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July 10, 2005

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Our 2005 All-Star Coverage is now posted online: Just use the link on the front page and you will see our selections, past coverage and a whole lot more. – Scott Stanchak.

Patriots in Playoffs: In one of the best Atlantic League games I’ve seen in a very long time, the Somerset Patriots beat the Atlantic City Surf, 4-3, on a bases loaded walk of Ryan Radmanovich by Felix Villegas in the 10th inning.

The players came out of the dugout and gathered at home plate for a short celebration, but the plastic was over the lockers and the liquids were flowing once the celebration found its way inside the clubhouse.

Dave Elder was absolutely huge in the victory for Somerset, coming into the game in the late innings and getting the Patriots out of seemingly impossible jams. I asked him after the game if he thought that the game had a playoff intensity to it.

“Yeah, definitely,” said Elder. “It was great to go out there and win the first half, it felt like a championship game.”

Elder told me he was throwing mainly fastballs for the first two batters he faced, but was working more on adrenaline in his next inning. Robert Marquez, who was warming up in the bullpen, would have replaced Elder had the game gone into the 11th as Elder told me he was done after the 10th.

Although the Patriots essentially have nothing to play for but pride in the second half, team captain Emiliano Escandon wasn’t concerned that his squad wouldn’t be motivated.

“The real prize is a couple months down the road,” said Escandon. “We still have a lot do, and guys still want to try and get out of here. We’re not just going to go out there and lay over for the second half, we’re going to go out there and try to roll over some people and really make a statement.”

AL Scoreboard: Camden beat Bridgeport, 5-2, in a game that ended almost an hour before the Patriots game did. Bluefish starter Josh Kalinowski couldn’t keep his momentum going, and fell to 3-5 after allowing five runs on 10 hits in six innings.

Newark and Lancaster split their doubleheader. Newark took the first game, 10-3, but Lancaster came back to earn the split with an 11-6 win in game two. Jeremy Todd went yard against his former teammates in game two.

Nashua beat Long Island, 7-3. Paxton Crawford has cooled down as of late, and tonight was no exception as his record fell to 8-6 with the loss.

Jennings Breaks Hand: The Ducks have placed Doug Jennings on the DL with a broken hand, retroactive to July 5. Jennings had just returned to the Ducks, and had appeared in only one game with the team before being put on the DL.

10Q Update: I interviewed Surf catcher Mel Rosario today, who gave me some surprisingly good and thorough material. As soon as I dig my way out of all this work I have to do with the Goodwin piece, I’ll have this up. – Mike Ashmore

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