Thursday was a night of "firsts."
Former manager Andy Etchebarren had his No. 8 retired by the York Revolution -- the first person to have his number retired after wearing a Revs' uniform.
The Revs and the Bridgeport Bluefish played their first game of the 2013 season.
Heck, York's mascot, Downtown, made his first-ever skydive out of an airplane, landing on the pitching mound at Sovereign Bank Stadium to deliver the game ball.
The Revs went on to set a number of "firsts," although they didn't give the 5,654 fans much to cheer about.
Four Bridgeport pitchers combined to hold York to three hits, the least amount of hits in Opening Day history for the Revs. The Bluefish scored their only run in the fourth inning off of Revs' starter Corey Thurman, but it proved to be enough for Bridgeport in a 1-0 win over York.
It was the first time the Revs have been shut out on Opening Day.
Thurman (0-1), starting in York's fourth-straight Opening Day contest, actually had an impressive outing despite giving up the run, allowing four hits while walking one. His eight strikeouts were the most by a Revs' starter in Opening Day history.
York (0-1) had a runner in scoring position in each of the first two innings. After a Jeff Fiorentino single in the second inning, the Revs' next 20 batters were sat down in succession, a new single-game club record.
"There's gonna be a lot of firsts," said York manager Mark Mason, who took his first official loss as the Revs' new skipper. "Maybe a first win. Maybe a first loss for the guys. Maybe a first hit. Whatever it is, you just try to get all the firsts out of the way and then you just go from there."
Strike zone: Pitchers on both sides combined for 20 strikeouts in the game, which might have been the result of umpires calling the high strike, one of many rules being enforced this season to speed up games.
"Hitters are gonna have to get used to it. We took a lot of high pitches today that would normally be balls," Mason said. "But I think their guys (Bridgeport) pitched well as a team."
First baseman Brian Burgamy drew York's first walk of the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and later moved to second base on a wild pitch by Bluefish reliever Jeff Fulchino. York third baseman Andy Marte, playing in his first game since the 2011 season, grounded out to third base for the final out.
"Everything is just going so quick right now. I gotta make a better approach," Marte said afterwards. "He (Fulchino) threw me a fastball in. He was throwing me a lot breaking pitches. I wasn't expecting that pitch."
Bridgeport's starting pitcher, Mike Parisi, who had a 2.72 ERA last year with the Los Angeles Dodgers' Class AAA Albuquerque affiliate, held York to three hits with four strikeouts in four innings.
Right-hander Matt Sommo (1-0) got the win with three scoreless innings in relief. Fulchino, a former big leaguer, got the save.
Next game: York (0-1) will host Bridgeport (1-0) at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the second of a four-game series -- weather permitting. There's a good possibility of storms. Right-hander Brett Tomko is scheduled to get the start for York in what will be his Revs' debut. He'll face Bridgeport righty Josh Butler.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.