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July 20, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Pride deliver historic buttwhooping to Surf: The Pride destroyed the Surf, 20-4. The Pride set Atlantic League records for most triples in a game with four, and most total bases in a game with 57.

They also tied a league record with 26 hits. Luis Rodriguez hit for the cycle, his second time doing that in the Atlantic League in as many years. Darren Bragg was 5-7 with four RBI and Jimmy Hurst was 4-6 with six RBI and two longballs.

Of the 20 runs Nashua scored, eight of them came off of Surf starter Lincoln Mikkelsen, who also serves as a coach. There’s three L’s in his name, but there’s a lot more of them next to it this year than in years past. Not sure if he’s just getting older or if pitching in Atlantic City is different compared to pitching in Camden, but he just hasn’t had it all year.

On the flip side, Nate Teut threw a complete game five-hitter for Nashua, striking out five.

500: The Somerset Patriots earned their 500th franchise victory, hitting three solo home runs en route to a 4-1 victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers.

AL Scores that don’t look like NFL scores: Camden beat Newark, 6-4, in front of their home fans. Marcos Sanchez’s three run home run was the difference in the game. Norm Hutchins was 3-4 in the loss.

Long Island beat Bridgeport, 5-4. Justin Davies, Carlos Hernandez and Henry Rodriguez all had three hits in the victory. Gary Burnham was 5-5 in the loss. Lance Davis got the win for the Ducks, with Todd Erdos picking up his league leading 20th save.

Seems like the closers are better than they have been in a long time in the Atlantic League, but you’ve got to wonder how long these guys are going to last.

Ducks sign ex-MLB player: Shocking, right? Anyway, the Long Island Ducks announced today that they’ve agreed to terms with 33 year old OF Armando Rios. Rios, a six year big league vet, has played for the San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago White Sox. He also brings playoff experience to the team, having played in the 2000 NLDS as a member of the Giants. Rios is the 14th player on the Ducks roster to have big league time.

I’m just poking fun, believe me when I tell you that I love it when teams bring in big league guys. It usually brings up the level of play in the league, and it gives me something to look forward to when a team comes into town. – Mike Ashmore

Rios, a veteran of 419 major league games, owns a career .269 average with 36 home runs and 167 RBI. His finest season came in 2000 as a member of the San Francisco Giants, where he appeared in 115 games. That season, he hit 10 home runs and drove in 50 in 233 plate appearances. His most recent stop in the majors was in the 2003 season with the Chicago White Sox, where he appeared in 49 games and registered two home runs, three doubles and 11 RBI. – Scott Stanchak.

Becker Close to Leaving?: Am hearing lots of chatter that Pride slugger Brian Becker might be on the way out soon, with talks that he might be close to accepting a Double-A deal. Tom King of The Nashua Telegraph reported that Becker was contemplating signing a Single-A deal with the Yankees, but considering he was just in Triple-A this season and the numbers he’s putting up in the Atlantic League, and I’d find it hard to believe that he should go to Single-A.

Jones heads to Charlotte: Following up on yesterday’s story, Bobby M. Jones will in fact report to Triple-A Charlotte.

More Longball Thoughts: D.J. Boston still seems to be the Robin to Glenn Murray’s Batman at this point, but I was right in saying that I was missing someone obvious. One of our readers pointed out that Doug Jennings was right in the mix of things, with 78 regular season home runs for both the Bears and Ducks.

Another interesting note is that Jennings is just one short of Francisco Morales team record of 63, and with his return expected in about a month, Ducks fans will finally be able to celebrate an on-field accomplishment for Jennings.

Morales, by the way, would appear to fall into 4th place with 73 home runs. He hit his final 10 in 2003 as a member of the Camden Riversharks.

And how could I have forgotten about one my all-time favorite people, Juan Thomas? Over three seasons in Atlantic City, Thomas hit 70 balls out of the park…some of which are likely still in orbit. He, Juan Diaz, and Damian Sapp own the three longest home runs I’ve ever seen hit.

Anybody who was at the 2003 Atlantic League Championship Series in Somerset and saw Sapp crush that ball to left field knows which one I’m talking about. What was particularly amazing about Sapp was how much power he was able to generate using such a heavy bat. I have one of Sapp’s bats, and it’s a very heavy maple bat, at least comparitively so to the other bats in my collection.

I’ve been to 171 Atlantic League games, 40 Eastern League games and 28 Major League games, so believe me when I tell you that I’ve seen my fair share of longballs.

Atlantic League Alumni Team: Essentially, that’s what the Triple-A Nashville Sounds are. Clint Weibl (Ducks ’03, ’04), Kane Davis (Riversharks ’03, ’04), Corey Hart (Bluefish ’05), Mike Rivera (Surf ’05) and Julio Mosquera (Bears ’04) are all on the team’s active roster.

The Sounds, who are affiliated with the Brewers, have five Atlantic League alumni out of their 24 players, plus two Corey Hart’s! Fans of Corey-Mania in the 80’s would have loved this team.

The only other team that comes to mind with a lot of AL Alumni is the Portland Sea Dogs. They have four pitchers with Atlantic League experience, including the two they recently signed. Check out my AL Update for more information, including player statistics. – Mike Ashmore


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