September 28, 2008 September 28, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Today’s Game: 4:15 PM — Hey! Lineups! Whoo!
David Espinosa, SS
Shaun Boyd, LF
L.J. Biernbaum, CF
Ron Davenport, DH
Tyler Von Schell, 1B
Shedon Fulse, RF
Michael Thompson, 3B
Gabe Suarez, 2B
Josh Arhart, C
Kevin Walker, P
Sean Smith, CF
Teuris Olivares, 2B
Josh Pressley, 1B
Brandon Larson, 3B
Jason Belcher, DH
Matt Hagen, RF
Elliott Ayala, LF
Travis Anderson, C
Anthony Granato, SS
Joel Kirsten, P
4:45 PM — This one isn’t going to start on time…but as of right now, it seems as though any delay would likely be pretty small. Tarp’s still on the field, but it isn’t raining and the players are in uniform and in the dugouts.
5:25 PM — It would appear we’re a few minute away from getting this one started. Players are finishing getting warmed up, and both pitchers are nearly done in their respective bullpens.
It goes without saying, but this is a big, big game…probably more so or the Riversharks. They have their best pitcher on the mound tonight, they’ve absolutely got to have this one.
5:36 PM — And after a 31 minute rain delay, Joel Kirsten has just fired the first pitch of Game 3 of the Atlantic League Championship Series…
5:37 PM — And we have our first ridiculous play and accompanying error. David Espinosa doubled to left, but Elliott Ayala bobbled the ball and Espinosa advanced to third. Shaun Boyd then hit a very deep sac fly to right that scored Espinosa and gave Camden a very, very quick 1-0 lead.
5:45 PM — Kirsten escapes with only the one run, after getting Sheldon Fulse to weakly ground to second with runners on second and third and two outs. 1-0 Camden, B1. Starting to rain again here, the umbrellas are out…
5:55 PM — Sean Smith hit a leadoff double to right field, and was bunted over to third by Teuris Olivares. Josh Pressley then hit an RBI groundout to second, and the game was tied at one. Brandon Larson then deposited a Walker offering just over the fence in left center field to give Somerset a 2-1 lead. That’s Larson’s third home run of the postseason, which gives him the league lead. Perhaps he’ll be on the Postseason All-Second Team. 2-1, Somerset, T2.
6:20 PM — Still 2-1 Patriots, T3.
6:25 PM — The staff is scrambling to the tarp. Fantastic.
6:40 PM — Somerset’s up 2-1, B4. But it’s about a minute away from pouring, according to the radar. Looks terrible out, too.
6:42 PM — Rain delay. Sweet. Happy.
7:10 PM — Still raining. Michael Phelps is doing laps on the warning track. Not a good situation here.
8:00 PM — The rain is letting up. They may play. They may not.
8:35 PM — The tarp is off the field, looks like they’re going to play.
8:40 PM — Sounds like we’ll be starting at 9 PM.
9:07 PM — And we’re playing. Kevin Walker’s night is over, and Frederico Baez is in the game. Rain delay was two hours and 25 minutes of my life that I’m not getting back. Approximately 200 people left for the most important game the Patriots have played this season.
9:20 PM — Joel Kirsten hasn’t pitched in nearly three hours, but after throwing 59 pitches in the first four innings, is back out there. Whether he gets lit up or not, you’ve got to give the guy a trememdous amount of credit for taking the ball again.
9:25 PM — And that will be it for Mr. Kirsten. Despite the fact that Chris Buglovsky was also getting loose in the outfield alongside of Kirsten, Casey Cahill is coming in. And despite the fact Kirsten deserves a lot of credit for coming out after a lengthy delay, it doesn’t necessarily mean it was a good idea. If the Patriots lose because of this, it’s because they got outmanaged. One out, runners on 2nd and 3rd. Still 2-1 Patriots, T5.
9:30 PM — Tie game. RBI groundout by Shaun Boyd ties the game at two off of Cahill. Make that 3-2, L.J. Biernbaum just singled home a run past a diving Josh Pressley. Still T5.
9:45 PM — RBI single by Olivares ties it at 3 in the 5th. That whole Kirsten thing is now irrelevant.
9:50 PM — Brandon Larson knocks Baez out of the game with an RBI single that puts Somerset back in the lead, 4-3, B5. Jeremy Lewis now in the game for Camden. But then Jason Belcher promptly laced a double to right center that scored another run. Defensive struggle? Pitchers duel? Not quite, guys…
9:55 PM — Kevin Mannix now in the game after a stirring performance from Lewis. Looks Mike Lockwood will be pinch-hitting for Ayala. And he, of course, comes through and drives in two. 7-3 Pats, B5. One out.
10:00 PM — Continuing the longest inning on Earth, Travis Anderson sac bunts one home to make it 8-3.
10:20 PM — 3,646 is the announced crowd. As I said, maybe 200 people still here. Maybe. But hey, good job by them.
10:25 PM — Josh Pressley gives the fans something to cheer about, destroying a Kevin Mannix pitch for a long, high home run. 11-3, Pats, B6. Thinking I may leave this one early…I have plans early tomorrow and still have to write my article for the paper as well.
10:33 PM — Ben Davis now pitching. 12-3. This game is ridiculous.
10:50 PM — It’s 14-3, B7. Ashmore out. I’ll be back tomorrow.
About Last Night: (PR) The Camden Riversharks defeated the Somerset Patriots 2-1 in front of 1,802 fans at Campbell’s Field on Saturday evening to even the Atlantic League Championship Series at 1-1.
Camden scored their two runs in the bottom of the second inning to take an early 2-0 lead when designated hitter Ron Davenport hit a bloop lead off single to right center and scored when first baseman Tyler Von Schell followed with a two run home run (2) to left.
Somerset scored their run in the top of the ninth inning to make it 2-1 when first baseman Josh Pressley led off with a single down the third base line, moved to second on catcher’s indifference, and scored on a two out RBI single to center off the bat of catcher Jason Belcher.
Riversharks’ starter Ryan Dittfurth (1-0) picked up the win, throwing 6.1 scoreless innings, while striking out seven and walking four. Patriots’ starter Brian Adams (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on six hits while walking none and striking out three in 5.2 innings pitched. Riversharks’ closer Alec Zumwalt pitched the ninth inning for his 1st save of the postseason.