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June 14, 2007 June 14, 2007

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Headlines: Housel No Longer Streaking…Deitrick Un-Retires…Ducks Add Three…Game Recaps…Longball List…Currier News…Most Improved Player…Patriots Welcome Three Millionth Fan…Photos O’ The Day

“House” had his hitting streak come to an end on Tuesday

Housel No Longer Streaking: He got a hit in the first game of the Road Warriors doubleheader against the Bears, but couldn’t connect in three at-bats during the second game.

With that, David Housel’s 13-game hitting streak came to an end on Tuesday. It was the second longest this season, with teammate Vito Chiaravolloti’s 16-game streak still leading the pack.

Camden’s L.J. Biernbaum tied Housel last night, putting together his own a string of 13 straight contests with a hit. Biernbaum now owns the longest active streak.

Chiaravolloti and Biernbaum were tied for the longest streak of games reaching base until last night, with both having held 22-game marks. Interestingly enough, both had reached base in every road game they played — of course, all Chiaravolloti plays are road games — until Chiaravolloti’s streak ended with an 0-for-4 performance in Newark.

Biernbaum extended his road streak to 19 games last night, and broke his tie with Chiaravolloti in the process, reaching base in his 23rd straight game.

Deitrick Un-Retires: The Lancaster New Era’s Jason Guarente is reporting that Barnstormers C Jeremy Deitrick has un-retired and come back to the team.

You may remember that Lancaster had four backstops at one point. One week, a trade, an injury and a retirement later and they were down to one.

Deitrick will back up Russ Cleveland until Lance Burkhart returns from injury.

Manny Santana, who Lancaster traded away, has started a grand total of zero games for Somerset since the deal.

Lance Davis in 2005

Ducks Add Three: The Long Island Ducks have signed P Lance Davis, recalled OF Estee Harris from the Road Warriors and acquired OF Norm Hutchins from the Road Warriors.

Davis went 19-14 in two seasons for the Ducks, and returns to the club for the first time since 2005 he bounced around the Tigers organization last season. Davis is, of course, a former Major Leaguer — he spent one fairly successful season with Cincinnati in 2001.

Harris’ rights were owned by the Ducks, so that one I understand. Hutchins had his contract “purchased” however, and that one I don’t necessarily understand.

Harris hit .259 in his first 23 games on the road. Hutchins will be making his first appearance in a Ducks uniform since 2003, and he was hitting .278 in 31 games at the time of his signing.

Norm has played for six different Atlantic League teams, and has now worn a Road Warriors and Ducks uniform twice.

And for anyone wondering about my entry in the “Hey, when do you think they’re going to bring back Bill Pulsipher” office pool, I’ll take July 13th.

Ducks 7 @ Bluefish 5: Long Island starter John Riedling scattered 12 hits over five innings of work to improve to 4-1 on the season as the Ducks beat the Bluefish, 7-5.

Estee Harris went 0-for-3 in his Ducks debut at DH, while Norm Hutchins was 1-for-5 with two RBI in his first game in a Long Island uniform since August 19, 2003.

Ed Yarnall also debuted for the Ducks, throwing a perfect eighth inning.

Everyone but Nick Ortiz got a hit in the Bluefish lineup. Despite the loss, the Bluefish lead the league with a team batting average of .300. Not a typo. The team is seriously hitting .300

Camden 7 @ Lancaster 6: Hi, this is L.J. Biernbaum. I’ve homered in EACH of my last five games and have at least 2 RBI in each of them. Affiliated teams, leave a message at the beep, and once I get done digging through all your messages, I’ll be happy to get back to you.

The Camden slugger did it again last night in Lancaster, hitting his 10th longball of the season to lead Camden to a 7-6 squeaker over the freefalling Barnstormers. Angel Pena added three more RBI in the win, and Chris Fussell (also known as the league’s best closer) struck out the side for his 16th save.

A four-run ninth inning by Camden wasted another quality outing by Lancaster’s Josh Stevens, who has to be a prime candidate to get the start in this year’s All-Star Game.

Not much went wrong for the Riversharks. Randy McGarvey, who has pretty much proved me wrong at this point of the season — I once wrote he was best suited as a backup, went 2-for-4 to up his average to .302. Most teams don’t have one catcher that’s batting over .300, but McGarvey’s two base knocks make the Riversharks the only team with two.

Road Warriors 4 @ Newark 5: Road Warriors reliever Darwin Soto failed to get an out in the bottom of the ninth in Newark last night, giving up consecutive singles to Javier Colina, Jose Herrera, Victor Rodriguez and Corey Smith in a dramatic, come-from-behind win for the Bears.

Casey Cahill pitched two scoreless, hitless innings of relief in his Road Warriors debut. You’ll see him at least once during the team’s three game series in Somerset that starts Friday.

York 5 @ Somerset 3: It might be time to put Revolution INF Ramon Nivar on your Atlantic League fantasy team. The former big leaguer went 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, two RBI and three stolen bases on four attempts. He also became engaged in an “irresistable force meets immovable object” contest with Somerset 2B Danny Garcia in an odd play during the sixth inning.

On an attempted steal of second, the throw by Travis Anderson appeared to hit Nivar and got away from Garcia, but stayed in the infield. Nivar thought the ball got further away than it did and started to advance towards third, but realized the ball was closer than he thought and started to retreat. Garcia attempted to get to the ball, but Nivar was in his way and both players started bumping into each other — with Nivar trying to get back to the base and Garcia trying to get to the ball.

The umpire ruled interference on Garcia and awarded Nivar third. This got Sparky Lyle out of the dugout for a brief argument, but it was to no avail.

