Isaias Tejeda is giving the York Revolution exactly what the team hoped for since he returned earlier this week.
Unfortunately for the Revs, however, it hasn't translated into team success — at least not yet.
Tejeda had been one of York's most feared hitters over the past couple of years, compiling a combined average of .320 during that time. He was a major cog a year ago on the Revs' run to the Atlantic League championship.
That production has continued during his first three games for York since returning from the Mexican League a few days ago.
Thursday, Tejeda went 3 for 5, including a double, while driving in one run and scoring another.
The Revs, however, couldn't give Tejeda enough support in an 8-6 loss to the Lancaster Barnstormers in front of an announced crowd of 4,448 fans at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
Tejeda is now hitting .583 with a homer and four RBIs for the Revs, but the team has managed to lose two of the three games he's played in.
Thursday's loss dropped York to 5-5 in the Atlantic League Freedom Division second-half race, 1 1/2 games behind first-place Sugar Land. Lancaster improved to 4-6, 2 1/2 games behind the Skeeters.
The Revs fell behind 8-1 in the contest before exploding for five runs in the eighth to get back into the game, but they could get no closer.
Luis Cruz (two hits, two RBIs), Melky Mesa (two hits, RBI, run) and Jose Cuevas (double, two RBIs, run) also excelled at the plate in York's 11-hit attack. Mesa is now hitting .331 on the season.
York's pitching and defense, however, struggled a bit.
Starter Robert Carson (6-3), who has been one of York's top starters, went six innings and gave up eight hits and seven runs. Three of the runs he allowed, however, were unearned because of a costly error. Carson's ERA increased to 2.59.
Blake Gailen had two solo homers for Lancaster and now has 16 on the season. Carlos Garcia added two hits, including a double, and finished with three RBIs for Lancaster, while Trayvon Robinson added two hits and two runs scored.
Nate Reed (7-3) got the win for Lancaster, going seven innings and allowing five hits and one run with 10 strikeouts and two walks.
York next begins a six-game homestand at PeoplesBank Park, starting Friday evening against Sugar Land. The Skeeters are in York for three games, followed by three games against the Road Warriors.
Revs win awards: The Revs recently scored a pair of No. 1 honors in customer-driven rankings.
York ranked first among 49 things to do in York on TripAdvisor.com, the world’s largest travel website, on which travelers are encouraged to post reviews and comments about destinations. Of the Revolution’s reviewers, 67 percent rated their experience at PeoplesBank Park as “excellent,” while another 29 percent rated it as “very good.”
The team was also recently named the “Best Sports Experience for Client Entertainment” by the readers of Central Penn Business Journal, beating out the Hershey Bears and the Revolution’s Atlantic League rivals, the Lancaster Barnstormers.