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July 19, 2005

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BaseBrawl: WWE Legends and Hall of Famers will join hosts Butch Hobson And Lobsterman for a night of fun and basebrawl as the Nashua Pride and AWA All-Star Wrestling present a great night of fun wrestling and baseball.

One price will get you a full wrestling show featuring in action and managing WWE Legends GREG THE HAMMER VALENTINE, GEORGE THE ANIMAL STEELE. OX BAKER (SLAG From the movie ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK) KOKO B. WARE, Women wrestling stars LUNA VACHON, MALAYA HOSAKA and LATINO LADIES SENSATION Rookie of the Year MERCEDES MARTINEZ.

Look for Bluefish pitcher Angel Miranda to be involved in the action as well as the popular Johnny Vegas. Other local stars will fill out the card with lots of great action. The second main event will be the Nashua Pride taking on the Bridgeport Bluefish on the Holman Diamond continuing their outstanding baseball rivalry.

This event is on July 23, 2005 – starting at 5:00 p.m.

Knuckler Goes Somerset: In news we brought to you first and only here on ALB, the Newark Bears released right-hander Joe Gannon and he was picked up by the Somerset Patriots.

We told you the Patriots need starting pitching help and Gannon can surely help out in that aspect.

He was 7-4 with a 3.90 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 20 games for the Newark Bears during the 2004 season.

Gannon has experience in the Baltimore Orioles organization, including a season at the Triple-A level.

Gannon began the 2005 season with the Bears and was 5-4 with 25 strikeouts in 14 games played. – Scott Stanchak.

Ashmore’s Take: If any coaching tandem can turn Gannon’s season around, surely it’s Sparky Lyle and John Montefusco. But, it seems like there’s a lot to turn around here, which is puzzling considering how dominant Gannon was at times last season.

I’ve seen first hand what the guy can do, I was there covering the game when he no-hit the very same Somerset Patriots team back in August last year. You’d have to think that left a lasting impression on Somerset’s front office, and that they jumped at the chance to take a chance, so to speak, on him when he became available.

My best guess would be that Gannon might make an appearance or two out of the bullpen before going into the rotation, if that is the plan. The Patriots will go into Newark in a few days, and that will be a real interesting matchup if Gannon gets on the rubber against his former teammates.

This move seems very similar to what the Yankees did with Al Leiter, signing someone who’s proven what he can do in the past and seeing if he sticks. If the Patriots get the Joe Gannon of 2004, this is a great signing. If they don’t, then who cares because they’re still in the playoffs. A win-win move by the front office, no question.

AL Scoreboard: Atlantic City beat Nashua, 4-1, in Atlantic City. Anthony Chavez improved to 6-3 on the year by going eight innings and allowing only one run on six hits. Nashua got their lone run on a Darren Bragg homer. Dario Delgado continued doing what he did during the home run derby, and that’s hit the ball out of the park in Atlantic City. The blast was his 15th of the year. Tom Klemm got the loss for Nashua, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in just one third of an inning.

Camden put up a 13 spot of their own, beating the Newark Bears, 13-7. Dwight Maness hit his 12th home run of the season in the win, and Rich Barrett was 4-5.

The Ducks beat the Bluefish, 8-7, despite Bridgeport having twice as many hits. Todd Erdos picked up his 19th save in the win.

Lancaster beat Somerset, 6-5, in 10 innings. The loss by Somerset makes them 0-5 since clinching their first half playoff title. Quincy Foster’s fifth hit of the evening with the bases loaded was the difference.

Silent Night: Tonight’s game between the Newark Bears and Camden Riversharks was to be played in total silence. There was to be no music and no public address announcer. Interesting.

However, it could have played in total darkness for a while as well, as there was a 20 minute delay due to the lights going out. – Mike Ashmore

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