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September 24, 2007 – Game Four September 24, 2007

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Cahill gets Mateo to ground into a 1-2-3 DP in the 8th with the bases loaded

Live Updates: I’ll have some form of live updates tonight, probably every half inning or after scoring play or whatever. Just keep hitting refresh, you’ll figure it out…

SOM Lincoln Mikkelsen (2-1, 4.24) vs. NWK Jose Garcia (5-0, 5.27)

Patriots 7 – Bears 13, Bottom 8th

TOP 1ST

Ayala H
Lockwood BB
Olivares H (bunt)
Larson H (Ayala, Lockwood score)
Morban 4-3
Pressley H RBI (Larson scores)
Zinter 4-3

BOTTOM 1ST

Castro H (bloop to right)
Herrera HR (two run high arcing HR to left)
Reed F-9
Colina BB
Rodriguez 5-4-3

TOP 2ND

Romano F-7
Anderson BB
Ayala 4-6 FC
Lockwood BB
Olivares 5-4

BOTTOM 2ND

Smith F-8
Mateo 6-3
Gomes 3UA

TOP 3RD

Larson 6-3
Morban K
Pressley BB
Zinter H (left field)
Romano F-8

BOTTOM 3RD

Pachot 4-3
Castro 6-3
Herrera HR (left field. again. line drive.)
Reed 6-3

TOP 4TH

Anderson K (looking)
Ayala 4-3
Lockwood F-7

BOTTOM 4TH

Colina 5-3 (throws pulls Zinter off the bag — he rather strongly disagrees)
Rodriguez 6-4 FC
Smith K
Mateo F-8

TOP 5TH

Olivares 6-3
Larson F-8
Morban K

BOTTOM 5TH

Gomes 1-3
Pachot 6-3
Castro 2B (right field)
Herrera 3-1

TOP 6TH

Pressley H (right)
Zinter BB
Romano 6-4-3
Anderson BB

111 PITCHES FOR GARCIA…TRUJILLO IN

Ayala 2B (two run liner down the left field line)
Lockwood IBB
Olivares 2B (two run double over Reed’s head)
Larson P-4

BOTTOM 6TH

Reed F-9
Colina 6-3
Rodriguez 6-3

TOP 7TH

Morban K
Pressley 3UA
Zinter K

BOTTOM 7TH

LEATHERS IN AT FIRST, ZINTER OUT

Smith H
Mateo 3B (RBI, over Lockwood’s head)
Gomes H (through the middle, RBI)
Pachot 5-4-3 DP
Castro 4-3

TOP 8TH

Romano E-6
Anderson SAC BUNT (Romano to 2nd)
Ayala 4-3

TRUJILLO OUT…BABULA IN

ATTENDANCE: 3,152

Lockwood BB
Olivares K (check swing, looking…T.O. spikes bat into ground, throws helmet, points at ump…big shock, isn’t tossed)

BOTTOM 8TH

Herrera BB (full count)
Reed H (to right)
Colina HBP

MIKKELSEN OUT…SOLVESON IN

Rodriguez H (to center, RBI)

SOLVESON OUT…CAHILL IN

Smith H (to left, RBI)
Mateo 1-2-3 DP
Gomes 2B (two runs score, over Lockwood’s head)
Pachot E-5 (Larson boots it, run scores)
Castro H (left)

CAHILL OUT…SPIEHS IN…THORP NOWHERE TO BE FOUND

Herrera HR (to right this time…three runs)
Reed P-4

GOTTA GO DOWN TO THE FIELD…GAME IS OBVIOUSLY OVER

TOP 9TH

Larson
Morban
Pressley

Lineups:

PATRIOTS

Ayala, RF
Lockwood, CF
Olivares, 2B
Larson, 3B
Morban, SS
Pressley, DH
Zinter, 1B
Romano, LF
Anderson, C
Mikkelsen, P

BEARS

Castro, SS
Herrera, RF
Reed, CF
Colina, 2B
Rodriguez, 1B
Smith, 3B
Mateo, LF
Gomes, DH
Pachot, C
Garcia, P

Pregame Notes: I’m doing this from the Yankee Stadium press box, which is nice. I’m also doing this on about zero hours sleep, which isn’t.

