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August 5, 2005

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AL Scoreboard: The Surf beat the Barnstormers, 9-4. Gary Johnson and Al Benjamin both had a home run and two RBI in the contest for Atlantic City.

Bridgeport finally won a game, beating Camden, 7-5. Jamie Gann was the star for Bridgeport, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Not that the Bluefish are in great shape with him, but imagine where they’d be without him. Yikes.

Somerset beat Nashua, 12-6. The Patriots jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, sending ten men to the plate. Every Patriots starter reached base, with only newly acquired catcher Fernando Lunar staying hitless, although he was credited with an RBI on a bases loaded walk. Pat Boran had a three run home run and five RBI for the Patriots, who avoided getting swept at the hands of the Pride.

Greg Modica picked up the win for Somerset, while Jeremy Griffiths only lasted two thirds of an inning for Nashua. I guess my theory about him thriving on the east coast was a little off. Nashua did have a bright spot tonight, though, as Brian Becker hit his league leading 26th home run for Nashua in the loss.

The Ducks shut out the Bears, 10-0. Shane Arthurs is really starting to show the form that made him a first round pick of the Expos back in 1997, as he recorded the first complete game shutout of his pro career. Henry Rodriguez drove in two runs and Carlos Hernandez drove in three, all in support of Arthurs, who allowed only three hits.

Ducks sign Leon: The Ducks have signed another name I’m familiar with, INF Donny Leon. Leon was in the Northern League at the time of the signing, but I’m most familiar with his play in the Eastern League. According to my database, I’ve seen 959 players play in affiliated ball. Leon is one of them, and he was quite impressive when I saw him in 1999 as a Norwich Navigator. In two games, he went 5-for-7 with two doubles, which is somewhat indicative of his career numbers. Leon is nearly a career .300 hitter, but brings only limited power to the flock. He’s advanced as high as Triple-A for at least four different organizations, but never got up to “The Show.”

Lennon Out: In a somewhat surprising move, one that I pulled off the AP wire of all places, the Ducks released OF Patrick Lennon to make room for Leon. Lennon was hitting .291 with 6 HR and 37 RBI at the time of his release. I’d have to think there’s more than meets the eye going on here, Lennon was a big part of that Ducks offense.

I’d like to think that if he still wants to play, you’ll see Lennon in a uniform real soon. I can’t think of a team in this league that wouldn’t love to have his bat in the lineup.

Lennon’s name is, in fact, off the Ducks website. They remain at 24 players, and are still rumored to be bringing in at least one pitcher.

Dooley Retires: Former Lancaster Barnstormers P Joe Dooley has announced his retirement from baseball today.

Maduro resurfaces: Former Newark Bear Calvin Maduro has resurfaced in affiliated ball, as he’s now in the Yankees organization. The 30 year-old has pitched for the Single-A Tampa Yankees and the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, but has now been assigned to Double-A Trenton. Hopefully, he sticks around long enough for me to get an interview with him.

Speaking of The Show: Updates will be sparce on Saturday, as I’m again getting the call to head up to “The Show” and cover my second big league game in Philadelphia. Stay tuned to WDVR-FM’s “The Cheap Seats with Scott Stanchak” every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 7 PM for my reports on the Phillies Triple-A and big league squads. – Mike Ashmore

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