Friday, July 30, 2010

Lancaster's Offense Slowed in Series Finale

Newark avoids sweep with 6-1 victory; Long Island series opener on Cable 11.

Reggie Taylor hit HR Wed.
Lancaster managed just two hits in a 6-1 loss to Newark on Thursday. But even that meager output could not halt a home run barrage that lasted all week.

Adam Witter's solo shot in the sixth was all the Barnstormers could muster against Newark's Bob Zimmerman, who lost a no-hit bid on that blast. Rick Bauer took the loss for Lancaster, allowing four runs (one earned) over five innings.

Having taken the first three games of a four-game set, Lancaster had already won a series defined by the long ball. The teams combined to score 63 runs and hit 16 home runs in four days. Each squad had three players hit homers in at least two games in the series.

Ward homered in 3-straight gms.
Lancaster had four of their nine homers in Wednesday's 9-7 victory yet were outdone in awe-factor by Newark's Elijah Dukes, Daryle Ward and Carl Everett, who hit back-to-back-to-back bombs in a 7th-inning rally.

Ward's home run in Thursday's contest, a two-run shot, gave him three straight games with a round-tripper.

For a Lancaster lineup shut down by York last weekend, Newark's league-worst ERA was just what the doctor ordered. The Barnstormers extended their league-leading home run total to 106 while the Bears' pitching staff has now given up 113 dingers on the year, 21 more than any other Atlantic League team.

Long Island (10-11) vs. Lancaster (11-8) - Fresh off the series win Lancaster welcomes Long Island to town for a three-game set beginning Friday. The Ducks split their home series with Somerset this week, allowing ten runs in two straight losses to end it.

While Long Island has the third-best team batting average in the league (.273, two points above Lancaster), the Ducks are only the sixth-highest slugging team (.401 to Lancaster's 2nd-best .436).

The series-opener can be found on Cable 11 beginning live at 7pm.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Domonic Brown Era Begins

Victorino's injury paves way for top prospect

Domonic Brown - 2/3, 2 RBI, 2 R
It was a question of when, not if Domonic Brown would make it to the majors and today the former RPhil turned IronPig got the call up.

It was an injury to Shane Victorino on Tuesday that fast tracked the 22-year-old to Philadelphia. Wearing #9, Brown started in right field, sixth in the lineup. In his very first at bat in the 2nd inning, the lefty rocketed one to deep right field, off the wall for an RBI double. He would later score on a Wilson Valdez groundout.

In the 6th, Brown added his second hit of the night, connecting on a slider to right field.

For the night, Brown went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Brown was hitting .346 in 28 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, adding 5 homers and 21 RBIs. Overall between Reading and Lehigh Valley, Brown's numbers were impressive .327 at the plate, 20 home runs, 68 RBI in 93 games. The 6'5 speedster also stole 17 bases.

AVCA Honors Garden Spot Volleyball

Girls' team earns 16th straight academic award

The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced today that the Garden Spot girls' volleyball team earned the AVCA Team Academic Award, marking the sixteenth season in a row.

The Spartans are one of 164 high school girls' teams honored across the country, and just one of six from Pennsylvania.

The award honors college and high school teams that maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average. Garden Spot earned a 3.90 GPA for the academic year

Fritz breaks record, 'Stormers salvage victory

Newark ties game in 9th, Lloyd Turner hits walk-off winner

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Lloyd Turner played the hero. Hitting .219 heading into the game, it was Turner's second hit of the night that brought home the game-winning run.

Fritz strikes out Isaiah Kaaihue in 4th to set franchise mark
Barnstormers starter Ben Fritz set a new franchise record for most strikeouts in a single season. He put five in the books to hit 99 on the year, topping the old mark of 97 set by Ricardo Gomez in 2008

Lancaster stormed out to a 3-0 lead after clean-up batter Aaron Herr homered in the first for the second night in a row, making it 13 for the season. Reggie Taylor made it a five-run lead with a 2 RBI double in the fourth.

Lloyd Turner
Leading 11-5, the Bears scored 6 unanswered in the final two innings including a game-tying grand slam in the 9th.

Newark closer Michael Nix walked lead off batter Jed Morris and forced a Vic Gutierrez ground out in the bottom of the frame, before Turner batted home Morris from second.

Notes: Catcher Octavio Martinez was replaced by Jed Morris in the 5th after suffering a leg injury in the 4th. Vic Gutierrez extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Bryant Nelson and Michael Woods hit back to back solo shots in the fifth. Ryan Mulhern (oblique) was added to the DL.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Revolution Hit Parade Destroys Camden

15 runs roll in as York's win streak hits six.

Erold Andrus: 3/5, 5 RBI
The Revolution lead the Atlantic League in almost all key offensive categories - runs, total bases and batting average. Tonight's outpouring at Sovereign Bank Stadium will only add to those numbers.

