June 20, 2007 June 20, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Biernbaum Watch: 19.
After his 1-for-2 game last night, Camden’s L.J. Biernbaum has now hit in 19 straight games. He is now nine games away from tying Newark’s Joe Jiannetti for the longest hitting streak in Atlantic League history.
Rangers Owner Accuses Gonzalez Of Steroid Use: In a television interview, Texas Rangers onwer Tom Hicks had the following to say about Juan Gonzalez, who played for the Long Island Ducks last season.
“Juan Gonzalez, for $24 million, after he came off steroids probably… we just gave that money away,” Hicks said, when asked about his biggest regrets as owner.
One player who faced Gonzalez last year said he looked “smaller,” but did not elaborate on that statement.
All-Star Voting Begins: Balloting for the Atlantic League All-Star Game has begun on the league’s official website, atlanticleague.com
They actually have write-in votes this year, which I suppose I’ll actually have to give them credit for. The only thing I noticed was that Joe Jiannetti was listed as an outfielder and a DH.
I’ll have my All-Star teams up today or tomorrow, and make sure you look for Jason Guarente’s selections as well at his site.
Thorp, 2007 (Photo: Ashmore)
Thorp Signs With Patriots: I mentioned about a week ago that former Yankees farmhand P Paul Thorp could be headed to the Atlantic League. And for a while, it seemed like he’d be headed to Lancaster.
But instead, the Patriots have inked the reliever to help bolster their struggling bullpen, and he’ll be in uniform on Thursday, according to Ryan Dunleavy of The Courier News.
I’ll stick by what I said earlier in that Thorp will not be the be the best athlete on your team, but the man can pitch. At the time of his release, which was due to conditioning issues according to one of his teammates, Thorp was 0-1 with a 2.40 ERA at Double-A Trenton.
His walk totals are a little high, but his other numbers are pretty good.
Keoni De Renne facing Phil Hughes, 2006 (Photo: Ashmore)
Bautista Leaves, De Renne Signed: The York Dispatch is reporting that OF Danny Bautista has been placed on the inactive list. INF Keoni De Renne was signed to take his spot.
The former Major Leaguer was hitting .329 with 10 RBI when he decided to leave the team.
De Renne is a former Red Sox prospect who played with Double-A Portland last season. In camp with the Indians this year, he was released and according to the Dispatch, he spent the last two months working out in hopes of getting another opportunity.
“I really had to do a little soul searching and figure out if it was worth coming all the way out here to play,” De Renne told the paper.
“I’m thankful to put on a uniform and be around some great guys.”
Road Warriors 0 @ Bears 7: Bobby Brownlie shut down the Road Warriors last night, striking out ten batters en route to a 7-0 win.
Brownlie went six strong, and was helped by a Javier Colina home run and a bases-clearing double by Keith Reed.
Casey Cahill had his first rough outing as Road Warrior, allowing five runs on five hits in an ining and a third of work to close out the game.
Patriots 5 @ Ducks 4: Buoyed by a second straight strong start from Keith Ramsey, the Patriots sneaked past the Ducks, 5-4.
Ramsey improved to 2-1, allowing two earned runs on six hits in seven innings of work.
Jeff Nettles and Mike Lockwood both homered in the win, with Nettles’ bomb serving as his 101st in a Patriots uniform.
Pete Rose, Jr. had all three Ducks RBI in the loss.
Bluefish 6 @ Riversharks 8: Dwight Maness’ three-run homer and Craig Paquette’s solo shot led a four run second inning that led the Riversharks past the Bluefish by a score of 8-6.
Junior Spivey was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI in the loss.
Chris Fussell picked up his league leading 17th save.
York @ Lancaster, PPD: The Barnstormers home game against the Revolution was postponed due to rain and lightning. The game will be made up as part of a 5:05 doubleheader today.
Atlantic League Longball List: Apparently, all these guys were listening to Trace Adkins’ “Swing” before the game, because they all made the list of players who went deep last night.
SOM – Jeff Nettles (17)
SOM – Mike Lockwood (12)
NWK – Javier Colina (9)
CAM – Dwight Maness (7)
BPT – Jay Caligiuri (5)
BPT – Junior Spivey (4)
CAM – Craig Paquette (3)
The Anti-Longball List: Long Island’s Damian Rolls leads the league in most at-bats without a home run, with 140 at-bats and zero home runs. Revolution outfielder Peter Bergeron is a close second with 134, Road Warriors infielder Gabe Suarez is third with 121, Newark’s John Pachot is fourth with 115 and York’s Kaz Tanaka rounds out the top five with an even 100.
Rolls hit five home runs with Bridgeport last season, but Bergeron is still looking for his first Atlantic League home run, having gone homerless in 41 at-bats during his brief 2005 stay with Nashua.
Correction: Jeff Tam did not pitch against the Patriots while with the Road Warriors. I got the information from the incorrect boxscores on Howe, and apologize for the error. – Mike Ashmore