The following is an abridged version of the York Daily Record notebook for Game 2.
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — The York Revolution entered Thursday night with the worst team batting average of the four Atlantic League playoff teams. The Revs batted .228 (43-for-189) through their first six playoff games.
The Revs batted .290 during the regular season, second only to Long Island’s .294 average. Asked about the team’s slump after Game 1 of the Atlantic League Championship Series, Revs manager Andy Etchebarren acknowledged time was running out, but there was nothing he could do.
York managed to snap out of it, posting 12 hits in Thursday’s win — raising the Revs team average to .241 (55-for-228).
Etchebarren tinkered with his lineup before Game 2, inserting Eric Eymann (0-for-5) and Liu Rodriguez (1-for-5). But Etchebarren isn’t done.
“I’m going to play Liu Rodriguez the rest of the series at second base,” Etchebarren said. “I’m going to DH (Bryant) Nelson, and I’m going to put (Jose) Herrera in right field (for Game 3). If Herrera starts hitting, we’re in business. I need him to hit.”
Despite Herrera’s struggles in the postseason (going 0-for-17), Etchebarren saw some improvement from him in Game 1.
Nelson fine: York designated hitter Bryant Nelson limped from the field after his last at-bat in the seventh. Reaching for his hip, Nelson explained that he felt pain after his feet stuck in the wet batters box when he grounded out to short.
“I’m playing (tonight),” Nelson said.