Tomko back to full strength

After struggling with a stomach bug earlier this month, Brett Tomko looked like himself once again in earning his first win of the season Friday. Tomko (1-3, 3.32 ERA) allowed three runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked two.

Tomko lost the no-hitter in the sixth inning when No. 9 hitter Gustavo Molina hit an opposite-field single on a fastball low and away. Tomko swung his right hand after allowing the single, a reaction he said had a lot to do with what was going through his mind right after the single.

“That was a good pitch he hit, but he missed two breaking balls by a lot so I felt I should have went back to that,” Tomko said. “But I mean that was a good piece of hitting. … It was was more like, ‘Gosh I should have thrown (the breaking) pitch.’ …

“I think I’m more upset with the (eighth-inning) walk than anything. Hits are going to happen, home runs are going to happen. I kind of hung a cutter on a (Molina) home run. … I’m more upset on the walk before that.”

Tomko has pitched well, but he didn’t earn a win until Friday in large part because of a lack of run support and illness. He pitched despite being up all night with his sick son before a May 6 game against Somerset (four runs on nine hits in seven innings). After leaving the team with a stomach bug earlier this month, he returned to pitch in Lancaster May 11.

Revs manager Mark Mason could notice the difference Friday.

“The biggest difference was he didn’t get in any work in between starts, because he was laid up in bed,” Mason said. “So he didn’t get in all the throwing he usually does between starts. This time he felt good and he threw a tremendous bullpen in Long Island so he felt great there. But hey, when the kids get sick it goes right through the family. And he was dealing with that before his last start.

“I think he might have been a little bit dehydrated when he pitched in Lancaster (four innings) because he had been sick for so long. So he was tired, dehydrated and he didn’t get any work in. So he was sluggish, that might be the best way to describe it. Tonight he had energy.”

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