August 4, 2008 August 4, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Patriots @ Barnstormers:
CF, Sean Smith
SS, Teuris Olivares
DH, Brandon Larson
1B, Josh Pressley
C, Jason Belcher
RF, Vito Chiaravalloti
3B, Gera Alvarez
LF, Elliott Ayala
2B, David Housel
P, Brian Adams
2B, Lloyd Turner
LF, Mike Woods
1B, Ian Bladergroen
DH, Matt LeCroy
SS, Danny Gonzalez
C, David Castillo
3B, Ivanon Coffie
CF, Jutt Hileman
RF, Jordan Herr
P, Jason Scobie
NOTES: Balls that get fouled back that would wipe out even more buttons on my laptop in Somerset get caught by the screen in Lancaster…Why is there not padding all the way around on the fence behind home plate…This ballpark is great, but not as full as I expected…Why can I not get a consistent line score in this place…The scoreboard in right is flashing with ads or various entertainment at times.
7:20 PM — Well, no chance of a no-no tonight. Both teams have a hit here in the bottom of the first. Scoreless.
7:30 PM — In a stroke of originality, the Barnstormers have greeted Josh Pressley with some Elvis music, says the man confident he’s never heard it before. Also, I forgot how much I enjoyed staring into the sun. Real underrated.
8:00 PM — Was good to see John Farrell again — probably not a name you know, but he does quite a good job with merchandise for the ODP teams…he’s got a really sweet “Lima Time” shirt made up for Camden. I love me some Lima, so I definitely want one. As for this thrilling contest, it’s 2-0 Pats in the bottom of the 3rd.
8:25 PM — Ivanon Coffie with an RBI triple in the bottom of the 4th to cut the lead to one…
8:50 PM — Actually not a bad game tonight. 3-2 Patriots in the bottom of the fifth. Overall, some pretty decent defense and pitching. The “everybody hits” chant kind of needs to go, though. Pretty sure Newark had that one first.
9:30 PM — Still 3-2 Pats in the top of the 8th. The Thorpedo making an appearance for Lancaster. I’ll have a mini-feature on him up at some point tomorrow or Wednesday.
9:55 PM — Josh Pressley just hit a ball off of Paul Thorp that was absolutely crushed. Went well over the tents in right field. Well over. 4-2, T9.
Barnstormers Fans Chances Of No-Hitter Increase: I’ll be here in Lancaster for the next four days, so hopefully I’ll be able to whip up some interesting stories and have some photos and so on from my trip out here.
Looks like Mike Caruso will be joining me, as the former big leaguer signed a contract with the club today.
Lancaster has also acquired Brian Munhall from Bridgeport in exchange for Matt Sweeney.
Kevin Kotch was also released by the Barnstormers, but has signed with Somerset and is here.
Bluefish Lose Dubose To Dodgers: The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Bridgeport P Eric Dubose. Dubose was 6-2 with a 3.91 ERA in 17 appearances for the Bluefish. No word on where he’s been assigned, but Triple-A seems likely.
UPDATED — Nope, it’s Double-A.
McCurdy To Marlins: (PR) The York Revolution has announced that right-handed relief pitcher Nick McCurdy has had his contract purchased by the Florida Marlins of the National League. McCurdy becomes the fourth Revolution player this season to sign with a Major League Baseball organization. Infielder Kenny Perez signed with the defending National League Champion Colorado Rockies on June 2, right-handed starting pitcher Dave Gassner signed with the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox on June 4 and right-handed reliever Heath Totten signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 22.
McCurdy cemented his role as closer for York by the mid-way point of the 2008 season. In 37 appearances on the mound, all in relief, the Alabama native notched eight saves while holding opponents to a .231 average against. In 53.0 innings pitched, McCurdy gave up just 46 hits, struck out 60 and walked only 11. At the time of his signing, he was 1-2 with a 2.31 ERA.
McCurdy spent the previous six seasons in the Baltimore Orioles organization, pitching at Double-A and Triple-A in 2006 and 2007. The 28-year-old right-hander posted a 3.93 ERA in 240 games in the Orioles farm system, which included 41 starts. Last season he pitched at Norfolk (AAA, International League) and Bowie (AA, Eastern League), where he posted an impressive 1.66 ERA in 29 Double-A outings.
He showed versatility as well, notching three saves in relief while also making two starts in 2007. For his efforts in 2008, McCurdy was one of four Revs selected to represent York in the Atlantic League All-Star game, hosted by the Somerset Patriots on July 16. McCurdy pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save in an 8-6 Freedom Division victory.
In 2007 the Revolution led the Atlantic League in players signed to Major League Baseball organizations, with six throughout the season. – MA