Game 72: York 9, Camden 3

For a guy who made only one career start in 382 appearances before this year, Aaron Rakers is turning into quite the starting pitcher.

The former Baltimore Orioles’ prospect gave York its second consecutive outstanding pitching performance Wednesday night in a 9-3 win over Camden before an announced crowd of 2,265 at Campbell’s Field. Rakers (5-6) struck out a Revolution season-best 10 hitters — besting Corey Thurman’s mark of nine from the previous night — and went 7 1/3 innings and only allowed one earned run (three total). The 10 strikeouts were a career high for Rakers.

Freedom Division All-Star reserve Sandy Aracena helped Rakers’ cause on offense, belting two homers after the game’s start was delayed 66 minutes due to rain. Aracena hit an opposite-field solo shot in the sixth and added a two-run homer in the eighth. Aracena now has five long balls on the year.

Matt Esquivel also had a two-hit night. He had two, two-run singles — one in the first and one in the ninth — and both came with two outs. Jose Enrique Cruz extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 2-for-5 performance.

York is now 2-0 (32-40 overall) in the second half and is all alone in first place in the Freedom Division. Newark and Lancaster are both 1-1 and Somerset is 0-2 so far in the second half.

The Revs will send Aaron Myette (5-5, 5.47 ERA) to the mound for an 11:05 a.m. start today against Darren Sack (2-5, 6.33 ERA). York will be looking for the first road sweep in franchise history and has already locked down its first road series win of the year.

Player of the Game: Aaron Rakers (York). Sandy Aracena deserves serious credit for homering twice — the third Revolution player to accomplish the feat this year — but Rakers was the story. His splitter was untouchable and he continues to improve in the rotation. It seems like those on the starting staff are feeding off each other right now.

Notes: Kennard Jones doubled in the first inning to start the early scoring for York. It seems he’s in the middle of every big start for the Revs. … York has won four in a row — the last two of a four-game set with Lancaster and the first two against Camden. … The Revs improved to 12-25 on the road this season. … York is 21-16 since June 1. The Revolution also entered Wednesday night hitting .295 as a team over the last 39 games. … Jason Aspito, Jones, Cruz, Esquivel, Aracena and Keoni De Renne all had two hits. … Camden only mustered four hits and its two runs in the eighth were both unearned.

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One Response

  1. The best thing about the Revs run of late is that every phase of the team seems to be clicking. The rotation is strong, the bullpen is as good as ever, and the offense has finally performed as expected and even the defense seems to have tightened up.

    I don’t see anything particularly fluky about the way they are playing. I think this team is a contender.

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