The first 1,500 fans who walked through the gates Thursday evening at Santander Stadium for the York Revolution season opener received a Revolution-themed Magic 8 Ball.
Later, around 6 p.m., fans were treated to a pre-game magic show by a guy calling himself Reza The Illusionist. Reza put a woman in a box and stuck swords through the box. Somehow, though, the woman survived. Reza pulled off a couple other mind-bending tricks. No matter how crazy they were, though, fans were quiet to react.
They would stay rather mum most of the night, too. The Revs' offense failed to provide much in the way of magical moments through the first six innings.
Finally, however, the York bats came alive in a two-run seventh inning to get the Revs their first lead of the game. York went on to win, 6-1, marking the club's first opening night win since 2011.
"We gave ourselves a lot of opportunities we didn't capitalize on early, but those are all good signs," second-year Revs' manager Mark Mason said. "I thought we pitched really well and our defense was good. We played a real good game tonight. There's not too much else to say."
A total of 5,523 fans took in the game on a calm but chilly night that saw temperatures dip to 55 degrees. There were 761 walk-up fans — people who purchased tickets at the gate instead of pre-purchased. That is actually a good number when it comes to single-game Revs' ticket sales. Most fans took off around 9:15 p.m. after watching York take the lead. The Revs scored on an error and an RBI double by former big league outfielder Eric Patterson (2-for-5, RBI, run scored), who is back in York for the second year in a row. The fans who stuck around for the final innings saw a three-run eighth by York that included a two-run blast over the left-field wall by fourth-year Revs' catcher Salvador Paniagua.
Revolution newcomer Wilson Valdez, who most might remember as a Philadelphia Phillies infielder a few years ago, introduced himself to York fans by going 2-for-5, with a run scored and an RBI single in the fifth to plate the Revs' first run of the season. Revs' leadoff man Sean Smith (2-for-4) and No. 9 hitter Tim Torres (2-for-3, two runs scored) also had multiple hits. York finished with 12 hits.
The pitching was just as solid. For the first time since 2009, someone other than Corey Thurman started York's opener, with left-hander Chris Cody getting the nod. The Revs' 2013 Player of the Year, Cody cruised through the first two innings before giving up the lone run in a 30-pitch third inning. He wouldn't return after the frame, going three innings and getting tagged for the run and four hits with three strikeouts and one walk. It was the first time in Cody's nine-year pro career he got an opening day start for a pro club.
"To get the opening day nod is a big honor. I'm really proud of it. I was happy to keep the team in the game," Cody said. "I felt a little fatigued there. It's gonna be another couple outings until I'm built up to where I want to be."
Revs' relievers Mike McClendon, Mark Hendrickson, Beau Vaughan (1-0), Stephen Penney and Rommie Lewis combined to hold Camden (0-1) scoreless over the final six innings.
Next game: York (1-0) has three games left in the home series against Camden through Sunday. Revs newcomer and Northern York grad Anthony Lerew will get the start Friday night against Camden righty Aaron Tullo, a 26-year-old former Dodgers' prospect. First pitch is 6:30 p.m.
— Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.