A total of nine hits from the offense and just three runs given up by the pitchers would be preferred on most nights by a baseball manager -- no matter if it's in Little League or the pros.
In what's turning out to be a trend for the York Revolution, however, that same production Tuesday night didn't result in a victory. Rather, Camden's three runs scored off of Revs' veteran starter Corey Thurman proved to be enough in a 3-2 series-opening victory over York in front of 2,522 fans at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
It marked the seventh time this season York (6-6) has been held to three runs or less in a game. The Revs also dropped to 4-5 in games when they held opponents to three runs or less.
Still, York skipper Mark Mason isn't discouraged. Not after his club combined for 20 runs in wins on Saturday and Sunday at Bridgeport. And not after his offense came up short Tuesday night, leaving 11 runners stranded on base, six of them in scoring position.
"Sometimes it's timely hitting," Mason said. "It's not so much how many hits you have, it's when you get them. I don't know how many guys we left on base but it seemed like we had guys out there every inning except one or two."
Plus, Camden's outfielders saved a couple runs in the later innings, catching fly balls at the wall in the seventh and ninth innings, each time with a York runner on base.
The Revs even had runners on the corners with two out in the bottom of the ninth when Andy Marte hit a dribbler to the left side of the infield that looked like it was going to sneak through for a game-tying hit before Riversharks' third baseman Juan Martinez scooped the ball up at the last second and tossed it to second base for the final out.
"We hit some balls really hard. They just made some great plays on balls," Mason said. "Marte hit one deep to center field (in the seventh inning). That was a great play. We made some great hits we just didn't get anything for them."
York tied it at 2-2 in the fourth inning when catcher Salvador Paniagua (3-for-4, two doubles, two RBIs) hit a two-run double to right-center that scored Johan Limonta and Jason Repko. But Camden (3-8) went back up the next inning when Thurman (1-2) gave up his second solo homer of the game, this time to Paddy Matera.
Pitching: Thurman was credited with allowing eight hits in 51/3 innings while striking out three and walking two. Camden right-hander Brian Bass (1-2), a former big leaguer, got his first Atlantic League win by holding York to two runs on six hits with five strikeouts and five walks.
York relievers Dustin Pease, Joe Torres and Rommie Lewis combined to toss 32/3 scoreless innings.
Next game: Right-hander Brett Tomko (0-1, 1.29 ERA) will start against left-hander Keith Weiser (0-2, 9.00) on Wednesday in a 6:30 p.m. start in the second of a three-game series against visiting Camden.
Game notes: Tuesday marked the first game in a season-long 10-game homestand for York. ... Revs' short stop Andy Gonzalez sat out Tuesday's game after getting hit in the head by a pitch during a plate appearance in the first inning Sunday at Bridgeport. Mason said Gonzalez passed all concussion tests and will likely play Wednesday. ... York released catcher Sandy DeLeon on Tuesday.
-- Reach John Walk at email@example.com.
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