Game 46: York 6, Somerset 0

Two weeks ago, the argument could be made for Corey Thurman as the Atlantic League’s worst pitcher.

Not anymore.

Thurman extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 18 Thursday night at Sovereign Bank Stadium and only allowed four hits in a dominating 6-0 win over Somerset. Thurman was coming off a three-hitter against Camden in his last start and he got some help from his defense early. Matt Esquivel threw out Gera Alvarez at the plate in the first inning when Alvarez appeared to pull up lame with a leg injury. 

The Revs (17-29) got on the board early with a big first inning. Keoni De Renne reached on a strikeout and moved to second on a balk from Somerset starter Jim Magrane. Then Jake Daubert plated De Renne with an RBI single — although Daubert had to leave the game after pulling his hamstring rounding first. And after a Sandy Aracena single, both Jason Aspito and Esquivel added RBI singles.

York also got RBI singles from Matt Padgett and Matt Dryer in the third and Dryer added another RBI single in the fifth to extend the lead. Amazingly, none of York’s 11 hits in the game went for extra bases.

Unfortunately, Somerset still took two of three in the series and is 7-3 against York this year. The Revs have to find a way to compete with Somerset and Newark in the Freedom Division if they have any plans of contending — ever. 

Player of the Game: Corey Thurman (York). The former big leaguer has rediscovered his old self lately after jumping out to the Atlantic League lead in losses (5). His ERA dropped from 6.60 to 5.71 in this start and that gives you an idea of just how bad a first month it was for the former Blue Jay. Thurman has allowed 33 earned runs in 52 innings so far.

Notes: Matt Padgett was ejected by home plate umpire Edwin Ortiz after Padgett argued a call at third base. Manager Chris Hoiles also came out to argue, but Ortiz didn’t even seem to acknowledge his presence. … Somerset’s Matt Hagen played three positions in the first three innings Thursday night because of Alvarez’s injury. He started at third base, moved to shortstop for an inning and then went to center field. … Patriots’ manager Sparky Lyle missed the game due to an illness. Pitching coach and director of player procurment, Brett Jodie, managed in his place. … Keoni De Renne misplayed a line drive for his 19th error of the year. … 

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2 Responses

  1. Big Thurm’s turnaround has been amazing. I have to give Hoiles and Gladstone a lot of credit for sticking with him through all of his early struggles.

    The next player brought on to this roster should be a shortstop. De Renne really needs to be at second base with the way he’s been fielding this year.

  2. Maybe they can use De Renne as the DH. He doesn’t look right anywhere in the field.

    I forgot to mention that former York pitcher Byron Batson pitched four scoreless innings for Somerset in this game. That’s amazing and although the Patriots didn’t win the game, he allowed the team to keep the bullpen in order for the next series.

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