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Game 113: Camden 5, York 3

Here’s a head scratcher if there ever was one.

Which former Major League starter once posted a 6.99 ERA for an entire season — the highest ERA ever for any pitcher with 30 or more starts?

That dubious distinction goes to former 21-game winner Jose Lima.

But while the 35-year-old right-hander with a flare for the dramatic doesn’t seem to have the velocity or the repertoire left to fool major league hitters anymore, he certainly has enough remaining in the tank to dominate the Atlantic League on any given day.

That was evident Sunday afternoon at Sovereign Bank Stadium as Lima pitched 7 2/3 innings and only allowed two earned runs in Camden’s 5-3 win over the York Revolution. Lima’s only mistake was a two-run, opposite-field homer to the Revs’ Matt Dryer in the fifth.

Through the rest of his outing it was simply what baseball enthusiasts would refer to as “Lima Time.”

“I’m far from quitting and I’m far from done,” said Lima, who made his way back to the majors after pitching for Newark of the Atlantic League five years ago. “If I can show I can still get people out at this level, because it’s like Triple-A for me, I think I could get a chance to go back and finish my career (in the big leagues).”

Sunday’s game got off to a horrendous start for York (24-19, 54-59) when pitching coach Tippy Martinez had to pay a visit to starter Aaron Rakers before he had even recorded an out. Rakers, making his second start since returning to the starting rotation following an arm injury, allowed a moonshot, three-run homer to the Riversharks’ L.J. Biernbaum in the first that smacked one of the canopies in the picnic area in right field.

Rakers (9-7) settled down from there — he allowed eight hits and four earned runs in six innings — but Lima kept York from getting anything going. The Revs did have the tying runs in scoring position with no outs against Camden closer Alec Zumwalt in the ninth, but Kaz Tanaka, Keoni De Renne and Jose Enrique Cruz all struck out swinging to end the game.

“I thought he’s a contact hitter and with the infield back all we needed to do was to get a ground ball and bring one in,” Hoiles said of his decision to not pinch hit for Tanaka, a .213 hitter this year. “My options were (Kennard) Jones or (Sam) Rosario at the time, so I thought Kaz could put the ball in play just as well as they could. That’s the reason I stayed with him.”

With the loss, York lost for the first time on a Sunday at home (8-1) and had to settle for a four-game split with the Riversharks (17-25, 57-55). And the Revs also saw their lead in the Freedom Division shrink to 3½ games thanks to Newark’s 2-1 win over Long Island.

The Revolution will enjoy its last off-day of the season Monday before traveling to Bridgewater, N.J. for the start of a three-game series with Somerset Tuesday night. Dan Foli (4-6, 5.26 ERA) will square off against Patriots’ starter Brian Adams (9-6, 4.89 ERA).


One Response

  1. Jose Lima pitched a nice game last night…similar to the start on Tuesday that he had against the Barnstormers. Good to see him interacting with the fans as well. I was never a fan of his but seeing how he has been respectful of this league has changed my opinion of him.

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