Statement Time

As well as the York Revolution has played in the second half, the fact of the matter is the Revs lead in the Freedom Division is down to only two games.

The last two weeks was the time for this team to make a move in this mediocre division. It was the time to put Newark, Lancaster and Somerset in the rearview mirror.

And the Revs missed out on the opportunity.

York has played .500 ball over the last 12 days. Since the franchise-record, eight-game winning streak, York has not even won two games in a row. The Freedom Division leaders have alternated wins and losses over the last 12 games (6-6) while second-place Newark has caught fire. The Bears have won six straight.

So with Lancaster coming to town for a weekend series, it’s time for the Revs to make a statement. Lancaster was just annihilated in a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Newark scored an astonishing 43 runs on the way to a sweep. And York is only 6-7 against the Barnstormers this year. There’s no getting around it — It’s time for York to reverse that trend.

It won’t be easy, though. Even though Lancaster rolls into town licking its wounds and without injured shortstop Danny Gonzalez (he could return from a shoulder injury toward the end of the series), the ‘Stormers have three of their best pitchers set for the series. Jason Scobie (1-4, 3.91 ERA), Ben Fritz (0-0, 4.43 ERA) and Shane Youman (4-3, 5.21 ERA) are all set to go for Lancaster manager Von Hayes.

Meanwhile, York’s most reliable starter, Rolando Viera, won’t pitch in this series after his two-hit masterpiece in Somerset Thursday night. So this three-game Labor Day tilt at Sovereign Bank Stadium might not be the massacre York fans are hoping for. Let’s look at the numbers.

Lancaster Notes: The Barnstormers signed former Bridgeport pitcher Wes Wilkerson and outfielder Bryan Sabatella Thursday. Wilkerson was 1-8 with an 8.94 ERA for the Bluefish and Sabatella was a .340 hitter with 14 homers and 54 RBIs in the independent United League this year. The men are the 56th and 57th Barnstormers to suit up this year. York, to compare, has used 39 players. … Mike Woods is having an amazing year as Lancaster’s leadoff man. He’s hitting .316 and has scored a Barnstormers’ franchise-record 95 runs to go along with 30 stolen bases. … All-Star infielder Lloyd Turner needs only two more triples to tie the league record held by former Rev Vic Gutierrez and Lino Connell. … Be sure to head over to Barnstormin for more on the Lancaster side of things. 

York Notes: York’s cold streak has coincided with a slump from slugger Chris Ashby. The hit-streak master is 2-for-24 over his last six games and has played in 70 straight games, the last 67 in the No. 3 spot. … Corey Thurman is coming off a phenomenal start. He went seven innings and only allowed one earned run in a no-decision against Camden last Saturday. York is 14-10 in Thurman’s starts. … Entering Thursday’s game, Jose Enrique Cruz was hitting .339 with 36 runs and 21 RBIs over York’s last 48 games. … Franklin Nunez joined the Revs at the right time. He’s either earned the save or win in his last seven outings (five saves, two wins). … Matt Dryer’s eight homers in August have set a franchise record for any month. Dryer has 11 homers in his last 30 games.

Pitching Probables: (York’s starters first)

Game 1: Corey Thurman (8-7, 4.77 ERA) vs. Jason Scobie (1-4, 3.91 ERA)

Game 2: Aaron Rakers (9-7, 4.56 ERA) vs. Ben Fritz (0-0, 4.43 ERA)

Game 3: Dan Foli (4-6, 5.53 ERA) vs. Shane Youman (4-3, 5.21 ERA)

*Randy Flaum photo.

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3 Responses

  1. Let’s Do It!

  2. We are ahead. Let’s keep it that way. Granted, we have only played .500 ball lately, and we need to win to keep in first place. Still, we have done better on the road than in first half. Cheer the Revs to victory!!!

  3. I think the Revs made a statement tonight with that 16-4 pounding of Lancaster.

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