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Limonta returns to Revolution

Limo Time

OF/1B Johan Limonta has returned to the York Revolution for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs, now that the Mexican League season has concluded.  To make room for Limonta on the roster, reserve catcher Steve Sulcoski has been released.

Limonta’s Atlantic League contract was purchased by Piratas de Campeche on July 11.  While Limonta had the opportunity to depart for a lucrative deal in Mexico earlier in the season, he declined, as it was his desire to help York win a first half division title before going anywhere.  The Revs did just that, clinching with a day to go on July 5, a 2-0 win at Lancaster.  Limonta stayed true to his word that he would return to York as well.  His father continued to attend Revolution home games even after Limonta had joined his Mexican League club.

Before going to Mexico, Limonta batted .295 with seven home runs and 49 RBI in in 71 games this season.  With Campeche, he kept up the good work, hitting .305 with six homers and 15 RBI in 27 games, helping the Piratas from under .500 when he arrived into a playoff spot.

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Tim Battle hits first inside-the-park home run in franchise history

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After nearly eight complete seasons, our long national nightmare is over.  The York Revolution finally have an inside-the-park home run.

In a 2-2 game in the bottom of the sixth on August 20, Tim Battle scored himself, Chad Tracy and Travis Garcia when he snuck a hard line drive past Lancaster center fielder Blake Gailen and the ball rolled all the way to the batter’s eye.  As far as inside the park homers go, the three-run variety is pretty good.  York eventually won the game 6-5 to finish with a 13-7 mark over the Barnstormers in the regular season.  It’s their second-best War Of The Roses record, behind the 16-4 thumping of the Stormers in 2010.

Watch great shots of the entire play at this link, from Jason Bristol and CBS 21:  http://www.local21news.com/sports/features/local-sports/stories/battle-hits-first-insidethepark-hr-revolution-1287.shtml

Battle’s liner was also the first inside-the-park home run at Santander Stadium.  Twice before the Revolution had allowed one on the road.

-Paul Braverman

Ofilio Castro out for the season with a knee injury

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When Ofilio Castro had to be pinch-run for late in the 4-2 home win over Bridgeport on August 15, it turned out to be the last time the infielder would play this season.

While nothing looked too serious on the field, it turns out Castro has a torn meniscus and will undergo surgery.  His season ends with a .247 average, two home runs and 38 RBI in 95 games.

After Rommie Lewis left for Taiwan a day later, this puts the active roster two short at 23 players.  Johan Limonta will be back with the club as the Mexican League season winds down, so position-player wise, things should be fine.  Castro’s injury means Eric Patterson will man second base the rest of the season, with Bryant Nelson there on days Patterson is in left field.  The search is currently on for another relief pitcher however.

Despite the growing list of season-ending injures for York;  RHP Matt Neil, RHP Michael Wuertz, OF Jason Repko and Castro, and catcher Salvador Paniagua still a couple weeks from returning from a separated shoulder, the Revolution’s record as of August 18 stood at 62-45, a season-high 17 games over .500.

-Paul Braverman

Rommie Lewis departs for Taiwan

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Rommie Lewis:  A bullpen life.

It’s always a risk that a top Atlantic League arm may be offered a lucrative foreign contract in-season.  The Revolution already lost starter Chris Cody earlier this year to the Brother Elephants of the Chinese Professional Baseball League on the island of Taiwan.  Now, the contract of closer Rommie Lewis has been purchased by the EDA Rhinos, also of the CPBL.

Last season, Lewis also left York for Taiwan, but was with the Revolution until August 28 before joining the Lamigo Monkeys.  Teams in the CPBL are allowed just three non-Taiwanese players per team, with no guarantee all three will be American.  Cody and Lewis now make up a good percentage of the English-speaking players in the league.

With the regular season in Taiwan lasting through the fall into November, there is virtually no chance Lewis will be able to return to York for the Atlantic League playoffs.  It’s a blow to the Revolution bullpen for sure – Lewis saved his 28th game of the season on August 15 in his final appearance with the club before departing, which now stands as the single-season franchise record.  Lewis is also the Revolution’s all-time saves leader.

