York’s Chris Cody improved his record to 10-6 on the season with Monday’s victory over the visiting Camden Riversharks at Sovereign Bank
York's Chris Cody improved his record to 10-6 on the season with Monday's victory over the visiting Camden Riversharks at Sovereign Bank Stadium. (Bill Kalina photo)

It's been two years since Chris Cody got picked up off the York Revolution roster by a major league organization.

With the way he's been pitching this year, he shouldn't still be in the Atlantic League.

He made another case for that Monday, holding Camden to one run -- a solo homer to Burt Reynolds in the second inning -- on nine hits with one strikeout and one walk in six innings.

It led to a Revs' 7-1 victory in the opener of a four-game series against the struggling Riversharks (34-60 overall, 9-15 second half) in front of 3,372 fans at Sovereign Bank Stadium, snapping York's three-game losing streak.

Cody (10-6) threw 68 of his 101 pitches for strikes and tossed first-pitch strikes to 19-of-28 batters to improve his ERA to 3.52 in his 19th start of the season for York (45-50, 9-16). The left-hander now has a 2.80 ERA in his last seven starts.

Known for succeeding by mixing off-speed pitches, Cody didn't even have his best stuff Monday. He's averaging five strikeouts a game and only had one against Camden. He struck out 12 in his previous start Wednesday at Somerset.

"I'm not disappointed. If I go out and give up one run and say that I didn't have my best stuff is definitely a good sign," Cody said. "The defense worked for me. I think the biggest thing is the change-up wasn't really biting the way it was in Somerset."

The 29-year-old lefty ranks near the top of the Atlantic League in several pitching statistical categories, something Mexican League clubs noticed earlier this year when requesting Cody's services.

"There's a little bit more money to be made down there than there is here," Cody said. "Ultimately the goal is to get back to affiliated ball."

Which is why Cody has opted to stay with York, although he admits it's been a bit frustrating since major league organizations haven't come calling for him yet this year.

"I think it's just a youth movement a lot of Major League Baseball teams are using," he said. "It is frustrating, but I'm looking forward to this winter playing some winter ball. This will be my first time playing winter ball in the Dominican (Republic)."

Offense: York totaled 12 hits in the win, with five players collecting multiple hits. One of those was outfielder Mark Teahen (2-for-4), who was placed in the No. 9 spot in the lineup for the first time this season and responded with a pair of two-run home runs, collecting four RBIs and two runs scored. He had been batting .167 in his previous 11 games.

"Other than being irritated I was hitting ninth, nothing changed," Teahen said. "I wasn't happy with it (batting ninth). Oh, well. I would just hope that I'm one of the better hitters on the team. It is what it is. It's one day. It's not something I was happy about."

Revs' manager Mark Mason didn't have many options with his lineup, though, with infielders Ofilio Castro (oblique) and Wilson Batista (groin) both out because of injury. Mason put his only remaining speedsters, Kody Kirkland (2-for-5) and Ruddy Yan (3-for-5), at the top of the lineup.

"From there I put it together just based on the guys that were swinging it pretty well," Mason said.

Notes: A day after back-up catcher Patrick Arlis retired, York signed catcher Charlie Neil, a Yale grad who comes to the Revs after seeing nine games of action with Lancaster earlier this season. ... The Revs will host Camden on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., with right-hander Brett Tomko (4-6, 4.72 ERA) facing righty Joey Williamson (0-0, 3.00).

-- Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.