York plated 15 runs to take down Camden 15-4, winning their sixth straight game. The Revs knocked out 19 hits, including 14 singles. John Pachot went 4 for 5 with 4 RBI while Erold Andrus went 3 for 5 with two doubles and five runs batted in.

Rivershark starter Josh Brey lasted just 1.2 innings, giving up four runs in the first and three more in the second. Revs starter Corey Thurman on the other hand pitched seven solid innings, allowing three runs and striking out five.

Tonight's output means York is the first Atlantic League team to score more than 500 runs this season (513). The next closest team is Lancaster with 450.

Reading 9, Richmond 4 (Game 1) - The RPhils wrapped up a victory of a game that was suspended last night due to a light malfunction. Matt Rizzotti finished 5 for 5 with two doubles.

Richmond 6, Reading 2 (Game 2) - The host Flying Squirrels took this evening's regularly scheduled game 6-2. Richmond scored three runs in the bottom of the first off of Mike Cisco.

New Hampshire 4, Harrisburg 3 - The Senators dropped their second straight in New Hampshire tonight. After falling behind 4-0, the Sens scored 3 in the eighth but could not complete the comeback. Kyle Drabek pitched six scoreless innings for the Fisher Cats.

Durham 5, Lehigh Valley 3 - Vance Worley pitched six scoreless innings in his IronPig debut, striking out seven batters. But Durham scored four runs in the top of the ninth to steal the victory.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Worley Makes MLB Debut

Former RPhil throws scoreless 9th on Saturday.

News 11 Sports just happened to be in the stands for Worley's debut.

Think of it as a promotion with one heck of a signing bonus. Moments after making his Major League debut for Philadelphia Saturday, Vance Worley learned he was being optioned to Lehigh Valley to make room for Sunday's starter J.A. Happ.

The righthander's days with the big league club were brief, but he was perfect in his one appearance. He struck out two of the three Colorado Rockies he faced in the ninth inning and got to keep the baseball from the 10-2 Phillies victory.

For Worley, who was 9-4 as a starter with Reading this season, going to the IronPigs is still a career progression. And at least for now he can boast a flawless 0.00 ERA in the Majors.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

War of the Roses: York 10, Lancaster 2

Revs one win away from reclaiming Community Cup

It was the 12th meeting this season between Lancaster and York, and it was more of the same.

York's 10-1 romping of the Barnstormers leaves them within one victory of the 2010 War of the Roses title. And they have 8 games to clinch the season series.

On Friday, York scored 7 runs in the bottom of the second inning to build a extra comfortable lead. All but one Revolution player scored a run in the rivalry routing.

Ramon Castro led the way for the home team, batting home four runs while hitting twice. Starter Derell McCall tossed five strong innings allowing one run on five hits. Joe Gaetti homered for Lancaster.

The series continues Saturday and Sunday. The two teams meet again August 13-15. The War of the Roses concludes September 10-12.

Mahar Hits Walk-off Winner

4th Inning rally plus Kevin Mahar's four hits lead RPhils to 7-6 victory

After scoring the first Phillies' run of the game, Kevin Mahar batted home the last in walk-off fashion Friday night. The ninth-inning single marked his fourth hit and the game winner.

Kevin Mahar

Reading trailed 3-0 early, thanks to a first inning three-run home run from Akron's Matt McBride, before battling back with a monster fourth inning at the plate. 

The Aeros held a 4-1 lead when Matt Rizzotti launched his 16th home run of the season, jump starting a 5-run inning, capped off by Harold Garcia's 3-RBI triple. Garcia extended his hitting streak to eight games. 

Reading can clinch the series victory with a win Saturday.

Harrisburg 7, Portland 5 - In Portland, the Senators evened the series score at one a piece with a 7-5 decision. Chris Marrero's 2-run home run snapped a 3-3 tied in the sixth. He finished the night 3-4, 3 RBI, 2 runs, and a double.

Friday, July 23, 2010

HGH Testing Mandatory in Minors

Players to be randomly selected for HGH blood testing

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced Thursday that Major League Baseball will become the first U.S. professional sports organization to conduct testing for HGH.

"It's a significant step in the detection of the illegal use of human growth hormone,” explained Selig, “an example for all of our drug policies in the future.”

Effective immediately, blood samples will be taken randomly from all minor league players who are not on a 40-man major league roster, including local teams like the Reading Phillies and Harrisburg Senators.

Although HGH is banned in the majors, those players will not be tested for the drug. Under the Major League Baseball Players Association, players only undergo urine testing, which is not used to detect the human growth hormone.

Michael Spidale
"I think we should be tested for it", agreed RPhil outfielder Michael Spidale. But I think everyone should be tested for it. I think it's them just trying to make themselves look good like they're doing something, but they're not testing everybody and they're not testing the most important people."

