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July 19, 2005

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AL Scoreboard: Somerset beat Lancaster, 12-5. Somerset banged out 19 hits in the win, their first of the second half. Joe Gannon went eight innings, allowing 10 hits and four earned runs over eight innings of work for his first Patriot victory. Brent Cordell…yes, Brent Cordell hit a three run home run for Somerset in the win, and he finally appears to be breaking out of his awful slump that he started his Patriots tenure with, especially on the heels of his three for four game last night.

This marks Somerset’s 499th franchise victory, and with their next five games set to take place on the road, it seems to be a given that number 500 takes place on the road.

Bridgeport beat Long Island, 6-5, in a much needed victory for one of the league’s charter franchises. Gary Burnham led the Bluefish to victory with a pair of two run home runs. Josh Miller evened his record at 5-5 with the win, and Brian Warren picked up his 4th save. Patrick Lennon was ejected in the bottom of the eighth after arguing balls and strikes with an umpire.

Camden beat Newark, 11-6. Troy Cameron homered in the win, while the red-hot Michael Moore and Wil Quintana went yard for Newark in the loss. How about some props for Riversharks pitcher Kevin Dougherty, who improves to 5-0 at home and 6-2 overall. I think if Camden was able to pick up one more starting pitcher, they could really improve their chances at winning the division.

Atlantic City beat Nashua, 9-7. Pride starter Jeremy Griffiths allowed six runs on four hits and did not factor in the decision. Ben Grezlovski picked up his 16th save of the season for the Surf in the win, with Al Benjamin and Ozzie Timmons helping his cause greatly with back-to-back jacks. Glenn Murray hit his 17th home run of the year in the loss.

Murray extends all-time HR lead: The home run was Murray’s 144th in the Atlantic League, further extending his all-time lead in the category.

Who’s second? My best guess is D.J. Boston with 82. Other players that came to mind were Jimmy Hurst (60), Ozzie Canseco (54), Damian Sapp (51), Michael Coleman (66) and Pito Ramirez (63).

Anyone else have any ideas? I’m probably missing somebody obvious.

Glenn Murray Fact That Only Interests Me: Borrowing one of Scott’s ideas, I figured I’d share a fact that could only interest myself. I was at the game where Glenn Murray got his first big league RBI, which was either on a sac fly or groundout. Another interesting fact about that game? It was against the Braves and Pedro Borbon, Brad Clontz and Terrell Wade were the three relievers in the game. All three have played in the Atlantic League.

Jones Gone: It was fun while it lasted, but Newark Bears pitcher Bobby M. Jones has been signed by the Chicago White Sox. He was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in five games, but this is a signing that might have been in the works for a while. Glad I got to interview him while he was here, I would have been disappointed if he signed before I got the chance to talk to him. No word on where he’s been assigned, but I would assume Triple-A Charlotte, although there’s nothing on their website, same goes for Double-A Birmingham’s site.

I would have figured that Carlos Castillo would be the first pitcher they’d lose. Granted, he’s not the most…ummm, athletic guy they have, but he flat out gets the job done and is a workhorse.

Barnstormers Signing: Lancaster has signed 20 year old Cuban righthander Ernesto Sadiek to a contract. This makes him the league’s youngest player. I couldn’t find anything on him, so who knows what his story is. Also, no word on if the team had to make a move to fit him in the roster, I’m pretty sure they’re at or around the league limit of 25 active players.

Bluefish Signing: Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post reports that the team has finally reached an agreement with P Ned Darley. Darley has pitched for both the Surf and the Pride, and this will mark his 6th season in the league. If you have arms, legs, and are currently alive, the Bluefish are probably willing to take a look at you.

They’ve been absolutely decimated by players leaving for affiliated ball and elsewhere and by injuries, and Elliott reports that the team is down to just three healthy infielders. They probably can’t even make a trade, since they can’t really afford to lose a body to get one back.

Might be time to see if they’re owed any “future considerations” from other leagues from previous trades.

Gannon to Start Today: Rather than sending him to the bullpen, as I had thought, the Patriots will send Joe Gannon to the hill against the Barnstormers tonight.

If Gannon were to make a second start for the squad, it would seem to be that it would take place on Sunday in Newark. That’s an intriguing matchup.

Not real sure I agree with sending Gannon right out there, but there’s a reason I’m sitting behind my keyboard and Sparky and “The Count” are where they are…

In other Patriots news, P Robert Marquez was injured in last night’s game trying to make a play, and his status is uncertain. OF Ryan Radmanovich tweaked his knee trying to make a play in right field Saturday night, and he’s listed as day-to-day.

Update on the update: Thanks to the reader who pointed out that I’d forgotten to put Jimmy Mann and Jason Pearson in my latest update. They’re now in it. What kind of Red Sox fan am I to forget those guys? For shame… – Mike Ashmore

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