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June 20, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
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Scoreboard: Derek Lee’s complete game shutout led the Patriots past the Barnstormers, 9-0. Lee was masterful today, making Lancaster look just awful. Ryan Radmanovich hit a towering home run to right field in the win. The guy is an All-Star already, but it looks like his power numbers are finally starting to pick up.

The Surf shut out Newark, 5-0. The Bears only managed four hits against Surf starter Rob Corrado, who put the Bears back at .500 with a record of 25-25. That marks the third consecutive complete game by Surf starters, albeit two of those coming in seven inning outings.

Nashua beat Camden, 3-2. Dwight Maness hit a rare home run, but it wasn’t enough as Camden lost after a stellar performance from Jamie Steward through 7 innings. But, he came apart in the 8th inning and picked up the loss. Jason Pearson got the win and Jim Mann got his 9th save of the year.

Long Island beat Bridgeport, 4-1. Paxton Crawford picked up his league leading 8th win, and is proving yet again that he simply does not belong here. Todd Erdos pitched two scoreless innings for his 12th save. Despite them being at the bottom of the standings, how can you not believe in the Ducks with pitching like this. It seems like the addition of Henry Rodriguez, combined with the bat of Pete Rose, Jr. coming around are leading to the Ducks making a charge with about 20 games to go in the first half.

22,175: The Somerset Patriots set a new three-day attendance record, as well becoming the first team to draw 7,000 fans on three consecutive games. With today’s crowd of 7,035, the total amount of fans to take in the Barnstormers-Patriots series was 22,175. This obliterates the previous record, set by Somerset in May of 2004. Congratulations to everyone in the Patriots front office on a job well done.

Name Player Countdown: Give it a week, and I think the odds are real good you’ll see a new name you recognize on an Atlantic League roster. There was another player who was in talks with the league, but he ultimately signed back in affiliated ball.

Sharks signing: The Camden Riversharks have signed P Chuck Bechtel. Bechtel, a 6′ 4″ RHP who shares a birthday (11/12) with both Matt Dryer and Ben Simon, attended Marist College and was drafted by the Padres in both 2002 (R-25) and 2003 (R-15).

Bechtel has experience in the Padres, Tigers and Cardinals systems. The 25 year old started at Marist but has served mainly as a reliever in the pros.

He entered 2005 with a record of 3-5 and an ERA of 4.48. He’d only given up 5 home runs in a little under 95 innings, but had walked 62 batters compared to 100 strikeouts. He’s never advanced higher than A-Ball.

With the Palm Beach Cardinals this year, where was a teammate of the aforementioned Matt Dryer, he was 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA in 5 games. However, he was being used as a starter there.

Puffer’s Return: That sounds like an interesting movie title, but alas, it’s about Brandon Puffer’s debut with the San Francisco Giants last night. The former Somerset Patriot pitched four innings against the Detroit Tigers last night in relief of starter Kirk Reuter. Puffer allowed two runs and three hits, striking out one. He threw 59 pitches, 38 of them for strikes, and his season ERA stands at 4.50 – Mike Ashmore

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