September 24, 2008 September 24, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Patriots Playoff Coverage: It’s more than four hours before game time, and yet here I am in the Somerset press box, reading over game notes and looking at stats.
Kip Bouknight takes the ball for the Patriots tonight, and it’ll be a good matchup…as he’s opposed by York’s own Patriots killer, Rolando Viera.
I’ll have lineups and any relevant news in the next few hours, and then will have some form of a game thread open as well.
3:50 PM — As Color Me Badd blares on the sound system here (what the hell?) there are a few things I need to address. One, the Patriots and Blue Crabs finished with the best overall record in the league this year. Apparently there was some confusion over some comments made regarding someone not having the best overall record. Two, I realize my preview sucked. That’s what happens when you write things in five minutes. Three, perhaps we could focus the comments to things that are happening on the field.
5:25 PM — Lineups are available…
Kennard Jones, CF
Keoni De Renne, SS
Chris Ashby, 1B
Jason Aspito, RF
Matt Esquivel, LF
Kenny Perez, 3B
Matt Padgett, DH
Luis Taveras, C
George Sandel, 2B
Rolando Viera, P
Sean Smith, CF
Teuris Olivares, 2B
Josh Pressley, 1B
Brandon Larson, 3B
Jason Belcher, DH
Matt Hagen, LF
Anthony Granato, SS
Travis Anderson, C
Elliott Ayala, RF
Kip Bouknight, P
6:45 PM — Bored, so here’s a stat. In his career, Rolando Viera has faced the Somerset Patriots ten times in the regular season, including five starts.
In the five starts, he’s 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA in 29.1 IP against the Patriots.
In the five relief appearances, he’s 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA in 5.2 IP.
In the two starts that came with York this year, he hasn’t allowed an earned run in 15.1 IP.
This marks Viera’s second postseason appearance against the Patriots, as he also faced them last season with Camden. In that game last year, he went eight innings, and allowed just two runs on two hits, but was ultimately matched by Brandon Knight…who I’m told has gone on to do big things.
7:40 PM — Pats are up 1-0 heading into the bottom of the 2nd…
7:55 PM — Things could get pretty ugly, pretty quick. 2-0 Patriots with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 2nd.
Buuuuuuut Josh Pressley weakly grounded to 2nd, so it remains 2-0. Big spot right there.
8:05 PM — Brandon Larson just hit a no-doubt laser over the left field wall to make it 3-0 in the bottom of the 3rd. Looks like Viera doesn’t have his Patriots-killing stuff today.
8:35 PM — And that will be all for Mr. Viera. Gave up nine hits in three and a third innings. Ouch. 3-0, B4.
9:00 PM — A pretty legit crowd of over 6,300 people here tonight. Not bad. Still 3-0, T6.
9:05 PM — Long home run by Kennard Jones cuts Somerset’s lead to two. It’s now 3-1, T6.
9:10 PM — Camden’s losing to Long Island, 2-1, in the bottom of the 8th…Randy Leek out after seven good innings.
9:35 PM — We’re TIED here. It’s 3-3 after Jason Aspito homered off of Kip Bouknight in the top of the 7th. Then Bouknight threw away a ball that Matt Esquivel chopped in front of the plate and Kenny Perez singled him to third. Yikes.
9:40 PM — Jason Richardson coming in after the Patriots had a collective meltdown and donated a three run lead to York. The Revolution now lead 4-3 in an incredible turn of events. The Patriots grounded into at least three double plays in this game that I can remember, so they’ve certainly had their opportunities to break this one open. Josh Pressley’s bases loaded groundout looks particularly big right now as well.
The Ducks still lead Camden, 2-1, heading into B9.
9:45 PM — Sean Smith just made a highlight reel, leaping catch on the warning track in center to keep this game close. 4-3, York (!), B7.
They’re tied in Camden on Nic Jackson’s second solo home run of the game. Wow. Good games all over the place tonight. Charlie Weatherby tossing the cookie.
9:50 PM — Long Island and Camden are going into extra innings. Meanwhile, it’s 4-3 York here…runner on second and nobody out for Somerset.
10:00 PM — One of the best games you’re going to see in this league…Travis Anderson hit a routine two-out grounder to George Sandel, who threw it away, which tied the game at four. Elliott Ayala then doubled to right, with the ball just escaping a diving Jason Aspito, scoring Anderson. Somerset LEADS 5-4, B7. Wow. The fans are certainly getting their money’s worth here.
10:05 PM — Camden and Long Island going into the 11th.
10:20 PM — Somerset now with a two-run lead in the bottom of the 8th. Camden has the winning run on 3rd base in the bottom of the 11th.
10:25 PM — 6-4, Somerset, T9. Bases loaded for Camden, two outs, B11.
10:28 PM — 3-2 Camden wins the game and the series, Sheldon Fulse is the hero with a bases loaded single through the middle. What a ridiculous, ridiculous upset. Unbelievable.
10:36 PM — Somerset wins it here, 6-4. It’s Somerset and Camden in the finals. Nobody would have guessed that.
Somerset Takes Series Lead: Recently, it seems like there’s been that pitcher who has come out of nowhere to make an impact in the Atlantic League postseason. The most recent example was Josh Stevens, who starred for Lancaster during their 2006 title run.
Now, it’s Joel Kirsten, who allowed two runs on seven hits through seven masterful innings to lead the Patriots to a 3-2 win over the Revolution and a 1-0 series lead.
Josh Pressley was the offensive catalyst, driving in two of the runs for Somerset.
Camden…Wait, Camden Wins Game One?: Nobody expected the Riversharks to have a chance in this series, no less win the first game in Long Island.
But here they are, one win away from advancing to the championship series after a great performance out of former big leaguer Kevin Walker.
Walker allowed just one run on six hits through seven innings, and Camden pitching held the Ducks potent 2-3-4-5 hitters to just two hits to give the Riversharks what may be one of the biggest upsets in recent postseason memory. – MA
Poll Results: What do you think of the quality of the league this year?
Better – 30 (30%)
Worse – 48 (48%)
The Same – 22 (22%)
Total Votes: 100