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May 10, 2007 May 10, 2007

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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.

David Housel drove in one of the four Road Warriors runs yesterday afternoon (All photos: Ashmore)

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.

Photo Feedback: Post some comments or e-mail me (mashmore AT patriotsbaseball.com) and let me know what you think of the photos I’ve been posting lately. I try to put things on here that you can’t find anywhere else, and photography is how I got started in covering the league. However, it is a lot of work to do…so I just want to make sure people are enjoying them and don’t think they’re actually taking away from the writing on here, which is and always will be the main focus. – Mike Ashmore


1. Paul - May 10, 2007

I enjoy seeing the photos. Out of curiosity, what kind of camera are you using?

2. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - May 10, 2007

A 3 1/2 year old Kodak DX6490.

3. BoosterBabe - May 10, 2007

Anyone else having trouble getting box scores? Newark’s website hasn’t started with them yet. Bridgeport only gives the box score for home games. Atlantic League website takes days to update, as well. Why is it so hard to get box scores?

Sometimes, I swear, these team managers are so focused on getting people in the gate but they forget about the BASEBALL! They might as well be showing a movie… It’s kind of disheartening. There hasn’t been a peep about Jordan Pals injury in the CT Post or on the Bluefish website. Not a peep about who the 5th starter is, either.

Is it me? Am I wrong?

4. jcb811 - May 10, 2007

Which Luis Lopez signed w/ the Revolution? The former Met or former Patriot?

5. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - May 10, 2007

Jim Seip mentioned in his article that it’s the Luis Lopez that played for Camden last season.

6. Sharks52 - May 10, 2007

What happened to the Sharks’ Angel Pena? He got a big announcement on the website but hasn’t played for the team and wasn’t even announced as a team member on opening night. I agree with Boosterbabe. You have a website. How tough can it be to keep it updated? The roster listed is still a conditional one. They could probably get a fan to keep it updated for free except nobody would give him the information he needed to do it. And it’s not just the Riversharks. A lot of the teams really miss the boat on this.

7. Dave - May 10, 2007

The Patriots web site was actually posting the batting and pitching statistics of the York Revolution instead of Somerset.

8. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - May 10, 2007

Pena is on his way. He will meet the team in Newark.

9. BoosterBabe - May 10, 2007

I happen to know at least one person on the Bluefish Front Office staff reads this blog…because he emailed me with a link to where you can get box scores! (thanks, you know who you are)

For anyone else who cares:


10. fishyfan - May 11, 2007

Love your photos.. let me know if you want some from Bluefish games

11. chuckerd58 - May 11, 2007

The pictures are a great thing to have,it gives you an idea of what some of these players look like.I always enjoy the sunday pics from Somerset games.

12. chuckerd58 - May 11, 2007

I agree with all the people who have problems with the league and team websites,in fact,on the home page,with the pictures on top,they still have an A.C.player and no York or Road Warrior pics. Also,one of my pet peeves is the lousy job Newsday does covering the Ducks. They plug how they are Long Islands paper,yet the Ducks are a total after thought.

13. chuckerd58 - May 11, 2007

I would like to make a request to my fellow A.L.fans. Do any of the teams televise their games. If they do,i would gladly send a tape and cover all postage and handling. The Ducks are again not having any games on T.V. My e-mail is chuckerd58@yahoo.com.and we can figure out the details. Thank You.

14. BoosterBabe - May 11, 2007

The teams in Cablevision Markets (LI, Bpt, Newark and Somerset) do not. If Camden, Lanc and York do–it is news to me.
I remember the old days of 1998 and 99 when our Local News 12 sports guys did play by play, it was FUN! In 2000-01, Cablevision Local Sports had their “network” sports guys doing it, and I recall them being not as good as our local guys but better than nothing! At least we got a few games a season, plus the All Star Game if it was played at one of the stadiums in their coverage area. I think it was 2000–it was in either Newark or Somerset, I’m shaky on the details but what i remember is they showed the closing credits and one of my college roommates was the executive producer of the AL All Star Game! I reconnected with her because of that, it was nice.

Nowadays, they no longer carry AL games, probably b/c they weren’t that well watched and they were hard to sell sponsorships for. I miss them being televised.

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