Chris Cody said he wasn't really thinking about being the York Revolution "stopper" on Sunday evening at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
Still, the Revs' left-handed starter played the role perfectly against Long Island.
York entered the contest on a three-game losing streak, despite scoring 20 runs over those three contests. In the previous two games against the Ducks, the Revs had out-hit Long Island both times, but lost because of poor pitching, both from the starters and the bullpen.
By the time Cody was done on Sunday, though, he had gone seven innings and allowed just two earned runs on five hits with two walks. For a pitcher who isn't known for blazing velocity, his seven strikeouts were impressive.
His efforts helped York snap its three-game losing skid with a 6-3 win over Long Island in front of 4,892 fans in the series finale against the Ducks.
"It was the changeup that was working tonight. I'd get the fastball over and some other pitches, but it was the changeup that got them (to strike out)," Cody said.
Unlike the previous two nights, when York's bullpen surrendered a combined eight runs (seven earned), set-up man Adam Thomas and closer R.J. Rodriguez closed out the final two innings for the win. However, Rodriguez did give up an RBI double to Long Island's Dan Lyons in the top of the ninth.
The Ducks (26-17) got their other two runs on solo homers from Lyons and Josh Johnson, both off of Cody.
"I gave up a couple home runs. The first one to Lyons was a fastball up," Cody said. "The one to Johnson, it was a higher curveball than I wanted it to be."
Cody improved his ERA to 4.84, and he has a 2.25 ERA over his last five starts.
The Revs led all game, scoring two runs each in the third, fifth and seventh innings. Scott Grimes hit his seventh homer of the season with a two-run shot to left-center in the fifth that made it 4-1. The Revs made it 6-2 in the seventh on an RBI single from Brandon Haveman and a bases-loaded walk from Ducks' reliever Josh Lansford.
"We didn't need the win. But yeah it's nice to win when you have a three-game losing streak," Revs' manager Andy Etchebarren said. "Who knows? Maybe we'll end up with a five-game winning streak after this."
York (20-22) remained 51/2 games back of the first-place Lancaster Barnstormers (26-17) in the Atlantic League Freedom Division.
Etchebarren surgery: Etchebarren said Sunday he will undergo surgery to repair a disc in his back on June 19.
It's a similar surgery to one that he underwent after the 2010 season. Etchebarren said he needed about 10 days to recover from that. But this time he wants to be back in action just three days after surgery for Game 1 of a three-game series against the Barnstormers on June 22. If that's the case, he'll only miss the final three games of a four-game series against Sugar Land on June 19 and June 20.
Next game: York will next host Southern Maryland (22-21) on Monday night in the first of a three-game series.
Left-hander Jesus Sanchez (1-2, 4.44 ERA) will get the start for the Revs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.