The playoff intensity isn't there just yet.
There are still plenty more games to come in the regular season.
Still, there were plenty of positive vibes in the York Revolution clubhouse Sunday night.
Following an impressive 6-2 victory over Atlantic League Freedom Division rival Lancaster on Sunday, a couple players talked about how York has turned a corner from its 1-5 start to the second half. And Revs' skipper Andy Etchebarren is more confident about York's future in the final two months of the regular season.
That can happen after taking three of four games from a team such as Lancaster, which won the first-half Freedom Division crown by a whopping nine games over York. After Lancaster took the series opener Friday, 17-6, the Revs answered by holding the Barnstormers to two runs apiece in the next three games.
"We're playing better," Etchebarren said. "Our starting pitching is better. After we gave up (17) runs (Friday), it's been two, two and two. And the lineup we have gives us an opportunity to win."
The Revs (45-42 overall, 9-8 second half) have now won three straight for the first time since winning four in a row from June 23 to June 26. Meanwhile, York handed the Barnstormers (53-33, 8-8) their first three-game losing streak since late May. York is also 9-4 in its last 13 games while Lancaster has gone 5-8 in its last 13.
York is now tied for first place in the Freedom Division second-half race with Sugar Land.
Gordon: York starting pitcher Derrick Gordon (4-4) looked solid again in his third start for the Revs since coming over in a trade from Sugar Land earlier this month.
The lefty held Lancaster to just one run on seven hits while walking two and striking out two in five innings. He has given up one earned run in each of his three starts for York, good enough for a 1.50 ERA over the 18 combined innings he's tossed during that span.
"Guys are excited," Gordon said. "We got a lot of games left. We're trying to make a run at it. We want to win and we're playing like it, too."
Offense: The Revs' offense collected a total of 13 hits Sunday.
York hitters gave Lancaster pitcher J.D. Durbin (6-8) trouble most of the night, scoring a run each in the first and third innings before breaking it open in the sixth.
With the bases load and one out in the sixth, York's Andres Perez drilled a low 1-1 breaking ball from Durbin over the left-field wall to give the Revs' a 6-1 lead. Perez had entered the night 1-for-16 in his last four games and was 0-for-3 at the plate Sunday before the slam.
"There's a lot of things in baseball you really can't control," Perez said. "Sometimes there are balls you hit well and don't hit well and they're both down in the zone. And then there are times when you catch it, like the one I hit earlier went to centerfield and the guy caught it."
Lancaster's Tommy Everidge made it 6-2 when he nailed a leadoff solo homer over the left-field wall in the eighth off of reliever Adam Thomas. Revs' relievers Kris Regas, Stephen Penney and Ricardo Gomez combined to toss three scoreless innings.
Roster moves: York released pitchers Omar Javier and James Houser over the weekend.
In nine starts and 13 relief appearances for York, Javier had a 1-6 record and a 5.67 ERA. Houser accumulated a 5.51 ERA and 2-1 record over 31 relief appearances and two starts.
Chatting in the Revs' clubhouse following Sunday's game, Houser said he plans to sign with the Camden Riversharks, provided he passes a physical.
Next game: York will have off Monday before hosting Bridgeport (39-47, 8-8) on Tuesday in the first game of a three-game set.
York right-hander Corey Thurman (9-2, 4.20 ERA) will face lefty Dan Serafini (3-2, 3.25).
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