In any event, the Patriots haven’t lost a playoff elimination game since 2000, a mark that includes Game Two and Game Three against Camden this year. In fact, Somerset has won their last eight games when on the brink of elimination.

But does that really matter?

“Not at all,” said Bears outfielder Keith Reed after the game last night.

“It doesn’t mean anything to us. This isn’t the team that’s been here for the past years, this is a new team. We’ve got to make our own history.”

According to Patriots PR man Marc Russinoff, the team is 8-2 in elimination games, and has won their last eight.

Somerset won three straight in 2001 versus Newark
Somerset won two in 2003 against Nashua
Somerset won one in 2005 versus AC
Somerset won two in 2007 versus Camden

As of right now, the pitching matchup will be Lincoln Mikkelsen for Somerset against Jose Garcia for the Bears. That could change by the time I get to the ballpark, which I’d assume will be around 4:30 to 5.

Pregame Quotes: Sparky Lyle did what had to be his longest pre-game media session of the season, taking questions for around a half an hour.

The hot topic? Would Brian Adams go on two days rest in Game Five, just like Robert Dodd did in 2001…

SPARKY LYLE

“Adams is that good, but is he going to be that good on two days rest,” Lyle wondered, having initially said there was no chance of the scenario playing out, but later softening his stance.

“If he came in here and adamantly said I want the ball tonight, I wouldn’t refuse him. That’s telling me that he feels OK to throw his game. If you’re not feeling OK to throw your game, there isn’t any sense in going out there. That was the difference between (him and) Dodd. We watched Dodd warm up, and he had good stuff that night. But to put him in that position without that being known, I wouldn’t do that.”

Ridiculous question of the day in five…four…three…two…one…any chance of Ramsey and Adams both warming up before the game in preparation for the Game Five start?

“I don’t think that will happen. If (Adams starting) were to happen, he would probably pitch two or three innings, like he would have in relief, except he’s starting. Then Ramsey would take over.”

On Somerset being undefeated in their last eight elimination games…

“I think that’s just the mental attitude of this team, all of them that I’ve managed. There haven’t been any teams that have been ready to give up at all. When I walked out last night, I said we’ve got to win two games, and they were all ‘yeah, yeah.’ But I don’t have to say anything like that to these guys. They want to win, especially with us having our backs against the wall all year with the guys we lost. Every time we got going, something would happen. It’s just been up and down all year. I’m proud of them for even being in this game, believe me. They won’t give up.”

On the famous speech by Michael Warner in “Bottom of the Ninth” and if anyone on the current team would do something similar or if it’s needed…

“I don’t think this is that kind of team, I really don’t. I just think that everybody in there, they know what they have to do tonight once the national anthem is played, and we either get it done or we don’t. I don’t think that needs to be said here, I think these guys police themselves. If somebody’s screwing around out there, they certainly let them know. They’ve had a couple team meetings this year when we were really going bad, but I don’t think anything came out of it. I don’t think there is a leader, there’s no specific guy. There’s three or four or five, maybe. But I don’t think there’s anybody who can get up and say (stuff) to guys.”

KEVIN DATTOLA

On this bringing back memories of the 2001 series between the two teams — Dattola, now the Pats hitting coach, was a key player on that Somerset team.

“Oh yeah, you can’t forget it. It’s just another situation that we’re in, and it comes to the point where you know what you have to do. There’s no tomorrow unless you win.”

Series Recap: Here’s what happened in the series so far…

Game One – Bears 7, Patriots 6

Ask the Patriots, and infielder Jose Morban was safe. Ask the Bears, and he was out.

Newark third baseman Corey Smith’s diving stop and throw to first to end the game with the tying run rounding third was the hot topic in both clubhouses after the game.

With Teuris Olivares on second and running on contact, Morban laced a hard hit grounder to the left side of the infield. Smith dove to his left, gloved the ball and threw to first from his knees, apparently just nipping Morban at first.

“I really just wanted to knock it down,” Smith said.

