The gist of a players-only meeting before the Revs game Tuesday went something like this: Some of this stuff may fly in other leagues, it doesn’t work here.
Revs outfielder Matt Esquivel noted how teams in this league get their “tails kicked” when they go through the motions one week. He and the rest of the Revs didn’t want to see that happen to a team as talented as York.
York seemed to sleepwalk through a rain-shortened week at The Vault last week before being swept by defending champion Somerset over the weekend. The five-game losing streak ended with a 4-3 victory against the Bridgeport Bluefish Tuesday.
York had offense.
It used a hit-and-run to plate its first run, and Esquivel and Matt Padgett kept running — they each stole a base. Third baseman Jeff Eure plated the go-ahed run, and Esquivel came through with a solo homer in the eighth.
But more importantly, York had the pitching.
Corey Thurman allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one. He was replaced by Josh Sharpless (1-0) — who has turned in back-to-back solid outings after struggling in the first three weeks of the season. And Travis Phelps earned the two-inning save.
Notes: Right-hander Travis Hughes threw a bullpen session before Tuesday’s game, and he could be activated Wednesday. … Don’t look for newly acquired reliever Saul Solveson to appear in a game until Thursday or Friday. He pitched a nine-inning game earlier this week. … The York bullpen could be thin during the homestand. Closer Steve Andrade remains out with biceps tendinitis, however, he threw from the mound before Tuesday’s game — according to York manager Chris Hoiles. … York made a switch in its starting rotation, going with Thurman for Tuesday’s game because he lasted just over three innings in his last outing. York righty Mike Smith, meanwhile, will start Wednesday. Smith is coming off a 2-1 seven-inning complete game loss to Southern Maryland in which he pitched extremely well.