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O’s great Scott McGregor coming to 8/29 game on “Orioles Pride Night”

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The York Revolution has announced the addition of Baltimore Orioles great Scott McGregor to the lineup for “Orioles Pride Night” on Friday, August 29 against the Somerset Patriots at 6:30 p.m.  The night was previously announced and includes deep discounts on tickets based on Oriole retired numbers, several Orioles-themed prize giveaways including tickets to Derek Jeter’s final game in Baltimore on September 14, items autographed by Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken and O’s apparel including an adult Manny Machado jersey.  Please CLICK HERE for full details.

The night includes a watch party in the White Rose Hall on the MINI of Baltimore Skybox Level for the Orioles game against the Minnesota Twins; a $10 ticket with a cash bar for patrons 21 and over. McGregor has been added to the watch party, and fans taking advantage will be able to chat with him as they watch both the Revolution and O’s game, get autographs and hang out with the 1983 World Series Champion until the conclusion of the Orioles game which begins at 7:05.

Fans already holding tickets to the August 29 game may upgrade their ticket to the Orioles watch party with Scott McGregor for just $5.  The watch party upstairs will be the only opportunity to rub elbows with McGregor.  Fans upstairs in the White Rose Hall may still visit concession stands on the lower concourse and enter the Orioles prize raffle giveaways while they are at the ballpark.

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Corey Thurman moves into sole possession of second all-time in Atlantic League wins

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Corey Thurman and his battery-mate Alberto Espinosa, who was behind the plate for Thurman’s 63rd career win with the Revolution August 13 at Camden.  The closest to Thurman on the franchise all-time wins list is Chris Cody with 39.

Unfortunately the milestone was reached on the road instead of in the stadium the 19-year professional has pitched more games in than any other, but it’s done.  Corey Thurman now stands alone in second place on the Atlantic League’s all-time wins list with 63.  He and the Revolution defeated the Camden Riversharks 10-1 on August 13 at Campbell’s Field, where Thurman tossed seven innings, allowing just six hits and the lone run on a solo homer.

Thurman (7-4), in his seventh season with York pulled ahead of Lincoln Mikkelsen who compiled 62 wins in seven Atlantic League seasons of his own.  Coincidentally,  the first 76 of Mikkelsen’s 131 starts in the league came with Camden in four seasons, 2001 to 2004.  He won 49 games in a Riversharks uniform.  Tim Cain is tops in career Atlantic League wins, with 74 in 10 seasons.

While Santander Stadium would have been the preferred venue, it was also fitting Thurman picked up win #63 in Camden; it’s the franchise he’s had the most success against by far.  Entering the 2014 season, Thurman was 13-4 against the Riversharks all-time, with a 2.71 ERA in 24 starts.  It’s his most favorable match-up in terms of win-loss record and ERA among any Atlantic League club.  Thurman did most of his damage in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, going 27-6 in those two campaigns.  Three consecutive years the all-time mark for wins in a single season by a Revolution pitcher was set; 13 by Thurman in 2011, 14 in 2012 and then 15 wins last season by Chris Cody.

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Chad Tracy named Atlantic League player of the week for August 4-10

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Revolution first baseman Chad Tracy has been named Atlantic League Player of the Week for the second time this season.  He batted a robust .462 (12-26) in seven games between August 4 and 10, with two home runs, a double, five RBI and three runs scored.  Tracy also won the award June 16-22, and it’s the third time a Rev has won Player of the Week this season; LHP Alain Quijano was honored for June 30-July 6.

Tracy scored the game-winning run in back to back games at home against the Long Island Ducks August 9 and 10; on the 9th he tagged up from third and scored on Ofilio Castro’s sac fly to right in a 2-1 walkoff win, and down 4-3 in the 7th the following day, he blasted a two-run homer to left to put York in the lead 5-4, and they would win by that score.  With that home run, his team-leading 14th of the season, Tracy also reached 70 RBI which gave him the Atlantic League lead at the time.

Tracy is currently on pace for 98 RBI this season.  He is chasing what could be the third 100-RBI season in Revolution history;  outfielder Jason Aspito drove in 105 in 2008, which was a club record until first baseman Chris Nowak ended 2012 with 107 RBI.

-Paul Braverman

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