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July 27, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

AL Scoreboard: The Somerset Patriots beat the Long Island Ducks, 7-1, in a game that started at 11:05 in the morning. It was a matchup of former big league pitchers, with ex-Atlanta Brave Scott Sobkowiak going against former Red Sox hurler Paxton Crawford. Sobkowiak got the better of Crawford today, going eight strong innings and only allowing one run. Crawford hasn’t been the pitcher that he was for his first 10 starts or so, and today was no different as Pax only went four and a third innings. He allowed five runs on seven hits, but did strike out seven.

Jeff Nettles hit his 10th home run of the year in the win for Somerset. Emiliano Escandon drove in two runs as well.

Newark beat Camden, 4-3, behind the bat of Keith Maxwell. Maxwell hit three solo home runs for the Bears in the win, with Jose Herrera also adding a solo shot. You could say that Maxwell had a little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ going on, but then you’d be using a reference that I can almost guarantee nobody would get, and that’s not a good thing.

The deactivation of Jake Brooks meant that Newark had nobody with a save on their active roster, so it looks like Manny Bermudez will take over the closer role, as he got five outs for his first save of the year.

Nashua beat Atlantic City, 8-5. Kevin Haverbusch had himself a bit of a game, going 5-5 with a home run and three RBI. Shane Hopper also played well, hitting a home run and driving in two. Jose Mieses was excellent tonight, allowing no runs on three hits over seven innings.

Lancaster beat Bridgeport, 8-7. Do you drive stick? Look down at your pedals. No, not the gas. Not the brake, either. Maybe Ryan Minor can help you out, because the man is simply clutch. Minor’s two run home run in the ninth inning gave Lancaster the edge and Bridgeport again donated a game to their opponent. Bridgeport blew two separate leads in the game, as they led 4-0 after four innings and 6-5 through seven. Thinking you might see a mass exodus of guys out of Bridgeport real soon, team officials are not going to put up with performances like this for much longer.

Yesterday’s Scoreboard: Atlantic City beat Nashua, 8-7, in 12 innings. The loss by Nashua snapped their 10 game winning streak at home. Brian Becker hit his league leading 23rd home run in the win. Why is he still here?

Wild Card Standings Added to Site: In a feature you won’t find anywhere else, we’ve now added Wild Card standings to the site. If Nashua and/or Somerset were to win the second half, the team(s) with the next best record, regardless of the division they’re in, gets the next available playoff spot.

Nashua seems to be running away with the second half already, and Somerset’s nowhere close to out of it. Therefore, who’s in the lead in the Wild Card race is really key information, and we now have it up on the main site. Check it out and see how your team is faring!

Here’s an explanation of the Wild Card system directly from the AL’s official site:

l. If the two Designated Wild Card entrants (teams with next best overall record) are in separate divisions, they shall play the Division Champion in their respective division (regardless of record) in order to ensure each division having a representative in the Championship Series.

2. If the two Designated Wild Cards are from the same division, then and only then would a seeding system come into play, by won loss record with one playing four and two playing three with all ties decided by the tie breakers system described above.

Shier Signed: Nashua Pride SS Pete Shier has been signed by the Baltimore Orioles. Shier, who was in the Orioles organization as recently as 2003, will report to Single-A Delmarva. At the time of the signing, the AL All-Star was hitting .289 with 3 HR and 23 RBI.

Bluefish sign infielder: Rich Elliott of The Connecticut Post reports that the team signed INF Ron Fenwick the other day. Fenwick has experience in the Frontier League, although his career average there isn’t above the Mendoza Line. It is, however, above the Quezada line.

If he plays like he did in the Frontier League, this just might be his final frontier in baseball…

Elliott also reports that INF Angel Espada’s suspension was two games, and that he served the second game of that suspension last night.

10Q Update: My interview with Mel Rosario is finally up. Word is, it’s pretty good. Check it out when you have a minute. – Mike Ashmore

Bringing Back A Bear: Look for the Newark Bears to bring back pitcher Travis Wade this season. Wade, who was 3-4 with a 2.45 ERA in 42 games for the team last season, has not played this year. – Scott Stanchak.


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