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July 24, 2005

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AL Scoreboard: The Surf beat the Ducks in a rare 1-0 game. The lone run was scored by Jim Essian on a sac fly by Dario Delgado. Dave Shepard, who is being referred to as Michael Shepard on the Ducks site, threw a complete game two hitter with six strikeouts for the hard luck loss. Anthony Chavez got the win for AC, with Ben Grezlovski getting the save, his 18th of the season.

It should come as no surprise that Shepard came out of the gate with his best stuff, he was one of the elite pitchers in the league when he was here with Newark a few years ago.

Somerset beat Newark in 16 innings, 5-3. The game was one inning short of the Atlantic League record for longest game, which was a 17 inning game played between the same two teams in 2000. A bloop single by George Sandel scored the winning run. Billy Hall stole five bases, answering any questions as to whether or not he was 100 percent.

Sparky Lyle only made it through 13 and a half of the 16 innings played, as he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

The game lasted 5 hours and 11 minutes.

Camden beat Lancaster, 7-3. Jeremy Todd hit his 12th home run of the season in the loss for the Barnstormers.

Nashua beat Bridgeport, 13-2. I wonder if anyone’s informed the Pride that they’re in the playoffs, because they sure are playing like they have something to prove. Both Luis Rodriguez and Shane Hopper had 4 RBI. The loss sends Bridgeport further into their spiral, dropping their record to 1-8.

Bluefish News: Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post reports that INF Brett Burnham has reneged on the deal set up between him and the team, and that he won’t be Bridgeport bound after all.

Barnstormers News: Burt Wilson of The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal reports that P Pedro Diaz, once feared to be lost for the season, might be returning as early as next week.

Also, the paper reports that P Ernesto Sadiek will be able to pitch in a few days after the situation involving his working papers is cleared up.

Pride News: Tom King of The Nashua Telegraph reports that the team may trade the rights to Dante Bichette if they can’t find a spot for him in the lineup. There’s a team in the South Division that I know he’d like to play for if that situation came to fruition, I’m just not sure that the acquisition would work for that team.

Also, keep in mind that Nashua wasn’t the first team Bichette talked to when he first considered coming to the league in 2003…Newark was. Oh, what a boost he’d give that team, although I think he’d make the biggest impact on Bridgeport right about now.

Fitting him in money-wise, as Pride GM Todd Marlin told the paper, shouldn’t be an issue, as Bichette was paid far, far less than you’d imagine last season.

I think the most likely scenario is that Brian Becker gets picked up and Bichette takes his spot. – Mike Ashmore

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