After the many records he's set, one might think Corey Thurman would start looking at career milestones as just numbers.
But the longer the right-hander has been in a Revolution uniform, the more he's fallen in love with York. He proved it recently by becoming a York County resident with his wife, Angela, who gave birth to their first child, Ella, during the Atlantic League Championship Series last fall.
So, it was extra special for Thurman on Wednesday night when he set another mark in front of the 6,207 hometown fans at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
Starting on three days rest, Thurman held the Somerset Patriots to just two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk in six innings.
His performance helped
The longest-tenured player in Revs' history, Thurman added to the list of club records he's set, including all-time wins (46), starts (109), innings (599), strikeouts (431) and quality starts (37).
After watching the Fourth of July fireworks show down on the field following the game, Thurman chatted about his most recent accomplishments while holding Ella in his arms.
"(The records) mean everything to me. I live here and it's just like we built a home here in York. This is my home now," Thurman said. "It's a team accomplishment, but over the years with different guys on the roster, it's been great for all of us. I'm happy about everything. It means a lot."
Revs' manager Andy Etchebarren said the key to the veteran pitcher's success has been getting ahead in counts. Thurman threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of the 27 batters he faced Wednesday.
But Etchebarren also cautioned that Thurman has been aided by York's offense this season. In Thurman's 14 starts, York (35-31) is averaging eight runs a game, which is the best run support of all York's starters.
"Why that is? I don't know," Etchebarren said. "I can't say they (York's position players) like him more than the other guys (starting pitchers), because that ain't right."
Offense: York collected 13 hits, three of them solo homers from Scott Grimes, James Shanks and Danny Gonzalez.
Grimes became the all-time leader in homers hit at Sovereign Bank Stadium (22), passing Matt Esquivel. Four players had multiple hits.
Revs' relievers Stephen Penney, Dumas Garcia and Adam Thomas combined to hold Somerset scoreless in the final three innings.
Next game: York will next travel to Camden (31-34) for a two-game set before returning home for two games against the Riversharks to close out the first half of the season.
Etchebarren, who sat out of Tuesday's game with soreness in his back, will not travel with the team to Camden. He is still recovering from back surgery he underwent on June 19. He will be back in the Revs' dugout when they return home Saturday. York left-hander Chris Waters (1-1, 4.20 ERA) will start against righty Ricky Brooks (5-1, 2.12) on Thursday.
Auction: Wednesday's silent auction of game-worn camouflage jerseys, presented by BAE Systems, raised $5,200 in donations for the non-profit United Service Organizations.
-- Reach John Walk at email@example.com.