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May 4, 2005

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Player Moves: And these involve two former big leaguers. The Lancaster Barnstormers have placed P Reynaldo Garcia on the inactive list. The Somerset Patriots have signed and activated P Nick Bierbrodt, who was believed to be talking to Lancaster before the start of the season.

Bierbrodt was a 1st round pick of the Diamondbacks in 1996, reaching the big leagues with them in 2001. He then pitched for the Devil Rays in 2001 and 2003, the Indians in 2003 and the Rangers in 2004. Bierbrodt is likely most well known among baseball fans as the player who was shot while in a taxi waiting for food at a drive through restaurant.

The Patriots started the season with 24 players, so they could have added Bierbrodt without releasing a player, but that was not the case. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and such was the case with P Cam Esslinger. After facing three batters on Opening Night and retiring exactly none of them, the Seton Hall grad was let go by the Patriots.

Also, Geoff Mosher of The Courier News is reporting that a representative of 2004 Baseball America Independent Player of the Year Victor Rodriguez has contacted team officials about a return to the team. Somerset Patriots manager Sparky Lyle told the paper, “Right now I don’t think it’s gonna happen unless we really get in dire straits.”

Rodriguez is currently under contract with a team in Taiwan. How he didn’t end up with a team in affiliated ball after the season he put up last year is an absolute embarassment to all 30 MLB farm directors.

Yesterday’s Scoreboard: Bridgeport 7 at Nashua 8, Lancaster 4 at Camden 5.

Today’s Scores: Ducks 1, Surf 2 (G1-DH); Ducks 1, Surf 2 (G2-DH).

The Patriots beat the Bears, 2-1, in Newark. Tony Gsell and Jeremy Owens hit solo home runs for the Patriots, and the Bears made it close in the 9th after an Emiliano Escandon error. The Bears had runners on 2nd and 3rd with two out in the bottom of the 9th, but Somerset’s Shane Heams shut the door on Newark. Brian Tollberg pitched six strong innings in the start for Somerset.

The Barnstormers beat Camden, 9-3. Brent Hoard (2-0) allowed three runs and seven hits over five innings to get the win for Lancaster.

Bridgeport beat Nashua, 7-1.

Mini Alumni Update:

Batters:
Carlos Baerga: 1-1
Bobby Hill: 1-4, 2 RBI
Jose Offerman: 0-1
Ruben Sierra: DNP, Injured
Chris Widger: DNP

Pitchers:

Joe Borowski: DNP, Injured
Jim Crowell: 0 IP, 0H, 2R, 1 ER, 1 BB, INF ERA (2 batters faced)
Brendan Donnelly: DNP
Jose Lima: DNP
Bill Pulsipher: DNP, Injured

– Mike Ashmore

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