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Lancaster Photos:

Dave Adamchick catches an unidentified Barnstormer before the game

Newly acquired Brian Munhall

Spot starter Ricardo Gomez

Rick Wise

Somerset @ Lancaster:

SOMERSET

CF, Sean Smith
SS, Teuris Olivares
DH, Brandon Larson
1B, Josh Pressley
RF, Vito Chiaravalloti
C, Travis Anderson
3B, Gera Alvarez
LF, Elliott Ayala
2B, David Housel

P, Jim Magrane

LANCASTER

RF, Lloyd Turner
2B, Mike Caruso
SS, Danny Gonzalez
DH, Matt LeCroy
1B, Ian Bladergroen
LF, Mike Woods
3B, Ivanon Coffie
C, Brian Munhall
CF, Jutt Hileman

P, Ricardo Gomez

NOTES: Shane Youman, the only Lancaster starting pitcher I had a strong desire to see pitch, has been scratched from his start in favor of Gomez. My stellar run of luck continues. Speaking of which, could have done without a completely empty tray of waffle fries after I came back up to the press box. Handled that well, said the talented complainer.

Mike Caruso and Brian Munhall make their Barnstormers debuts tonight. Caruso at second? Interesting…

7:10 PM — Gomez struck out the first two batters before Brandon Larson took him deep to right center. 1-0 Pats, T1.

8:00 PM — 1-1, T4. Been interesting. Josh Pressley’s bat went flying into the stands, a line drive nailed Ricardo Gomez in the foot, and Gomez then appeared to throw at Gera Alvarez, which got the Patriots bench chirping. Lancaster scored their run without a hit, as Somerset made two errors on the first two batters of the game.

8:15 PM — Travis Elmer Anderson ties the game at two with a bomb. Lancaster could have had more in the last inning, but bad baserunning killed them.

9:15 PM – Still 2-2, T9.

9:30 PM — Lancaster won 3-2 on a wacky play. Juan Francia was chugging home from second on a ground ball that got through up the left side but tripped over third. But Elliott Ayala’s throw was about 25 feet to the right of home plate and got through everyone. Francia recovered and slid under the tag of Travis Anderson for a wacky walk-off win. Great, quick game.

Thorp’s Back In Lancaster: Perhaps the most interesting part of any story written this year about Lancaster Barnstormers P Paul Thorp is that there’s significantly less of Paul Thorp to write about.

Thorp says he lost 25 pounds since he last pitched in the Atlantic League with Somerset last year, and appears to be in the best shape of his career.

“I’ve been sick of hearing about it since day one,” said Thorp of concerns about his conditioning.

“But it’s something I needed to do, and I feel a lot better.”

Thorp, 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA in 17 appearances this season for the Barnstormers, was released by the Yankees midway through last season and eventually signed with Somerset, where he finished the season.

“I had a great time (with the Patriots), Sparky, Brett and KD were great, and we had a great group of guys,” Thorp said.

“I wish we would have won it, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Since he last pitched in a Patriots uniform, Thorp got an off-season job and waited for the phone to ring, hoping that an affiliated team would be on the other end, offering an invite to spring training.

It was an invitation that ultimately never got extended.

So the Thorpedo was set to pitch for the Grand Prairie Air Hogs for the American Association. But with the different rules regarding how a roster can be constructed in that league, there was no room for the Texas native on the ballclub.

When both Lancaster and Somerset started losing players at the end of May, both teams called him.

Lancaster called Thursday night.

Somerset called Friday morning.

But Thorp had already committed to the Barnstormers, and signed with them. He hasn’t looked back on the decision he made.

“It’s been real good here,” he said.

“I’ve been starting to pitch a lot more, and we’re in first place in the second half. We’ve really turned it around. We’ve got some new faces in here, and we’ve got it going in the right direction.”

Taylor Made For A Return?: Been hearing some rumblings here in Lancaster that OF Reggie Taylor may be on the way back to the ballclub. You may remember that he was with the team in 2006, but the former big leaguer spurned the club for the Ducks in his return to the league last year.

Photos From Last Night:

Teuris Olivares

Jason Scobie

Poll Results: Which games do you attend more of?
Atlantic League – 78 (90%)
Major League – 4 (4%)
About The Same – 4 (4%)
Total Votes: 86

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Comments»

1. Anonymous - August 5, 2008

where’s matt hagen?

2. Mike - August 5, 2008

DL.

3. RiverShark Fan - August 5, 2008

We heard that Randy McGarvey will have season ending surgery on his shoulder on Thursday. My Family & many others wish Randy the very best! He will always be remembered as one of the great role models for the young people who attended the Baseball games!! My Kids will never forget You!!! Hope to see You on the Baseball Field again!

4. Joe Winston - August 6, 2008

It looks sort of like a Road Warriors reunion in this series. Gotta keep the Warriors spirit alive.

5. Roadwarriorfan - August 6, 2008

Yeah it is…Actually, more so was Bridgeport at Somerset a few weeks ago. I believe there were 12 or 13 former RW players/coaches in that series.

6. Anonymous - August 6, 2008

Pressley’s bat that went into the stands tonight, seriously injured a little kid. You could tell Pressley was very concerned and it shook him up a bit.

7. barnstormer1 - August 6, 2008

Shane Youman was NOT scheduled to pitch tonight…Ricardo Gomez made the start in place of Nick Renault who will pitch Weds night. I believe Weds night was scheduled to be Youmans next start but he will miss at least one start due to shoulder issues.

8. Dylan - August 6, 2008

I hope Youman pitches for Lancaster when they come to LI.
I want to see him really back!
He was a big prospect for the Pirates last season.
I really don’t know why he’s in this league unless he has injury problems


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