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June 23, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Riding West With The Texas Rangers: Just days after the Rangers signed Somerset Patriots pitcher Derek Lee to a contract and sent him to Triple-A, the team signed Bridgerport Bluefish pitcher Hector Mercado and he will join their Double-A team in Frisco. This season, he threw 21.2 innings, allowing six earned runs while striking out 15, walking 13 and throwing two wild pitches. In the 88 batters he faced, Mercado allowed 22 hits, three of which were for home runs.

Pride Activated: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim activated former Atlantic-Leaguer Curtis Pride from the 15-day disabled list when they placed outfielder Steve Finley on the list.

Scoreboard: The Newark Bears had a six-run second inning to beat the Somerset Patriots, 6-3. Brett Jodie suffered the loss for Somerset and Andy Zwirchitz picked up the win. Wil Quintana hit his fifth home run of the season, and third of the series. – Scott Stanchak.

The Surf used a three run 9th inning to beat the Long Island Ducks, 3-2. Ducks closer Todd Erdos, who’s more or less been lights out all season, gave up a two run single to Tom Goodwin to tie the game at two. Then Raul Marval hit a ball down the third base line to score the winning run in dramatic fashion.

Perhaps it’s only when dogs are allowed in the stadium that the Riversharks play like the waste product of said animal. With that said, there were no dogs to be seen for miles as the Riversharks blew the doors off the Barnstormers, 11-2. Brad Strauss homered in the win for Camden. Brett Laxton pitched eight strong innings for the win, with his brother Josh Laxton pitching the ninth to finish it out.

The Bluefish avoided the sweep by beating the Nashua Pride, 5-0. Tim Cain improved to 1-1 by allowing only one hit through six innings in what was sure to be a sitting room only crowd at Holman. Nashua committed three errors in the loss.

Insert clever headline involving fish here: The Connecticut Post’s Rich Elliott reports that the Bluefish are in discussions with both P Robert Person and INF Gustavo Escobar. Escobar I’d heard about, Person I hadn’t. Escobar was recently released from affiliated ball, and has played for the Bluefish before.

Person has nine years of big league service with the New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox. He has a career 51-42 record and went 15-7 in 2001 with Philadelphia. Coincidentally, I have one of the hats he wore as a Met sitting on one of my shelves. It looks rather sporty next to my Mark Whiten Indians hat.

But, turning to things you actually care about, I’ve been hearing some rumblings about Bridgeport talking to some outfielders as well. With the playoff race really heating up, let’s see who can stock up the fastest.

Barnstormers signing: The Barnstormers have signed P Hayden Gardner, who was jettisoned from camp by the Patriots this season after it was said that he was not on the level of the others. Gardner gave up two runs in an inning and two thirds against Camden tonight, but those runs were unearned. – Mike Ashmore



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