Not Just the Giants: Even Years Kind to Revs
The York Revolution clinched the sixth playoff berth in its 10-year team history on Thursday night with an 8-7 win at Long Island and losses by both Sugar Land and Lancaster. With the official clinch coming in the dying moments of June 30, it marks the earliest the Revs have assured themselves of a spot in the Atlantic League postseason.
Fans who know the franchise’s history may notice a recurring theme in its playoff history: success like clockwork comes in years that end in even numbers (York’s only odd year playoff berth resulted in the 2011 Atlantic League crown). Much like the San Francisco Giants since 2010, the Revs have made clockwork out of biannual success.
The Revs made their second season a memorable one by winning the second half of the Freedom Division by a full seven games. After going 30-40 in the first half, York surged forward with the fresh start, posting a 41-29 mark over the season’s final 70 games. The Revs won eight in a row from August 8 through 15, a franchise record that still stands today. The second-half clincher was a memorable one: a 14-5 thrashing over rival Lancaster to open the final home series on September 18. York bowed to Somerset 2-0 in the Freedom Division Championship series.
Andy Etchebarren’s squad idled for the first month of the season, sporting a 17-16 record on May 25. A Memorial Day weekend sweep of Lancaster proved to be the jump-start the Revs needed. The team won 23 of its next 37 games on the way to York’s first first-half championship, which came on July 1 with a 6-4 win over Bridgeport at then-Sovereign Bank Stadium. A slow second half did not bother the team come playoff time: the Revs outlasted Somerset 3-2 in the Freedom Division Championship Series and swept Bridgeport in three games for their first Atlantic League pennant.
The two-time defending league champion Revs finished the first half nine games out of first place and lost seven of their first 11 games after the break. York rattled off five wins in its next six to get back to .500 and stayed within two games of even through August 15. A 12-2 stomping of Camden the next night propelled the Revs to finish the regular season on a 27-11 clip. Behind Corey Thurman’s 14th win of the year, York seized the second half crown with a 6-4 home win over Somerset on September 16. The Revs’ 79-61 overall record and 43-27 second-half mark are still the best season and half-season tallies in team history. York bowed to Lancaster in three games in the division championship series.
York shot out of the gate by winning its first four games and posting a 25-17 mark on June 6. After losing three in a row, the Revs immediately made up that ground and more, winning nine of their next 11 and holding off challenges from Lancaster and Sugar Land to claim the first half title. Mark Mason’s bunch clinched on the second-to-last day of the first half with a 2-0 win over the Barnstormers in Lancaster. The Revs finished 2014 at 78-62, one game back of the 2012 squad, but bowed to the Skeeters in a heartbreaking game five of the division championship.
With the calendar on their side, the Revs will play the rest of the summer assured of their shot at a third Atlantic League championship.