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June 30, 2005

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Patriots Add Pitcher: The Somerset Patriots signed pitcher Mark DiFelice to take the spot that opened when Brett Jodie returned home to rehab just days ago.

DiFelice has experience in the Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, and Washington Nationals organizations, including three seasons at the Triple-A level. – Scott Stanchak

AL Scoreboard: The Surf defeated the Patriots, 6-5, on a 9th inning Dario Delgado RBI single. Delgado extended his league lead in the category with his 46th RBI of the year. At least he won’t have to go far to get to the All-Star Game.

Nashua beat Lancaster, 5-4. Danny Gonzalez went 4-5 for the Barnstormers in the loss. Here’s a clip from the release talking about Nashua’a half of the sixth: With one out, Orlando Miller reached on in infield hit off a slow bounder up the third base line, and moved to second when Ryan Minor’s throw eluded the grasp of first baseman Raul Marcano. Miller moved to third on David Francia’s grounder. Tom Creighton drew a walk from Domingo Acosta (1-4), and with two strikes to Jimmy Hurst, broke for second. Lance Burkhart fired through, and Creighton stopped short. Miller broke for the plate and scored easily before Travis Hake could run Creighton down for the final out. Jim Mann got his 14th save for Nashua.

Nashua’s magic number is now three. You can more or less congratulate them now for the division crown, but I think things would have been a little different if Bridgeport had kept a lot of their guys…

As would be the case in nature, the Bears killed the Ducks. The score was 14-6, and not only did Newark establish a new season high in runs, but in hits (20) as well. Teuris Olivares, Wil Quintana and Jose Olmeda all homered in the win. Jack Santora also had three hits. Bobby M. Jones, who told me he prefers starting, came out of the pen tonight and his second outing went much better than his first, as he allowed only one earned run over two and two thirds innings.

Camden and Bridgeport are off tonight.

Jennings Returns: As I told you a few days before you saw it anywhere else, the Long Island Ducks brought back Doug Jennings. He’ll serve as player/coach, just like last year. As I also teased, he’s the guy who’ll be back for his bobblehead night, with the first 2,000 fans receiving bobbleheads on July 9th’s game.

Stanchak’s Take: Did you honestly think that Doug Jennings would not return this season? Jennings is as key to their team as Emiliano Escandon is to the Somerset Patriots. This Ducks team — hitting wise — is not one of their best in recent years and the addition of Jennings will surely help things get better.

Bluefish in talks with league veteran: The Connecticut Post‘s Rich Elliott reports that the team is in talks with P Ned Darley, who’s been in the league since 2000. Darley, who most recently pitched with the Surf, will only be signed if he fits within the team’s budget, writes Elliott.

“We’ll see what we can do,” Dowd told the paper. “(But), frankly, I’m not going to overpay for him right now. We need the help, but there’s just some good stuff coming down the road.”

I think that’s somewhat telling of their confidence in a guy like Darley. If they felt like they needed him right away, he’d be there by now. I’d like to think Dowd has some feelers out to guys in the Mexican League, and that’s what he’s referring to…but we shall see.

Elliott also recently reported that the team could be expecting the returns of Jose Amado and Willis Otanez. There’s another former big leaguer who’s talked with the team – an outfielder, and not the one I was referencing in earlier updates – but I’m not sure how he fits in the Bridgeport budget. He’s got seven years of big league time, so he’d be a real nice addition to the league.

Ejection Seat: The King of Nashua, The Nashua Telegraph‘s own Tom King, reports that there were three ejections in last night’s 9-1 Pride win over Bridgeport. That’s got to be a league high this year.

Anyway, King writes that Joe Kilburg was ejected for arguing being thrown out at the plate. Whether he launched a magic word or bumped the umpire remains to be seen. Then, he says, Pride SS Pete Shier took out Bluefish SS Tony Rodriguez with a hard slide at second. Shier was apparently disgruntled with being hit with a pitch and Rodriguez disgruntled with being wiped out and they “wrestled around the bag.”

The benches emptied, but nothing else really happened. It’s almost hard for me to believe that T-Rod would get in a fight. He’s as friendly as they come, as are the vast majority of Bluefish players, actually…but I guess things are very different once you’re inside those white lines. – Mike Ashmore

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