Scott Kazmir is four years removed from the dominant pitching performances he used to put up consistently for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Sure, he's pitched in the big leagues each of the last three years, but nowhere near the lights-out numbers he used put up in Tampa Bay.
However, he might be starting to regain that form. After inconsistent performances in his first seven starts for Sugar Land beginning in early July, the left-hander has been dominant since Aug. 18. He put up his fourth straight impressive outing Tuesday, this time against the York Revolution, holding the Revs to three runs (two earned) on seven hits with eight strikeouts and one walk in 52/3 innings. The effort led the Skeeters to a lopsided 10-3 win over York.
"I saw him (Kazmir) as a young prospect when he went to Tampa Bay. He didn't pitch much better than that," Revs' manager Andy Etchebarren said. "He showed me as good of stuff tonight as I've seen all year in this league."
Kazmir (2-6) has now held opponents to a combined nine runs in his last four starts, compiling a 3.15 ERA over that span (252/3 innings). He improved his ERA to 6.02, down from the 9.13 ERA he had nearly a month ago.
Sugar Land's offense, meanwhile, collected 14 hits. Eleven of those came off of York starter Ryan Feierabend. Though he's been dominant most of the year for York, Feierabend (7-4) had an off night Tuesday. He allowed eight runs to go along with five walks and two strikeouts.
Sugar Land pitching held York's offense to nine hits. The Revs took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Brandon Haveman scored from third on a passed ball and Joe Thurston came around to score on an RBI single from Andres Perez.
York drew within 8-3 in the fifth when Haveman scored from second on an RBI single from Michael Hernandez.
York has dropped the first two games of the four-game set against Sugar Land (56-66 overall, 27-25 second half) after entering the series having swept Long Island in three games. With the loss, the Revs (64-57, 28-23) stayed 51/2 games back of Lancaster for first place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division second-half race but remained on top of Somerset for the wild-card berth by five games.
Signing: York acquired utility infielder David Espinosa on Tuesday in a trade with the Lincoln Saltdogs, of the independent American Association, in exchange for future considerations.
A former first-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2000, Espinosa batted .313 with seven homers and 35 RBIs in 68 games for Lincoln this season.
Next game: York will host Sugar Land on Wednesday in the third game of the four-game series. Revs' left-hander Derrick Gordon (3-3, 3.99 ERA) will face right-hander Michael Nix (4-9, 5.36).
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.