Game 71: York 9, Camden 0

Fresh off winning Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month for June, Corey Thurman proved he plans on dominating for much longer than 30 days.

Thurman set a York Revolution season high with nine strikeouts and pitched eight shutout innings in York’s 9-0 win over Camden Tuesday night at Campbell’s Field. The former major leaguer scattered six hits, only allowed two walks and lowered his ERA to 4.54 before the announced crowd of 2,032. Thurman’s ERA after his first five starts was 10.35.

The Revs jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings thanks to seven walks from Camden starter Mike Flannery, who didn’t come out for a third frame. In the first, Matt Esquivel had an RBI double and Jason Aspito scored on a wild pitch. Then in the second, York (1-0, 31-40) batted around in an inning highlighted by Jose Enrique Cruz’s RBI singe, Chris Ashby’s RBI groundout, an Aspito RBI double and Sandy Aracena’s sacrifice fly.

Every Revolution starter had at least one hit except for Chris Ashby and Cruz and Esquivel both had three each. Keoni De Renne had a two-run triple in the seventh and Esquivel had an RBI infield single in the eighth to cap York’s scoring.

The Riversharks (0-1, 40-31), fresh off winning the first-half Liberty Division title, got a stellar relief outing from Julio Guerrero. He saved Camden’s bullpen by firing five innings of two-run ball.

York will resume its nine-game road trip tonight in Camden with Aaron Rakers (4-6, 5.38 ERA) on the hill against Tony Peguero (5-0, 4.70 ERA).

Player of the Game: Corey Thurman (York). Thurman continued his dominance after allowing five earned runs in eight innings last time out in a loss to Newark. After losing his first five decisions, Thurman went seven straight starts without a loss — before his last start — and has improved to 5-6. If not for that dreadful opening to the season, he’d certainly be an easy choice for the All-Star game.

Notes: Kennard Jones had his 12th multi-hit game in 23 outings for York. He went 2-for-6 with a run out of the leadoff spot. … Shea Hillenbrand keeps trucking along. He had another two-hit game out of the No. 8 spot. … York didn’t commit an error. … Tyler Von Schell was the only Rivershark to manage two hits in his first game against his former mates. … Travis Phelps put the shutout in jeopardy in the ninth after a walk and a hit, but he escaped the inning without any damage. … Cruz (pictured) also added his seventh stolen base to go along with his three hits. He’s been on fire since being moved into the No. 2 spot and is hitting .480 in seven July games.


2 Responses

  1. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I have to give Hoiles and Gladstone a lot of credit for sticking with Thurman through his slow (to put it mildly) start. Their patience has really paid off.

    Hopefully the decent inning from Phelps is a sign that he’s feeling like himself again. His first appearance back from the DL wasn’t pretty, as he walked Lancaster’s college kids back-to-back to load the bases and then to force home a run. If he can find the strike zone a little more consistently, York will have another great arm in an already strong pen.

  2. It was a great situation to get Phelps in the game. I think they want him out there in a few non-pressure situations just so he can get his timing back.

    As for Thurman, you wonder if his case for being picked up by an affiliated team will be somewhat hampered by his early-season numbers. If a scout doesn’t come to see him in person, his overall stats still aren’t tremendous. But they’re certainly getting there.

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