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Wrap-up from a big weekend

What a weekend it was at Sovereign Bank Stadium.  As the Revolution travel to Sugar Land for the final six games of the regular season, there is much to recap:

  • It was announced Sunday that Andy Etchebarren’s number 8 will be retired by the Revolution. Check out the next post (the one above this one) for a nice video from the York Daily Record with the highlights from Sunday’s pre-game ceremony which honored Etch.  Hall-of-Famer Brooks Robinson, his former teammate and a Revolution co-owner, was on hand to say a few nice words as well.
  • The Revolution’s 75 regular season wins are already a single-season franchise record, with six games to go.
  • Chris Nowak is the second Revolution player to drive in 100 runs in a season (Aspito 105 in 2008), and is currently at 102 after his 34th home run yesterday.  He’s five away from Jeremy Todd’s total of 107 in 2005, which is the fifth most all-time in a single season.  The top four single season RBI totals in Atlantic League history are 110 (Brian Becker ’05), 111 (Vic Rodriguez ’02), 121 (Jose Viera ’00) and 129 (Ozzie Canseco ’00).
  • On Saturday evening prior to the game, reliever Adam Thomas was named the Revolution’s 2012 Community Outreach Player of the Year.  Thomas joins a list of beloved Revs from the past including Keoni DeRenne, Jason Olson and Chris Walker.
  • On Saturday evening prior to the game, Chris Nowak was named the Revolution’s 2012 Team MVP.  Last season he shared the award with Corey Thurman – the two were Co-MVPs.  This year, he was selected as MVP outright.
  • Despite coming up short on Team MVP, Corey Thurman took the mound on Sunday undeterred.  He fired 7.2 shutout innings to earn the win against Somerset, improving to 14-3 on the season.  That is a new Revolution single-season wins record, surpassing his own mark of 13-3 a year ago.  The 2-0 victory was York’s 10th shutout win this season, another club record.  Thurman now has 52 wins with the Revolution since 2008, placing him third in Atlantic League history.  He’s 10 wins away from second place Lincoln Mikkelsen (62), and 22 away from all-time leader Tim Cain (74).
  • The Somerset Patriots were the bane of the Revolution’s existence for the first three years of this franchise.  That is no longer the case.  With the four-game weekend sweep York finished the season 14-6 against Somerset, a franchise best.  The Revs were 9-1 against the Patriots at home.
  • Reliever Mike DeMark, who was not around for the Revolution’s championship run last season because he finished the season with Mobile (AA) and Reno (AAA) after being picked up by the Arizona Diamondbacks from York in June, got his championship ring this season with Reno.  On Saturday night Reno defeated Omaha (Kansas City) 8-2, winning the PCL Championship Series three games to one.  DeMark pitched an inning and a third scoreless in Reno’s 13-1 win in Game 1.  After spending the entire season with Reno, keep your fingers crossed DeMark gets a September call-up to the Diamondbacks before the month is over.

-Paul Braverman

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