“But when I got to it, I tried to get rid of it as quick as I could, and I beat him by about a half a step.”

So, was he really out?

“Yeah, I thought he was out,” Smith said. “The umpire called him out, so he was out.”

But none of that would have mattered if the Patriots had held on to a 6-3 lead they’d staked themselves out to after a five-run fourth inning.

All nine Patriots hitters got an at-bat in the inning, with leadoff hitter Brandon Larson setting the tone with a first pitch home run off of Bears starter Mark Woodyard, who lasted seven more batters and was on the hook for all six runs the Patriots scored.

But the Bears tied the game off of much-maligned Patriots reliever Sam Marsonek in the fifth on a wild pitch and RBI singles from Javier Colina and Ruben Mateo.

It took until the eighth inning for the fatal blow to be delivered, again in the form of an RBI single, this time by Ramon Castro.

“We didn’t lead the league in hitting for no reason,” said Newark manager Wayne Krenchicki.

“We’re going to hit, and we’re going to put some runs up on the board. You don’t like to get behind 6-3, that’s for sure. But we’ve got some guys that keep fighting and keep fighting. We’ve got good hitters on this ballclub, and there’s not a lot of holes in there where you can pitch to their weaknesses. It was a good overall comeback, especially coming right back after we gave up the five.”

Game Two – Bears 1, Patriots 8

At 15-2 on the season and 11-0 at home, there was no other choice for Patriots manager Sparky Lyle, he simply had to use his ace on three days rest.

“He actually came and said he wanted the ball,” Lyle said.

“I guess Brett talked to him, and he said he wanted the ball and was ready to go. We said fine. I think there’s more of a need to pitch him today because we lost, especially how we lost.”

And Adams delivered, leading the Patriots to an 8-1 in front over 5,000 fans in the last game of the season at Commerce Bank Ballpark.

“I might not have felt as strong, but I felt good about my control,” said Adams, who held the Bears to just one run on five hits in seven innings of work.

“I love pitching in this ballpark in front of these fans. I wanted to pitch this game because I felt it was a huge game for the series.”

Former Cincinnati Red Brandon Larson hit the game winning home run for Somerset in the sixth, and first baseman Josh Pressley added an exclamation point one inning later, hitting a laser over the right field fence to score three.

“I was looking dead red fastball,” said Larson of his home run.

“He was starting me out with fastballs and he was challenging me. These guys have been challenging me a little bit, and that’s kind of caught me off guard, because I’m used to going up there and seeing breaking balls on the first pitch and stuff. I thought he was going to try to get ahead right there, and I guessed right and was able to hit his pitch and put a good swing on it.”

Game Three – Patriots 4, Bears 5

With the teams having split the first two games in Somerset, the series shifted to Newark, where Brandon Knight gave the Patriots seven strong innings on three days rest.

After exchanging runs in the early going, Mike Lockwood put Somerset ahead in the sixth with a two-out, two-run home run to deep right field.

But Bears catcher John Pachot answered back in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game at four with an RBI single to center that plated former big leaguer Ruben Mateo.

One day after appearing in a meaningless role — R.D. Spiehs faced four batters to close out the blowout win in Game Two — the Patriots closer got into immediate trouble in the bottom of the ninth in Game Three, walking Bears shortstop Ramon Castro to lead off the inning. Outfielder Jose Herrera then doubled off the tarp down the left field line, advancing Castro to third.

Outfielder Keith Reed then hit long fly ball well over the head of Somerset center fielder Mike Lockwood, plating the winning run and setting off a celebration full of Bears jumping up and down around home plate.

“It’s a great feeling, it just feels good,” said Reed after the game, unable to remove the smile from his face.

“If I went 0-for-4 or I went 0-for-the entire series, but we still won the series, I’d be the happiest person. Anything that I can do that helps the team win, it’s an added bonus.”

Not one to hide after a loss or blown save, Spiehs calmly addressed the media after the game.

“The leadoff walk really set the tone for the way things went,” he said.

Bridgeport News: I’ll have some Bridgeport-related news tomorrow. I’m sure you can figure out what one of the items is…but I kind of want the focus to be on the championship series right now, and will wait until that’s over to officially address anything else on here.

