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Revolution “tie” up Barnstormers

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With 62 wins since arriving in York in 2008, Corey Thurman is essentially the winningest starting pitcher in Atlantic League history. He’s 12 wins away from the all-time wins record.

It was a night of ties at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster on July 28, but not the kissing-your-sister-type.  With a 5-2 win, the Revolution clinched at least a tie in the 2014 War of The Roses, taking a 10-5 series lead.  After a 12 games to eight triumph last season, the win ensured the Community Cup will reside in York for consecutive offseasons for the first time ever.  The Revs need just one more victory in the final five meetings to win Cup outright two years in a row, which has never happened.  The only other time it’s been retained was when Lancaster kept it with a 10-10 tie in 2012 after winning it in 2011.  Otherwise, it’s always alternated cities.

After falling behind 2-0 in this year’s series, the Revolution have now won 10 of 13 games against the Barnstormers, with a 5-4 mark in Lancaster.  They’re 5-1 in York, after the five-game sweep back in May.

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Travis Garcia is on a tear

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Tommy John surgery for a position player is rare, but a UCL injury and the subsequent grueling rehab following surgery is what kept Revolution infielder Travis Garcia on the shelf most of the 2012 season and all of last year.  After playing most of the last five seasons with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs around stints in the Mexican League and with the Seattle Mariners at Double-A, Garcia elected a fresh start with York when he decided to come back this year, re-uniting with Mark Mason who had Managed him in the Frontier League in 2005 and 2008.

Unfortunately, the Atlantic League does not recognize a “Comeback Player of The Year” award, but if it did, such honors would already be locked up.

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Eric Patterson sets new Atlantic League triples record

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Not only is Revolution IF/OF Eric Patterson the new single-season Atlantic League triples champion with a remarkable 55 games to go in the regular season, the record-setting triple ended up sparking a rally in York’s 50th win of the season, moving a season-high 15 games over .500 on July 25 at Somerset.  Down 3-2 in the eighth, Patterson tripled off the left field wall and later scored on a Travis Garcia RBI single to tie the game, and the Revs later won 5-3, allowing Rommie Lewis his 23rd save of the season to become the Revolution’s all-time single-season leader in that category as well.

With 14 triples on the season, Patterson surpasses the shared mark of 13 by Wayne Lydon (Camden, 2009) and Lloyd Turner (Lancaster, 2008).  Figuring he legs out a few more this season, his record may be safe for a while.  As a Major Leaguer, Patterson has seven career triples between 2009 and 2011 with the A’s, Red Sox and Padres.  He had six triples for York last year in the first half of the season before signing with the Milwaukee Brewers, and Patterson’s 20 Revolution triples are already the franchise career record, which he took over on July 3 and now holds by seven triples.

-Paul Braverman

Rommie Lewis is new Revolution single-season saves champ

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Juan Rincon’s ride at the top didn’t last long.  Last year, the 10-season MLB veteran notched 22 saves for the Revolution, surpassing Michael Nix’s record of 18 from 2011.  On July 25 at Somerset however, Rommie Lewis picked up his 23rd save of 2014 in a 5-3 Revolution win – with 55 games left in the regular season.  Rarely in Revs history has the club had an undisputed closer for long stretches, this year aside of course, hence Lewis blowing by the record in July.

With the single-season mark out of the way, Lewis can strive for two other records.  In 2013, he notched five saves in more of a set-up role for York before departing for Taiwan in late August.  Rommie’s career total of 28 in a Revolution uniform puts him just four shy of a new all-time franchise mark, held by R.J. Rodriguez with 31 saves from 2010 to 2012.  The Atlantic League single-season record may be too much of a stretch for Lewis, but if the Revolution play enough close games he could have a shot:  That mark is 40 by Mike Guilfoyle of Bridgeport, in 2003.

-Paul Braverman

Revolution set new franchise single-season stolen base mark

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It’s certainly not rare for Justin Greene to beat the baseball to third base with a smile.

When Justin Greene stole his 17th and 18th bases of the season for York in a 5-2 win at Long Island on July 18, along with the 31st theft by Wilson Valdez, it established a new single-season franchise record for team stolen bases.

The Revolution, league-leaders in that category have seen an athletic transformation this season, completely obliterating the record of 100 steals compiled by the inaugural 2007 club.  The three steals by Greene and Valdez put York’s total at 102 for the season…in game 78.  Whatever the new record is set at with however many thefts the Revs compile in the final 62 games this season might stand for a nice long time.  When Mark Mason said he wanted to get faster and run more this year, I don’t think even he had this mind.  In any event, mission accomplished.

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Ryan Feierabend two games into six-year MLB comeback with Rangers, 7th former Rev to reach MLB

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Former York Revolution pitcher Ryan Feierabend (’12) became the seventh Rev alum to reach Major League Baseball back on July 13 when he came out of the Texas Rangers bullpen at home against the Angels for an inning and a third.  He waited six days for a second appearance, tossing an inning and two-thirds July 19 in Toronto.  The number of former Revs to reach the show continues to explode, as Feierabend is the third player to do so this season.  The six most recent York to MLB players have all been pitchers, and have all ascended to the Majors since the mid-way point of the 2012 season, four of which accomplished the feat since the beginning of last season.  Feierabend is the third pitcher off York’s 2012 staff alone to reach the big leagues.  More:

  • The lefty made 17 starts for York in 2012 around time at Triple-A Louisville for the Reds, and established the single-season franchise record for ERA at 2.91.  He was signed by Texas as a non-roster invitee to spring training following that season, and spent the last season and a half pitching for Triple-A Round Rock until his contract was selected by the Rangers from the minors on July 12.
  • The call-up completed a six-year MLB comeback for Feierabend, who last pitched in the Majors for the Seattle Mariners in 2008.  Primarily a starter during his career, he made 25 appearances and 19 starts for Seattle between 2006 and 2008.  Texas called him up to come out of the bullpen, after he made 24 appearances and 16 starts for Round Rock last season, and 19 starts for Round Rock this year.  Feierabend was their opening day starter this season.  Remarkably, it’s not even the biggest MLB comeback this month for a former Revolution pitcher, with Julio DePaula’s seven-year comeback after being called up to the Orioles earlier this month.

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Breakin’ Rad: Patterson joins Thurman in starting multiple All-Star Games

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Overall it was a quiet night for the three York Revolution representatives at the Atlantic League All-Star Game in Sugar Land.  When Eric Patterson started at second base however, he joined Corey Thurman as the only Rev to start two all-star games.  Patterson started at short last season in Southern Maryland.  Thurman was on the bump in the 2009 and 2011 (in York) all-star affairs.  Wilson Valdez started at short this year, giving York the starter at that position two consecutive seasons.  Patterson joins Thurman, outfielder James Shanks and infielder Andres Perez as the only Revs to be selected to multiple all-star games.  Thurman’s three selections (2012 was the other) remains the franchise-best.

Patterson went 0-for-3, but scored the game’s first run after he walked in the top of the first, coming home on a Corey Smith (Somerset) RBI double.    Valdez went 0-for-2.

Rommie Lewis faced just one batter in the bottom of the eighth inning, relieving newly-crowned all-time Atlantic League saves leader Jim Ed Warden (Southern Maryland).  With no one on base and two out, Lewis forced Neil Medchill to fly out to right field to end the inning.  The ALPB All-Stars dropped a 5-3 decision to Sugar Land.

The countdown now begins, with 63 regular season games remaining before the first-half winning Revolution begin their fifth playoff run in eight seasons, and their fourth in the last five.  The best-of-five divisional round will begin on September 24 on the road.

-Paul Braverman

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