Anyway, Alan Zinter tied the game at three with a bottom of the ninth, two-out bomb that ended up on the train tracks according to Ryan Dunleavy’s game story. But the Patriots bullpen did what the Patriots bullpen has seemed to be doing recently, and allowed York to score two runs in the tenth en route to a 5-3 win.

Last Night’s Longball List: The following Atlantic Leaguers went yard last night…

CAM – L.J. Biernbaum (10)
CAM – Angel Pena (6)
SOM – Alan Zinter (4)
LAN – Jutt Hileman (4)
LAN – Mike Woods (2)
LAN – Quincy Foster (1)
RW – Jorge Mejia (1)

Currier News: A few days back, I gave you the short list of former Atlantic Leaguers who now play in the independent Golden Baseball League. Since then, Rik Currier has popped up in the box scores…

Currier (2006 Riversharks) now pitches for the Long Beach Armada of Los Angeles of California of the United States of North America Including Barrow, Alaska.

No, seriously. That’s the entire team name. Not at all gimmicky or anything.

Most Improved Player: My note about the improved play of Camden catcher Randy McGarvey made me think about spotlighting other players who have stepped up their game since last season.

Lance Burkhart – The original Barnstormer was a disappointment last season, hitting just .222 in 98 games. It’s really hard to call anyone on that team a disappointment, especially considering he did hit 16 home runs and drive in 57 runs last year.

But the recently injured catcher has upped his average by 73 points and is on pace to post similar home run and RBI totals.

Travis Wade – Wade went 2-7 with a 5.08 ERA in 64 games for the Newark Bears last season, and was somewhat of an afterthought in the deal that sent Erick Almonte’s rights to Newark. But Wade has turned things around, going 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his first 16 games with Long Island.

His 1.04 WHIP leads the team, and he’s allowed just four earned runs in 18.1 innings of work.

Sandy Aracena – Aracena hit .239 on last year’s Road Warriors squad, but has upped his average to .313 this season, an increase of 74 points.

He walked just 26 times all of last season, but already has ten this year as well.

David Housel – Errors aside, Housel has stepped up his offensive game in a big way this season, improving on a rough 2006 season that saw him hit just .205 while splitting time between the Surf and Road Warriors.

This season with the Road Warriors, Housel already has put together a 13-game hitting streak, and has a batting average of .267. His three home runs this season already top his lone longball from last year as well.

Chris Eickhorst – It’s hard not to improve on a season in which you go 1-15, but Eickhorst has come out of the gate strong this year, allowing just two earned runs in his first six outings with the team.

After posting a 5.44 ERA last year, Eick’s 2.57 mark this year is nearly three runs better than his 2006 total.

Elliott Ayala – Nobody expected this out of Elliott Ayala, especially after he hit just .233 and drove in only one run in 12 games at the end of the season with Somerset in 2006.

But Ayala has become an everyday player for the Patriots this season and has certainly earned it, hitting .300 with 13 RBI in his first 34 games. He’s also impressed team officials with his versatility.

Think I left someone out? Leave your thoughts in the comments section…

Patriots Welcome Three Millionth Fan: The Somerset Patriots welcomed their three millionth fan tonight. The family received season tickets, various team memorabilia and thirty 100 Grand candy bars.

Photos O’ The Day:

Road Warriors first baseman Vito Chiaravolloti earlier this season

Danny Bautista, York outfielder

– Mike Ashmore


1. Jeff - June 14, 2007

L.J. Biernbaum was hurt almost all of last year and only played in a handful of games. Your comments in your post reflect the most improved player of the year so far – L.J. Biernbaum. Who would have thought he would possibly get another shot in affiliated ball?

2. jcb811 - June 14, 2007


Re: “The Yankees and Diamondbacks are playing their first games against each other since current York outfielder Danny Bautista’s Arizona squad beat New York in the 2001 World Series.”

This is incorrect. The D-Backs played the Yanks in 2002 (maybe 2003?) @ Yankee Stadium. Who can forget Marcus Thames taking Randy Johnson deep in his 1st MLB AB (Possibly the first pitch he saw).
I am almost positive the Yanks have visited Chase Field (?).

Jeff (a/k/a Sumosid)

3. jcb811 - June 14, 2007

» June 10, 2002: The Yankees best the Diamondbacks, 7–5. On the first pitch he sees in the majors, NY rookie OF Marcus Thames hits a home run off fireballing lefthander Randy Johnson.


4. chuckerd58 - June 15, 2007

Thanks for the game recaps,they are better than some of the teams website game recaps. Also,like the longball list.

5. liducks - June 15, 2007

what evevr happend to ruben sierra sign with newark, and that was the big name player that you were talking about a few days ago.

6. BoosterBabe - June 15, 2007

Awesome game in Bpt tonight.
Espada stole 4 bases in 3 at bats!
Our bats were on fire and Sturge had a good outing:
4 hits, 4 strikeouts, only walked 2, he threw 98 pitches with 61 strikes. (I’m SO GLAD they brought that stat back to the box score on the Bluefish website!) Short game, too.
Seems like the games are running shorter this season.

I normally don’t go to games on weeknights but with them gone this weekend…I needed my Bluefish fix and couldn’t bear the thought of going 11 days without watching them play! A week will be hard enough!!!!

7. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - June 15, 2007

I’m not sure what I should and shouldn’t say regarding the player you mentioned.

Clearly everybody knows what’s going on by now — but I’ve kind of learned from the Juan Gonzalez rumors of last season to stop teasing something and teasing it and teasing it until it actually happens.

I also learned to not keep chasing the story. You hear one thing, and then you end up looking bad when something entirely different happens.

Can’t say much more than that.

8. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - June 15, 2007

As for Biernbaum, as you mentioned, he only played a few games last year — and he played well in the games he was in.

So it’s hard for me to call him improved.

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