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1. hwcwx1 - September 24, 2007

This is a call to EVERY NEWARK BEARS FAN either by train, car, subway or the NJ Transit light rain (which by the way has not ran over any of our fans walking into gate C ) or even by Newark Police Helicopter which loves to pass by over head at least 6 times a game PLEASE come out to Riverfront tonight and support our team and be loud and cheer for our hero’s, If you can’t make it out to the Park listen in on 89.5 FM WSOU with the radio voice of the Bears Jim Cerney which is THE BEST radio voice in the Atlantic Leauge hands down. Like I stated last night the core Bears fans take nothing for granted we been this close before and anything can happen so the team needs our support TONIGHT, Gates open at 6:05 PM, first pitch at 7:05 PM, come out and support our team and to the Ownership, Players, Fans, Coaches, Trainer, The bus driver, The good Doctor and the entire front office staff which works there asses off THANK YOU for us an outstanding season no matter what happens we are all winners this year ! See everyone tonight !!

2. Scott Stanchak - September 24, 2007

For all those Star Ledger comments regarding Bears coverage: I’ve always been told — since I once inquired about writing for them a weekly A.L. wrap-up — that they won’t just cover the Bears on a daily basis because they’re New Jersey’s paper. So then you have Camden, Somerset, etc. They don’t want it to seem bias, despite it being the Newark Star Ledger.

3. hwcwx1 - September 24, 2007

That is zero excuse for the Star Ledger, That paper besides in today’s coverage takes a shot a the Newark Bears and Riverfront Stadium at every chance they get, I could say a lot more but I will stop there I told last night Mike A I would keep it clean here on this GREAT SITE !, On a side note it would be nice to see News 12 show up tonight since they are huge supporters of Somerset. I see by the signage at Commerce they spend some money in Somerset county.

4. Z - September 24, 2007

As for the Star Ledger, most people in South Jersey have never heard of the Star Ledger….I used to go down to Gloucester County(about 10-15 miles from the Camden stadium)regularly and stores there didn’t even sell the Star Ledger…They didn’t even know what it was…So that excuse for the Ledger seems poor…Maybe it’s different in the stores in Camden but I don’t see how 10 miles or so would make a difference…And Somerset has a regional local paper..The regional local paper for Newark is the Star Ledger….They just don’t get it..

5. BEARSLOYALFAN - September 24, 2007

HMCWX1YOU ARE AWESOME!!.. PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE NEEDED TO RUN THE NEWARK BEARS GANG. LETS GO BEARS. WE HAVE TO GET ON THE ROCK TONIGHT. SORRY FOR CAPS BUT WE HAVE TO SHOUT LOUD AND CLEAR.

YES, YOU ARE RIGHT THAT FRONT OFFICE DESERVE A TROPHY: As for Jim Cerny we know he is the best in the broadcasting, We can’t complaint neither envy anything. OUR FRONT STAFF OFFICE, MANAGERS, COACHES, PLAYERS, GROUNDKEEPERS THEY ARE AWESOME. I HAVE NEVER SEING THAT UNITY IN ANY OTHER PLACES. GO BEARS. CHICK YOU DESERVE THAT TROPHY EVEN THOUGH THEY DENIED YOU OF THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR.

GO BEARS, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS WE ARE WINNERS, WE ARE A FAMILY AND THAT IS WHAT IT COUNTS.

GOD WILL BLESS US. I AM PRETTY SURE OF THAT. GO BEARS…

6. BEARSLOYALFAN - September 24, 2007

Mike: thanks for the pre Game. Just a little note, Remember that the Newark Bears are way different, these guys are playing with their hearts. Plus.. Yes, Patriots won in 2001, but do you recall how??? Just smile we are going to rock the house. We really have a lot of respect and admiration for you. GO BEARS.

