A four-game series at Sugar Land (Texas) to begin the season didn't go quite as planned for the York Revolution this past weekend.
So, it's safe to say the team was looking forward to getting back to York for its home opener on Tuesday night at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
Quite a few events preceded the game, though. There was a "Parade of Champions" featuring local collegiate and high school title teams. There was a pre-game ring ceremony honoring the Revs' 2011 Atlantic League championship. And well-known York County Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne made a surprise appearance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Yet, none of it seemed to make a difference once the action finally got going. The 5,748 fans had to watch the Revs' bats remain cold, this time in a 5-0 loss to the Camden Riversharks.
After winning its season-opener at Sugar Land last Thursday, the Revs (1-4) have lost four straight. Through its first five games, York has been outscored 25-5. And for a man who's rarely short on words, Revs' manager Andy Etchebarren had little to say on the four-game losing streak after Tuesday's defeat.
"I don't know. I don't know what to say," Etchebarren said afterwards.
The Revs collected only four hits and twice left a runner stranded at third. Overall, the team is batting just .155.
"I don't know what to tell you. I'm confused," Etchebarren said. "The only positive tonight was the bullpen pitched well. That's the positive. Everything else wasn't."
Pitching: Revs' right-hander Corey Thurman (0-1) picked up the loss, allowing four earned runs on five hits in 21/3 innings. He threw just 52 pitches. The loss snapped his career-best and franchise-record seven-game winning streak extending back to last season.
"Our approach was to try to get four pitches a hitter tonight with him," Revs' pitching coach Mark Mason said of Thurman. "The first inning he did that. He had a nine-pitch first inning, and then after that he was losing his command."
Camden (3-2) tacked on one more run in the sixth when Shea Harris scored from third on a wild pitch by Revs' reliever Omar Javier.
Riversharks' starter Mike McGuire (1-1) picked up the win, holding York to two hits and striking out seven in six innings.
Game 2: The Revs will try to get back on the winning side on Wednesday when they host Camden in Game 2 of a three-game series, with first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m.
Left-hander Ryan Feierabend (0-1, 9.64 ERA) will get the start for York. He'll be opposed by righty Sean Jarrett (1-0, 0.00 ERA).
Game notes: The first 1,000 fans through the gates on Tuesday received a scratch-off ticket to win a 2011 York Revolution championship ring. Eli Gemmill, a 4-year-old York resident, ended up being the lucky fan. ... Ex-Revs' players Chris Walker, Sean Stidfole and Jason Richardson were in attendance to receive their championship rings. ... Revs' reliever Dumas Garcia arrived in York on Monday night and will likely stay on the inactive list for the next two weeks while he builds up arm strength.
-- Reach John Walk at 505-5406 or jwalk@york dispatch.com or follow him on Twitter @York SportsGuy.