Spring Awakening: Nash bashes through Revs preseason wins
Revolution first baseman Telvin Nash is no stranger to big flies. He mashed 13 home runs in 64 games with York last season and another seven with the Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU, AA). It should come as no surprise that Nash is getting a head start on honing that power in 2016.
In his last four at-bats over the Revs’ last two spring training games, Nash went 4-for-4 with three home runs, a double, and eight RBIs. The power surge helped York beat Lancaster on the road on Thursday and Southern Maryland at home on Friday.
With the Revs down 3-0 in the seventh in Lancaster, Andres Perez got things going with a two-out walk. Joel Guzman followed with a single to bring up Nash. Facing a full count offering from Barnstormer lefty Al Yevoli, Nash launched a rocket to right center field that just cleared the fence to tie the game at 3-3.
The score remained the same in the top of the ninth when Josh Wilson laced a one out double. Perez followed with a two-bagger of his own, plating Wilson to give York the 4-3 lead. Two batters later, Nash chased Perez home with a deep double of his own. The Revs winded up needing the extra run as they held off the Barnstormers for a 5-4 decision.
In the opening frame of Friday’s first spring game at the new PeoplesBank Park, Nash broke open the scoring in style with a towering three-run home run over the carousel in left center. Two innings later, he did it again with a solo dinger to left.
Nash’s heavy lifting was not the only power surge towards Arch Street on the day. James Simmons and Isaias Tejeda also went deep off Blue Crab pitching. The solo shots, paired with the four runs off of Nash’s lumber, helped York secure a 6-5 win over the Blue Crabs. Jorge Martinez was the star on the hill for the Revs, tossing three scoreless innings.
The Revolution will play three more spring training games before opening up its 10th anniversary season Thursday on the road at New Britain. York’s first home game is a week later on April 28 against Sugar Land.