Tuesday began with bad news for the York Revolution.
And good news for the club's left-handed starter Chris Cody.
The longtime Revs' pitcher informed the team Tuesday that he will soon leave to pitch in Taiwan. York loses its ace starter. But Cody will get a chance to make a lot more money than he does in the independent Atlantic League. It'll mark the first time in Cody's nine-year pro career that the 30-year-old will pitch in Taiwan.
Before he left, though, the second-longest-tenured pitcher in club history toed the rubber one last time in York's series finale Tuesday at Southern Maryland. He went out with a bang, holding the Crabs to a pair of runs (one earned) on seven hits in seven innings of work while striking out nine with no walks. The Revs' offense, however, remained silent. For the second night in a row, York was held scoreless, falling to Southern Maryland, 4-0.
The club has been in a funk the last two games following Sunday's heartbreaking 6-5 loss in a 14-inning affair at Southern Maryland (24-35). The Revs had entered Sunday having won four its first five games on the road trip and ended it by losing its last three to the third-worst team in the league. York has tied a franchise-worst 23-inning scoreless streak, one it'll look to break Thursday when it returns home following a much-needed off day on Wednesday. York will next host Long Island (33-24) in a four-game series beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
With Tuesday's loss, York (34-25) dropped back into a tie with Lancaster (34-25) for first place in the first-half Freedom Division race. Just 11 games remain in the chase to the first-half title. York will play the next eight at home and the last three at Lancaster. The Barnstormers play seven of their last 11 at home.
York mustered just five hits and three times put a runner at second base in Tuesday's defeat. Southern Maryland right-hander Ian Marshall (3-5) got the win by holding York to five hits with 11 strikeouts and two walks in eight innings.
Cody: Cody has yet to reach the majors in his career. In his lone season competing at the triple-A level in 2009, he posted a 4.90 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) for the Brewers' Nashville affiliate.
The New York native first came to York in 2011, putting up good enough numbers to get picked up midseason by the Atlanta Braves and assigned to double-A Huntsville, where he went 3-1 with a 3.46 ERA in six starts. He's pitched for York since 2012, even becoming the team's ace in 2013 with a 15-9 record and 3.12 ERA in 28 starts. The Manhattan College product then lined up a deal to play winter ball this past offseason for the first time in his career and went 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA in nine starts for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League, holding opponents to a .242 average.
In 12 starts this season with York, Cody went 5-4 with a 3.93 ERA, striking out 50 and walking 19 in 68.2 innings of work. The regular season in Taiwan runs through the end of August, so there's a chance Cody could return to York for the last month of the Atlantic League season, which goes through the third week of September.
— Reach John Walk at email@example.com.