May 10, 2007 May 10, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Revolution Win First Game: The York Revolution were looking to win their first Atlantic League baseball game, but they ended up putting up a football score to do it. Nate Espy drove in a team record and AL season high seven runs in York’s 17-6 pounding of Camden last night.
Surely some sort of award could be named after him, but I haven’t a clue what they’d be called…
Tike Redman went 5-for-5, and newly acquired Luis Lopez went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Wayne Franklin…ummm…scattered 10 hits and allowed six earned runs through five innings to pick up the win.
Caleb Balbuena put up pretty much the exact same line that Garrett Berger did the other night in Newark, allowing seven runs on five hits and four walks over two thirds of an inning.
Pats Squeak Out Win: The Road Warriors were in the game for all nine innings, but couldn’t quite pull it off in the ninth inning, losing to Somerset 5-4 in front of 4,580 fans yesterday afternoon.
Dave Elder didn’t really seem to have his best stuff in his second outing of the season, walking four batters and frequently getting behind in the count. He went five innings and did not factor in the decision.
The game was decided in the bottom of the eighth. With the score tied at three, Michel Hernandez doubled home Jeff Nettles and later scored what would turn out to be a much-needed insurance run later that inning on a throwing error.
Sam Marsonek picked up his second win of the season, while Saul Solveson secured his second save this year.
Bausher Signs With Pride: P Tim Bausher, who attended the Somerset Patriots open tryouts, signed with the Nashua Pride of the Can-Am League. It’s old news, but I didn’t see it until now…
Anyway, Bausher, who lives in Pennsylvania, was believed to be interesting in pitching closer to home. Clearly, that wasn’t the case.
Barnstormers Step On Ducks: Did somebody step on a duck? Lancaster did last night, beating Long Island, 8-5. Quincy Foster and the red-hot Lance Burkhart each picked up three hits, and James Lira picked up the save for the ‘Stormers.
Bridgeport Shows Up, Wins: Bridgeport recovered from last night’s performance with a 7-4 win over the Bears last night. Tommy Rojas was the star, as the former Yankee farmhand went 2-for-4 with three RBI.
Worst. Jersey. Ever. Brad King with Somerset in 2004
King Released: Baseball works in mysterious ways. This off-season, it looked like C Brad King had a legitimate shot to stick with the Minnesota Twins organization. Now, even the Camden Riversharks don’t have room for him.
King was released by Camden without ever having played a game. Ben Davis is the starter, while Randy McGarvey remains the backup. I’m sure there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye, but this is a somewhat puzzling move to me.
King is a very solid, but not spectacular backstop — but really, that describes pretty much every catcher in the league. Really, only Somerset’s Michel Hernandez has established himself as someone knocking on affiliated baseball’s door so far this season.
Anyway, I don’t blame BASA for signing Davis and sticking him with Camden, but if the contention is that players are sent to where there’s a need, I don’t think the Riversharks needs behind the plate were greater than those of Bridgeport or York.
On the other hand, Davis is a West Chester, PA native and may have only wanted to play for Camden. With Jason Guarente writing that Manny Santana will see more time at DH with Clyde Williams leaving, perhaps Santana can be temporarily moved there full-time, and King can be brought into Lancaster as Lance Burkhart’s backup.
Davis is hitting .308 with 0 HR and 2 RBI in four games with Camden. In two games (one as DH and one behind the plate) McGarvey is hitting .200, his only hit being a triple.
Last season, McGarvey hit .234 with 0 HR and 11 RBI in 107 at-bats.
I can’t argue with keeping McGarvey though, King needs to go somewhere he can start and McGarvey serves his role well and is liked by his teammates.
Flinn Scratched From Start: P Chris Flinn was scratched from today’s start and has gone on the DL with a strained elbow. Carlos Castillo will replace him and Jeff Tam has been activated.
Yesterday’s News: A lot of late updates were made yesterday, so make sure you check back so that you didn’t miss anything.
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