7. BEARSLOYALFAN - September 24, 2007

I would like to post this. It was something that we dedicated to Our GENERAL MANAGER JOHN BRANDT when the Newark Bears Season ticket holders & gang presented him with the GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR IN THE LAST GAME: BEAR THE PATH TO SUCCESS:
As a bear ventures through unknown territory, he is marking the way for many others to follow. Because he took steps in a different direction, a new path was created for future bears who will use that same trail for generations, placing their feet in the exact same spot every time they walk the course. Your adventurous vision has created a remarkable path that will be traveled for years to come. Thank you for setting a great example.

Just read this and tell the Newark Bears if this is not what the Players, coaches, managers, front office, every one has done this year to bring this team to where it is. This is engrave in a plaque for OUR GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR JOHN BRANDT. I am pretty sure all the Bears fans and staff agree on this. GO BEARS TONIGHT!!!!

8. hwcwx1 - September 24, 2007

Bearloyalfan..

Thank You ! However I could never take the place of Jose and Jane and so many other Bears Fans out there at Riverfront they are the true fans, Yes I bleed Bears Red and by all accounts will have zero voice left and will do my best to support our team tonight, First pitch a little over 4 hours away !!

9. Fausto Gabon - September 24, 2007

“I would like to post this. It was something that we dedicated to Our GENERAL MANAGER JOHN BRANDT when the Newark Bears Season ticket holders & gang presented him with the GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR IN THE LAST GAME: BEAR THE PATH TO SUCCESS:
As a bear ventures through unknown territory, he is marking the way for many others to follow. Because he took steps in a different direction, a new path was created for future bears who will use that same trail for generations, placing their feet in the exact same spot every time they walk the course. Your adventurous vision has created a remarkable path that will be traveled for years to come. Thank you for setting a great example.”

Finally, an answer to “what a bear does in the woods”. Thanks.

10. Z - September 24, 2007

But we really want to know what a Bear does in Newark……Hopefully, a Bear in Newark wins the Atlantic League championship….:)..

11. mnlem - September 24, 2007

I think if the Bears win, it will be in 5 games. Even on short rest, Mikkelsen should be on his game and give the Patriots a solid shot at winni9ng.

12. www.BrickCityBruins.com - September 24, 2007

Brian Adams was sick Saturday night. The Bears couldn’t touch him. How does Mikkelsen compare to Adams? Will we be faced with more of what we saw Saturday in Bridgewater? Thoughts from those in the know, please. Thanks.

13. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - September 24, 2007

Neither has overpowering stuff, but Mikkelsen’s a big game pitcher…not sure how he’ll be on three days rest, but it seems to have worked out for the others.

14. hwcwx1 - September 24, 2007

If the Bears work the count and not swing at the first pitch they will be deadly tonight. If not there will be a game 5.

15. elliot - September 25, 2007

any truth to the Bears moving to the CanAm league next year?

16. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - September 25, 2007

No.

17. mdcrab13 - September 25, 2007

Way to go Bears!!!!!
We had to make the drive home to MD this morning….listened the whole night on the web….wish we were there with you all.

18. fishyfan - September 25, 2007

Wow.. what an incredible game to listen to.. congrats to the Bears.. they deserve the kudos.. 3 HR in one game for Herrera..

thanks for all the updates and great reporting.. will be interested to read what you find out over the off season about the league and the teams for next year

19. Z - September 25, 2007

The 3 home playoff games had to be the best of all the Bears games I saw this year….A great performance by the new Mr. October, Jose Herrera….Great atmosphere and clutch hitting and pitching….Congrats Bears…

20. BoosterBabe - September 25, 2007

CONGRATS Bears Fans!
You deserve to bask in the glory!
You guys came outta nowhere in the first half (killed the bluefish from the first game forward!!!!) and never looked back.

21. BEARSLOYALFAN - September 25, 2007

THANKS GUYS.. What a game!!..Now do you know what the bears does in NEWARK Suicide the PATRIOTS. What a ball club, they never gave up. Like I said previously. God was with the team. Blessings came when they really needed. MR OCTOBER. Left everything for today. Good night time to rest and enjoy the victory. Finally, Chick got his first Atlantic League Championship. They denied him manager of the year but he put the CLAW on and beat the two teams that he needed to kill DUCKS & PATRIOTS!!!


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