Shawn Hill (1-1) hasn’t had the best luck in York this year. He pitched in unseasonably cold weather in the season opener, dealing with wind and temperatures that hovered in the low 50s. Unable to grip his change-up, he allowed just one run but took the loss.
Then he pitched against the Barnstormers in Lancaster’s home opener, dealing with a delay at the start for a ring ceremony and some more crummy weather.
But the one thing that we couldn’t see him struggling with was a kink in his neck. He woke up with a sore neck before his first start in Lancaster. But in his third start of the year, he finally was able to show flashes of what he can do Thursday. Hill (1-1) picked up the win as York earned a 5-2 victory to complete its first sweep in Lancaster in club history.
He held Lancaster to two runs on six hits through five innings, limiting the damage to a two-run second inning where he faced seven hitters.
At one point, pitching coach Paul Fletcher came out to talk to him.
“He tried to slow me down because mechanically I was out of whack,” Hill said.
Hill knew he was rushing to the plate, which causes him to lose some of his command. And while he tried to correct it in-game, he knows with a full schedule of bullpens before his next start he could finally be on track.
“If we had a full spring training, I would have worked those kinks out,” Hill said.
He retired four in a row before Lancaster’s second-inning rally. Then he retired five in a row through the third and fourth. He’s not on the 27 2/3 scoreless run he had for York back in 2012, but their are glimpses he could be improving.