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June 16, 2007 June 16, 2007

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Reith To Taiwan: When I saw Somerset Patriots P Brian Reith’s hat in the clubhouse trash can, I figured one of his teammates was pulling a prank on him. Turns out, he doesn’t need his Patriots hat anymore.

Reith has left for Taiwan, and Jeff Urban will take his spot in the rotation.

Reith was 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA, which was the fifth best in the league.

LeClair To Camden, Aqueron To Road Warriors: According to Road Warriors manager Jeff Scott, the team has sent P Aric Leclair to Camden, and has received INF Rene Aqueron.

I had intended to speak with LeClair today, and ended up calling him as he was on his way to Camden. He said he was excited about the opportunity to stick with Camden, and we also spoke for a few minutes about his role as Sparky Lyle in the ESPN series “The Bronx is Burning.”

York Loses Home Opener: The start of the game was delayed by 40 minutes, but York’s first home win will be delayed by at least nine innings.

Chris Steinborn threw his first pitch in a white uniform since the 2005 season, a strike to Newark’s Keith Reed. Steinborn retired 12 consecutive Bears at one point, but ended up picking up the loss after allowing six earned runs over seven and a third innings of work.

This must have been nice for both Steinborn and Revolution coach (and likely the Blue Crabs manager in waiting) Ryan Minor, who spent all of last season as Road Warriors and the first six weeks of this season in a similar situation.

Nate Espy hit the first home run over York’s 38-feet tall Monster Wall, with the ball landing in someone’s front yard outside of the stadium. After you see a particularly big home run, you might joke that you’ll find the ball in your front yard the next morning…but no, seriously — the ball ended up in someone’s yard.

Ramon Castro, the Bears shortstop, may have been injured in the game. The box score shows that he came out of the game after one plate appearance, so who knows what happened there…

Opening ceremonies delayed the game’s start until nearly 8 o’clock.

Ducks 7 @ Riversharks 6: Lance Davis’ 2007 debut looked no different than many of his starts in 2004 and 2005, as the former Red struck out eight in five innings of work, allowing just one run on two hits.

Kevin Haverbusch drove in three runs in the win, and manager Dave LaPoint continued his generous use of the bullpen, as six Ducks pitchers were used in the victory. Ben Grezlovski was the only one without big league time. Sorry, Ben.

Camden’s L.J. Biernbaum continued his streak of filthyness in the loss, hitting another home run and driving in three.

Bluefish 11 @ Lancaster 5: Lancaster’s big thing might be “Code Red,” but it looks like it’s time to start waving the white flag instead.

The Barnstormers fell to seven games under .500 in an 11-5 loss to Bridgeport. Their team ERA this month is a robust 6.03, although a former Yankees farmhand may be on the way to bolster the bullpen.

Junior Spivey hit a grand slam in the win, while Quincy Foster was Lancaster’s most impressive player in the loss — walking four times and hitting a home run in his only official at-bat.

Looks like Bryan Edwards is out of the rotation for the Bluefish, as he actually ended up getting the win in relief of Garrett Berger, who scattered three runs on eight hits in the no-decision.

Road Warriors 0 @ Somerset 4: The Patriots relied on home runs from the heart of the lineup to shut out the Road Warriors, 4-0.

#3 hitter Mike Lockwood, #4 hitter Jeff Nettles and #5 hitter Alan Zinter all went deep off of starter Cody Harkcom, who fell to 0-4 this year.

Meanwhile, Andy Van Hekken gave Somerset a much-needed quality start, allowing only four hits in eight innings, while striking out seven.

Gabe Suarez was the only Road Warrior with multiple hits — he had two.

Atlantic League Longball List: For all fans who wanted “A Little More You” out of these players, they got it last night…here’s a list of guys who went deep last night in Atlantic League play. Had to work in the “Little Big Town” reference there, hopefully country aficionado Travis Anderson will be proud…

SOM – Jeff Nettles (15)
CAM – L.J. Biernbaum (11)
SOM – Mike Lockwood (9)
YORK – Nate Espy (7)
SOM – Alan Zinter (5)
BPT – Jesse Hoorelbeke (4)
BPT – Junior Spivey (3) (GS)
CAM – Craig Paquette (3)
LAN – Quincy Foster (2)
NWK – Joey Gomes (2)
LI – Jose Offerman (1)

Yesterday’s News: Catching up with Chris Rojas and J.J. Trujillo…Two players get picked up…Newark Cuts One…Biernbaum = Good…Hirsh = Answering Your Questions…Lancaster may add pitcher. – Mike Ashmore


1. BoosterBabe - June 17, 2007

BLuefish split a doubleheader tonight in Lancaster, winning 3-1 in the first game and losing 9-5 in the second.

Matt Beech had a no-hitter going until one out in the bottom of the 7th (which was the last inning), when Jutt Hileman wrecked it with a 1 run homer. I wish I could have watched that game. It would have been so exciting–I’ve never witnessed a no hitter and for someone that I’m such a tremendous fan of to get that close…I just wish I could have experienced that. I would have been SO THRILLED for him. Oh well. I didn’t even get to hear it b/c I was at a family function. I did get to see the Sox win, but it pales in comparison to what I could have seen had we been at Lancaster today. SIGH. Still, Beech needed a great outing and he did it, and I’m extremely happy for him. I only wish I could have experienced it as a fan, instead of just hearing about it after the fact.

Second game, I heard from the 3rd inning on….the FIsh battled and scored 5 runs while I was listening but it wasn’t enough and the Stormers ended their losing streak. And I’m happy for them, I just wish it hadn’t come against the Bluefish.

Meanwhile, Camden is losing to LI so I don’t know what that’s going to do to our standings vs. LI.

Porzio goes tomorrow. He’s been much more consistent this season and more importantly, he’s pitched well this season. For the record, I didn’t really have a problem with HIM last season, the problem I had was with LaPoint keeping him in the game when he clearly wasn’t pitching well. šŸ™‚

Amy, I’m SO ENVIOUS of you and what you got to witness today. šŸ™‚

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