The York Revolution clubhouse was understandably quiet following Monday night's game.
There was no music playing. And if there was any chatter, it was kept to a low volume.
The Revs had just walked off the field at Sovereign Bank Stadium after a 6-2 loss to the visiting Somerset Patriots, marking the club's third straight defeat. With the Barnstormers defeating the Camden Riversharks over in Lancaster on Monday, the 'Stormers wrapped up the first-half Atlantic League Freedom Division title.
Amidst all of York's woes at the moment, however, Manager Andy Etchebarren is still optimistic about his team's postseason chances.
"(These games are) not meaningless. No," Etchebarren said of his team's six remaining games in the first half. "There's still a wild card involved if (Lancaster manager) Butch (Hobson) wins both halves. It looks like these guys (York) might be the club that has the (best) chance at the wild card."
The Long Island Ducks won the first-half Atlantic League Liberty Division title over the weekend. As a result, Lancaster (40-24) and Long Island (39-24) have automatically clinched playoff berths when the regular season wraps up in September. But after the first half finishes at the end of this week, all teams' records will go back to 0-0 for the second half. Teams will then compete for second-half division titles. Should Long Island or Lancaster win those, however, then teams compete for wild-card spots based on overall records for the entire season. Either way, Etchebarren is confident his club will be in the mix.
"I like our chances to win the second half. So, we'll see," he said.
Cody: York starter Chris Cody fell to 4-8 on Monday after giving up six runs on 11 hits in seven innings in the first game of a three-game set against Somerset (31-33). The deficit ended up being too much for the Revs' offense, which was held to eight hits, including four hits and one run by Somerset starter Justin Cassel (2-5) in six innings.
Etchebarren wasn't disappointed in Cody's performance, though. Rather, he's upset with York's offense whenever Cody is on the mound. York (33-31) is averaging 3.7 runs in Cody's 13 starts this season, and the Revs have scored just four total runs in his last four outings.
"This guy has pitched good. To have the wins he's got is terrible. He's got less run support than any pitcher on the club," Etchebarren said. "He's always pitching from behind. That's a tough way to pitch when you go out there."
York scored a run in the sixth on an Andres Perez fielder's choice RBI and another run in the eighth on a James Shanks RBI double. Scott Grimes scored both runs.
Roster moves: York made two roster moves on Monday, welcoming back slugger Chris Nowak and trading away outfielder Ryan Kiniry to Somerset.
Nowak had his contract purchased on June 22 by the Mexican League's Mexico City Diablos, but played in just five games before the Diablos released him on Friday.
The Revs shipped away Kiniry to make room for Nowak. The Kiniry move completed an earlier trade from the offseason when York acquired outfielder Michael Hernandez for a player to be named later.
Game notes: York announced Monday that hitting coach Enohel Polanco, a native of the Dominican Republic, officially obtained his United States citizenship on June 19. ... The Revs return home Tuesday night to face Somerset. York left-hander Matt Chico (0-1, 6.40 ERA) will face lefty Roy Merritt (5-1, 3.02).
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