Off the field Thursday, the York Revolution were involved in some good news with the team announcing seven-time Cy Young award winner Roger Clemens would be in town next week with Sugar Land.
Other than that, Thursday served as a rough day for the Revs. In a makeup game from an Aug. 17 rainout, York faced the Camden Riversharks at Sovereign Bank Stadium. After trailing for most of the game, York tied it in the ninth to send it to extra innings, only to lose in the 12th inning by a final score of 5-4 in a game that last four hours and four minutes. It marked the Revs' fourth loss in five games.
On top of all that, Revs' manager Andy Etchebarren revealed afterward that third baseman Ramon Castro has been suspended indefinitely for undisclosed reasons.
"That's between Mr. Castro, myself and the team," Etchebarren said.
Castro: It's been an atypical season for Castro with the Revs. Etchebarren has previously said numerous times Castro is the best hitter in the Atlantic League. In his previous two seasons with the Revs, Castro hit .339 in 2010 and .323 in 2011, respectively.
But he's had an up and down season in 2012, batting just .288 through 105 games. The Revs' all-time leader in RBIs (214) and doubles (81), Castro sat out the Atlantic League All-Star game in Camden in July for undisclosed personal reasons.
To fill Castro's void, Etchebarren put Chris Nowak at third and Johan Limonta at first Thursday. Nowak normally starts at first base but he has played at third sparingly throughout the year.
"We're looking for an infielder right now," Etchebarren said. "He doesn't have to be an everyday player. He can be someone we can put out there and play defense a little bit."
Game: Camden (54-61 overall, 20-26 second-half) struck first Thursday with an RBI single from Eduardo Perez in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead before York (61-55, 25-21) tied it up in the third with an RBI single from Liu Rodriguez.
Camden opened a three-run advantage in the fourth inning, but York may have gotten out of trouble if not for an error and a close call. Camden's Raul Padron reached on error by Rodriguez and his teammate Alvin Colina followed with a single.
With runners on first and second with one out, Camden's Lloyd Turner grounded to Nowak at third. Nowak attempted to turn a double-play but after the first out at second base, first base umpire Ron Whiting called Turner safe at first. Turner would have been the third out.
"It was bang-bang play, it could've went either way," Etchebarren said.
The very next batter, Steve Doetsch, hit a three-run homer off of Feierabend to make it 4-1.
York later tied it in the bottom of the ninth inning when Brandon Haveman drove in Travis Scott on a two-out RBI single.
Camden scored the go-ahead run in the top of 12th inning when Pedro Feliz hit an RBI single off of Revs' reliever Ricardo Gomez (4-1).
With the loss, York fell to 51/2 games behind Lancaster for first place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division second-half race but stayed 51/2 games up on Somerset in the wild card.
Game notes: Thursday's announced attendance was 4,152 fans. ... Former Revs' reliever James Houser picked up the win for Camden. ... York will next face the Long Island Ducks in the first of a three-game series beginning Friday night. ... York left-hander Derrick Gordon (4-7, 5.08 ERA) will face lefty Jino Gonzalez (0-0, 3.00).
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