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August 4, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Leaving The Cave: The Newark Bears released Koby Perez, Jose Perez and Melvin Pizzaro yesterday. They also placed Manny Bermudez on the disabled list. Look for the team to bring in a new catcher, possibly Chris Eickhorst, and pitcher soon. – Scott Stanchak.

Follow-Up: The Bears have brought back P Willie Banks, who was with the team last year. Also, they signed P Nick Maness, who was with Camden in 2003. To make room, they released P Giancarlo Alvarado and INF Teuris Olivares.

Not sure if Olivares was hurt or requested his release or what, but he was hitting .302 with 4 HR and 18 RBI in 30 games at the time of his release.

Koby Perez had appeared in just two games, going 0-for-2.

Banks brings a lot of big league time to the league, having played in 181 games for the Twins, Cubs, Dodgers, Marlins, Yankees, Diamondbacks and Red Sox over a nine year big league career.

He was also drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft with the third overall pick.

I never got to talk to Willie last season, so I’m really excited about this signing. I guess it gives me a reason to stick around for a bit…

Also, the team activated Francisco Santos and Jake Brooks, which led to the releases Scott mentioned above.

I’m hearing that another player may be on his way out shortly, so stay tuned.

AL Scoreboard: The Bears beat the Ducks, 8-7, in a Wednesday matinee. Francisco Santos, Jack Santora, Jose Herrera and Jose Olmeda all homered in the win. A total of six home runs were hit in the game, with Pete Rose, Jr. and Armando Rios also going deep.

The Pride beat the Patriots, 9-5. The Patriots had a 3-0 lead at one point on an RBI double by Kevin Nicholson and a two run shot by Pat Boran. But, it was not to be. Joe Kilburg’s 8th home run of the year, a three run shot, led the way in Nashua’s offensive outburst. The Patriots bullpen was off tonight, with Nick Bierbrodt, Brad Clontz and Dave Elder all turning in shaky performances. Sparky Lyle was ejected in the loss.

Atlantic City beat Lancaster, 9-4, snapping the Barnstormers’ seven game winning streak. Anthony Chavez might be the best pitcher in the league from the beginning of the second half on, and tonight was no exception. The former Angel went seven and two thirds innings, striking out six to improve his record to 8-3. Al Benjamin continued his consistent play, hitting his 13th home run of the year.

Camden beat Bridgeport, 7-3. Seems like I don’t even need to look at a Bluefish box score to see that they lost, I just need the score. Bridgeport has been absolutely atrocious for roughly the past month and this tailspin seems sure to keep them out of the playoffs. Troy Cameron went 2-for-3 with 3 runs scored for Camden. Wayne Gomes picked up his 16th save of the year in relief of Brett Laxton, who improved to 8-2 after allowing three runs on seven hits through 7.1 innings.

Likely ALCS Matchup: If it isn’t Nashua and Camden, I’ll be real surprised. Things can change and acquisitions can (and will) be made, but if I had to pick the final two teams right now, that’s who it would be. – Mike Ashmore


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