In the midst of a first-half Freedom Division pennant race, the York Revolution traveled to Bridgeport this week needing to take advantage of a four-game match-up against one of the worst teams in the Atlantic League.
The Revs failed to do that in a 2-1 loss in the series opener Tuesday. The last two nights, though, they have responded accordingly with a pair of wins, the latter coming on a breakout night in Thursday's 11-5 victory in Bridgeport. The Revs tallied 14 hits and starting pitcher Chris Cody made history.
It marked the 500th win in Revs' franchise history and put York into first place atop the Freedom Division, moving them a game up on Lancaster (31-23) and 2.5 games up on Sugar Land (29-24). Lancaster has now lost back-to-back games to Sugar Land and three of its last four overall, while Sugar Land has won eight of its last 10 overall.
York (32-22) has won seven of its last nine, with all seven of those victories coming over Camden (18-36) and Bridgeport (19-33), the worst teams in the league. The Revs have also notched road victories in six of their last seven away games and are 8-3 on the road this month.
York has 16 games left in the first half as they pursue a first-half division crown, which would secure a spot in the league playoffs at the end of the season.
Red-hot offense: Thursday's performance continued a strong output by the Revs' offense of late. York has posted 11 or more hits in six of the last eight games while averaging 6.1 runs a game during that stretch.
All but one player had a hit in Thursday's victory and four had multiple hits, including Chad Tracy (2-for-5, three RBIs, two runs scored), who hit a three-run home run in York's five-run seventh inning. Tracy now has three home runs in the last four games after tallying just one homer in the first 47 games of the season.
Cody reaches milestone: To go along with York's 500th win in team history, left-hander Chris Cody on Thursday became the second player in Revs' history to log 500 career innings in a York uniform, joining teammate Corey Thurman on the list.
Cody entered the night with 499.2 career innings pitched for the Revs. He went seven innings Thursday, holding Bridgeport to a run on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk to earn his fifth win of the year. It's the third time in 11 starts Cody went seven innings this season. He improved his ERA to 4.23. His only blunder came when he hit former Rev Ramon Castro with a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, allowing Luis Rodriguez to walk home from third. Twice Cody worked out of bases-loaded jams.
Revs' reliever Mike Wuertz began the eighth by giving up a solo homer then issued four-straight one-out walks before being pulled for Ian Durham, who gave up a two-run single. Julio DePaula tossed a scoreless ninth inning for the Revs.
Next game: York will look to close out the series Friday at Bridgeport when right-hander Jorge Martinez (2-1, 3.62 ERA) faces Bluefish right-hander Tomo Ohka (2-4, 5.28 ERA). The Revs will then travel to last-place Freedom Division squad Southern Maryland (21-33) for a four-game set before returning home June 26.