Veteran pitcher Corey Thurman might be the most popular of all York Revolution players.
But if anyone were to make a case for the second-most popular Rev? Well, Liu Rodriguez would probably take the crown.
For the better part of 10 minutes following York's game on Tuesday night, the veteran infielder willingly gave an autograph to every fan who asked. Then, before he chatted with the media, he took a seat on the pitcher's bench.
"I'm tired. I'm 35 years old," he said.
Along with veteran starting pitcher Chris Waters, Rodriguez helped the Revs finally come out on the winning end on Tuesday with a 10-0 victory over Bridgeport in front of 3,862 fans at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
Waters, who started for the first time in 14 days, dazzled with five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, while striking out six and walking one. Rodriguez, meanwhile, went 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs and a run scored. He was one of three Revs' players with multiple hits.
With the victory, York (37-38, 1-4) snapped a season-worst six-game losing streak and won its first game in the second half of the season. The win also came on the heels of an 18-3 loss to Bridgeport (34-41, 3-2) on Monday. York also snapped out of a hitting slump after scoring just eight runs in the previous five games.
Meeting: For whatever reason, a team meeting called by Revs' manager Andy Etchebarren before Monday's blowout didn't have much of an impact for York.
"I didn't pick the right night," Etchebarren joked. "I should've waited 'til today."
Still, the skipper was happy to finally see some life in his team, as was Rodriguez.
"(Monday) night we lost. But we're trying to get better and you can see the results today," Rodriguez said. "All of my teammates were trying to concentrate every at-bat."
Waters: Given his recent issues with soreness in the left side of his neck and left shoulder, it's a good sign Waters felt fine following Tuesday's performance.
He had been dealing with the soreness in his previous three starts, during which he went four innings or less in each of them, giving up a combined 11 runs (eight earned).
To correct the issue, he said he's been using a traction machine at Wellspan, the official medical provider for the Revs, that stretches his neck.
Changes: Perhaps a notable change to the lineup played a role in the win as well. Etchebarren moved outfielder Scott Grimes from the No. 2 spot in the lineup down to No. 8. Grimes had batted .143 (4-for-28) the previous seven games, but responded Tuesday by going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
"I thought dropping him in the lineup might relax him a little bit," Etchebarren said. "He got a couple hits tonight. Is he mad at me? Yeah."
On the Revs' pre-game radio show Tuesday, Etchebarren told play-by-announcer Darrell Henry he is planning to make roster moves that wouldn't make fans happy. He still stuck with that after York's lopsided win.
"I'll say this, we'll announce something before we go on the road trip (Friday)," he said.
Chico released: The Revs released left-handed starter Matt Chico on Tuesday, a day after he allowed seven runs on eight hits in 11/3 innings against the Bluefish in Monday's loss. He leaves York with a 1-3 record and 7.50 ERA.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.