A starting pitcher who has had a rough season already with three previous teams made his debut for the York Revolution on Thursday at Camden.
His struggles would continue. York fell behind early, meaning the Revs' offense would need to step up and the bullpen would need to step in if York had any hopes of winning.
The offense did its job, collecting seven runs and double-digit hits, breaking out of a slump that had seen York tally just 16 runs in the previous seven games (2.3 average). The bullpen, which has been solid all year, combined for 5.2 scoreless innings. And York earned its 11th comeback win of the season, winning by a final score of 7-4.
York (27-20) has now won back-to-back games against the Atlantic League's worst team, meaning the Revs already won the three-game series, which wraps up Friday in Camden (17-30) before the teams come back to York on Saturday for the first of three games. It's York's first series win since taking two of three from Somerset at the end of May. The Revs have now also won three-straight road games for the first time all season while moving to within a game of Lancaster (28-19) for first place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division.
Everyone but catcher Salvador Paniagua had a hit in Thursday's victory. Ofilio Castro (2-for-5, RBI, run scored), Chad Tracy (3-for-5, home run, two RBIs, two runs scored) and Sean Smith (2-for-4, run scored) had multiple hits.
Left-handed starter Logan Williamson made his York debut. The Revs had acquired him Monday in a trade with San Angelo, of the independent United League. Williamson had previously seen action this season in the Mexican League and independent American Association. Since posting solid numbers for Southern Maryland in the Atlantic League last season, Williamson has pitched poorly everywhere he's been this year. But Williamson has been brought in to fill a gap in York's starting rotation until veteran Corey Thurman can return from the inactive list.
Williamson began Thursday by getting the first two Camden batters to ground out to second, then gave up a walk, a pair of singles and a triple to spot the Riversharks an early 3-0 lead in the first inning.
York tied it in the top of the second inning, but Williamson gave up a lead-off homer in the bottom half to put Camden back in front, 4-3.
Williamson held Camden scoreless in his final 2.1 innings, leaving in the fourth with one out. He surrendered the four runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 3.1 total innings.
Relievers Edward Paredes, Stephen Penney, Mark Hendrickson, Julio DePaula and Rommie Lewis combined to hold Camden to three hits with six strikeouts and one walk in the final 5.2 innings. Paredes (1-2) got the win and Lewis picked up his league-leading 15th save.
York left-hander Chris Cody (3-3, 4.62 ERA) will face righty Scott Gorgen (3-5, 6.47 ERA) in Friday's series finale.
Correction: Former York Revolution pitcher Scott Rice on Wednesday was demoted by the New York Mets to triple-A Las Vegas, not Buffalo.