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Revolution “tie” up Barnstormers

Thurman, Corey 8

With 62 wins since arriving in York in 2008, Corey Thurman is essentially the winningest starting pitcher in Atlantic League history. He’s 12 wins away from the all-time wins record.

It was a night of ties at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster on July 28, but not the kissing-your-sister-type.  With a 5-2 win, the Revolution clinched at least a tie in the 2014 War of The Roses, taking a 10-5 series lead.  After a 12 games to eight triumph last season, the win ensured the Community Cup will reside in York for consecutive offseasons for the first time ever.  The Revs need just one more victory in the final five meetings to win Cup outright two years in a row, which has never happened.  The only other time it’s been retained was when Lancaster kept it with a 10-10 tie in 2012 after winning it in 2011.  Otherwise, it’s always alternated cities.

After falling behind 2-0 in this year’s series, the Revolution have now won 10 of 13 games against the Barnstormers, with a 5-4 mark in Lancaster.  They’re 5-1 in York, after the five-game sweep back in May.

Corey Thurman (6-3) went just five innings (6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) after a lengthy rain delay pushed back the start of the game, but it was enough to earn him his 62nd career win in a Revolution uniform, in his seventh season with York.  The victory ties him with Lincoln Mikkelsen for second on the all-time Atlantic League list.  Thurman has now pitched exactly 900 innings with the Revs, and a two-run single by Cole Garner in the fifth snapped a 17-inning scoreless streak for the 35-year-old right-hander.  The win moved York (52-36) a season-high 16 games over .500, and the first half Freedom Division champs now lead Lancaster by a game in the second half standings as well with an 11-7 record.  The Revs have identical 26-18 home and road records this season.

As he attempts to move into second place by himself, unfortunately Thurman’s next start is also on the road, Saturday, August 2 at Long Island.  His next home start is scheduled for August 7 against Sugar Land.  Should Thurman play another season, he’s still 12 off the all-time record of 74 wins, held by Tim Cain.  The closest to Thurman on the Revolution’s all-time win list is Chris Cody, with 39.

-Paul Braverman

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