York’s Ferdinand gives Revs a walk-off win in his debut
June 6, 2015 - Picnic Time
Have we ever listened of Nick Ferdinand?
If your answer is no, don’t feel too bad. Even a many fervent York Revolution fans had no suspicion who a child was when they saw his name in a Revs lineup for Friday night’s diversion opposite a visiting Sugar Land Skeeters.
Rest assured, though, a 4,494 fans who were in Santander Stadium know who a 24-year-old from Philly is now after he bloody a walk-off home run over a large left margin wall to give a Revs a 4-3 win.
Two weeks ago, a former Phillies breeze collect was personification for a Watertown Bucks, a group in a fledgling new four-team eccentric East Coast Baseball League, a joining so problematic fans can't even find a stats on a internet. Ferdinand had played 3 games there when he got a call from York manager Mark Mason, mouth-watering him to come to Camden to work out for a Revs on their new highway trip.
“One of my former players called me and asked me if I’d work him out,” Mason said. “We brought him in while we were in Camden, and he took batting use and did some throwing in a outfield. we desired his BP. He strike a turn unequivocally hard. He had some power. we only favourite what we saw.”
The strange devise was to have Ferdinand join a group for a second examination while it was in Long Island. Bad continue during that array kept a Revs from removing on a margin for pregame batting practice, forcing a change in plans.
With his group struggling offensively, Mason motionless to not wait for a second demeanour and done a call mouth-watering Ferdinand to join a team. He arrived in York on Thursday afternoon, sealed his agreement and had his physical. Less than 24 hours after he was in uniform and starting in left field.
Ferdinand done a good initial impression, singling in his initial at-bat. He combined a second bottom strike in a seventh, after Brandon Boggs had finished a Revs’ 38 2/3 inning scoreless strain with a solo home run into a right margin cruise area.
“Boggs’ home run was outrageous since it pennyless that streak,” Mason said. “Once a strain was broken, it took a vigour off. Our bats got better. The atmosphere in a cave got better.”
Boggs’ homer also cut Sugar Land’s 2-0 lead in half. And with a vigour off, a Revs took a 3-2 lead in a eighth when Andres Perez took a representation from Sugar Land reliever Adrian Martin deep.
But routinely arguable York closer Josh Judy served adult a solo home run to Sugar Land’s Danny Alamonte to lead off a ninth, restraining a game. Turned out he was only environment a theatre for Ferdinand to turn an evident fan favorite when he incited on an inside fastball from Skeeters reliever Cory VanAllen (L, 3-1). Ferdinand repaid a preference by creation Judy (W, 1-0) a winning pitcher on a night he had blown a save for a initial time in 8 opportunities this season.
“It feels good to assistance a group win,” pronounced Ferdinand, who spent dual seasons in a Phillies plantation complement before being expelled final October.
Ferdinand, who became a third actor in group story to get a walk-off strike in their Revs entrance and a seventh actor to strike a home run in their initial diversion with a team, insisted he was not overhanging for a fences.
“I only wanted to put good at-bats together,” he said.
But he also certified anticipating a Arch Nemesis an mouth-watering aim when he saw it on his attainment in York.
“My initial suspicion was, ‘This is going to be a fun deteriorate personification here.’ That blockade is out of a ordinary. we took a few shots during it during my final turn of batting use before a game,” he said. “Just to see how distant we indeed had to strike it to get one over it.”
Now he knows.
NOTES GT;GT; York done room on a register for Ferdinand by releasing outfielder Willie Cabrera, who strike only .203 in 21 games with a Revs . … York starter Anthony Lerew gave a Revs another clever start permitting only 3 hits and a span of runs in 6 2/3 innings. … The Revs stopped their streaks of scoreless innings and shutout games, though a strain of games with during slightest one blunder reached 9 when Lerew was incompetent to reason on to a toss from Perez while covering initial on a play in a fifth inning.