long been out of reach for the York Revolution in the Atlantic League first half, it meant a lot to manager Chris Hoiles and his club to avoid a last-place finish in the Freedom Division.

Mission accomplished.

York rallied back to win the final two games of a four-game series and clinched a tie with Lancaster for the third-place spot in the Freedom Division via a 6-2 win at Sovereign Bank Stadium Sunday evening. The win gave both Lancaster and York identical 30-40 records to close the first 70 games and the Revs are now 4-6 against the ‘Stormers in the 2008 War of the Roses series.

Chris Ashby homered again for York and spark plug Kennard Jones (pictured) had two hits and two runs out of the leadoff spot. Shea Hillenbrand continued his campaign to be moved up in the lineup with another two-hit game and Keoni De Renne kept it going with two hits out of the No. 8 hole.

Wayne Franklin (5-2) was efficient in his first start since returning from Mexico. The former major leaguer pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out six. Matt Trent, Jason Olson, Mark Rosen and Nick McCrudy (two more scoreless innings with three strikeouts) got the job done in relief of Franklin.

York now visits Camden and then Southern Maryland for two three-game series before the All-Star break next week. The break will be followed by another three on the road in Long Island before the Revs have seven straight at home.


3 Responses

  1. I think- apart from avoiding the outright basement for the first half- the way this team has been playing lately really bodes well for the second half.

    Ashby and Jones have really been amazing additions to the lineup. Ashby finally filled the number 3 spot in the batting order and Jones has brought a lot of excitement to the leadoff spot. I have to eat some words here, I didn’t think Jones was going to do particularly well based on his numbers from the Carolina League a year ago, but he really does a nice job of finding ways to get on base. He’s kind of the new-guy-who-turns-things-around the way De Renne was last year.

    Hillenbrand has managed to put together a nice batting average without hitting the ball particularly well. Imagine what he might do when he finally gets locked in.

    If De Renne can keep playing good defense, as he has for the past couple of weeks, and Cruz continues to hit some, there really isn’t a hole in this Revs lineup.

    With Thurman coming off Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month, Castillo hopefully rounding into mid-season form, and Franklin back from Mexico the starters should be a lot better in the second half than in the first half.

    Assuming that Somerset will coast a bit now that they have locked up a playoff spot, I think the Revs can challenge Newark for the second half title.

    Newark has an excellent team, no question. The Revs need to figure out a way to win more head-to-head games with the Bears, somehow.

  2. The second half should be interesting!

  3. lets win more games! keep up the hitting guys!!!

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