The Revs five-game losing streak came to an end Tuesday night in York’s 6-1 victory against Lancaster. Before the game, York manager Mark Mason noted the team had been pitching well and playing great defense. It just hadn’t been hitting, evidenced by a 2-0, two-hit performance in its last loss.
So he did a drill the team sometimes does when it’s scuffling at the plate.
Mason sits 20 feet in front of the plate on a folding chair. An L-screen protects him from line drives, and he throws the ball around the plate.
He mixes inside and outside pitches, trying to get hitters to stay back and hit whatever he gives them. So if he throws the ball away, hitters should hit it opposite-field. If the ball rides inside, they should turn on it.
No hitter exhibited why that’s a big deal better than Luis De La Cruz, who went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double and four RBIs in York’s 6-1 victory at Lancaster. He went opposite-field on the fourth-inning double, then he turned on a pitch for his two-run shot in the sixth. He added an RBI single in the eighth, hitting a ball between the shortstop and third baseman.
Read about the game here.