In a statement to the Associated Press, MLB's executive vice president of labor operations, Rob Mandfred notes, "Obviously, we make a separate decision with regard to the Minor League program, but the Major League Baseball Players Association has been proactively engaged in conversations with us on the scientific and logistical issues associated with blood testing at the Major League level."

Never before has blood testing been used in the sport.

Wenger, United Seek Division Title

Warwick grad, Andrew Wenger plays big role for minor league team

"Andrew is a tremendous asset to our club," says Head Coach Brendan Burke. 

The Duke University sophomore starts as a defender for Reading United A.C. (9-1-4), who wrap up the regular season this weekend.  

In his first year with the Blue Devils, Wenger was named ACC Freshman of the Year, starting all 21 games as a key part of the Duke defense. Wenger finished the year with four goals, including three game winners, and three assists.

"It's just more games, more experience, playing in front of more people," says Wenger. "It's just preparing myself for another, hopefully, successful season."

With a win Friday night against New Jersey (5-10-0), Reading clinches the Mid Atlantic Division crown and locks up the number one seed heading into Eastern Conference playoffs.  Kickoff is 8pm at Don Thomas Stadium, Exeter H.S. 

Andrew Wenger
Reading United (formerly Reading Rage) is a USL premier development team in their first affiliated season with the Harrisburg City Islanders and Philadelphia Union.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Naylor, Home Runs Power Reading in Victory

RHP goes 8 innings; Garcia, Mahar hit solo shots.

Drew Naylor allowed just one run in eight strong innings and two RPhils went yard as Reading took the opener against Akron tonight 4-1.

Harold Garcia continued to tear the cover off the baseball, launching his first home run as a RPhil practically out of FirstEnergy Stadium in the bottom of the first. The second baseman entered the game batting .314 with a .417 OBP in 13 games with Reading.

Drew Naylor
Kevin Mahar matched Garcia in the fourth with a rocket of a blast into the left field seats. Mahar finished 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.

Meanwhile Naylor kept the Aeros guessing. He scattered four hits and two walks over eight innings for his ninth win of the year. That gives him the team lead now that Vance Worley has taken his nine wins to the Major Leagues.

Justin De Fratus, who was called up with Garcia two weeks ago, pitched the ninth for his first save with Reading.

To see the home runs, tune in to our 5:30 broadcast tomorrow on Cable 11. For a couple nice defensive plays from Cody Overbeck at third and Matt Rizzotti at first, see below:

Portland 9, Harrisburg 1 - The Senators dropped the series opener in Portland tonight 9-1. John Lannan gave up four runs, three earned, in five innings pitched. Ryan Lavarnway and Chih-Hsien Chiang drove in three runs each for the Sea Dogs.

War of the Roses Continues Tonight

Host York leads 2010 series 8-2.

The 2010 War of the Roses duel between Lancaster and York continues tonight with the Barnstormers opening a four-game series in York.

The Revolution have a commanding 8-2 record against Lancaster this season. With only ten games remaining in the series York could clinch the Community Cup by taking three of four from the Barnstormers.

The Revs have outscored the Barnstormers 74-43, including that 20-2 drubbing on June 19. Lancaster won the War of the Roses in 2007 and 2009, with a York win sandwiched in between.

Rick Bauer makes his second start for Lancaster tonight against Damian Moss for the Revs. Moss was signed on Sunday.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wednesday Night Recap

Playoffs end for Islanders, Inferno; Reading falls in Erie.


D.C. United 2, Harrisburg 0 - The City Islanders' run in the U.S. Open Cup ended in the quarterfinals tonight. Harrisburg fell to D.C. United 2-0. With the win, United advances to the Open Cup semifinals for the third straight year.

Long Island 2, Lancaster 1 - The Lancaster Inferno lost 2-1 to Long Island this evening in the WPSL's Eastern Conference semifinals. The Fury scored two early goals and held on for the victory. Despite the loss, Inferno goalie Joy Shaiebly had the save of the night:


Erie 4, Reading 1 - The RPhils dropped the series finale in Erie tonight 4-1, failing to sweep the SeaWolves. Audy Ciriaco went 2 for 4 with three RBI and Brooks Brown pitched seven innings of one-run ball for Erie. Reading returns home for a four-game series against Akron beginning tomorrow.

York 7, Somerset 0 - Jose Herrera went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI and five Revolution pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout of the Patriots. York took two of three from Somerset and comes home tomorrow for a four-game set with Lancaster.

Bridgeport 4, Lancaster 3 (Game 1, 9 Inn.) - Hours after winning a 17-inning marathon on the road, Lancaster dropped game one of a doubleheader in, what else, extra-innings.

Bridgeport 4, Lancaster 4 (Game 2) - Suspended due to rain in the seventh inning.

Worley Makes Jump to the Majors

RHP called up to Philadelphia this afternoon.

Vance Worley will not get the chance to extend his scoreless innings streak, at least not in Reading. The right-hander's contract was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies today, meaning Worley is heading to the Majors for the first time in his career.

Worley had been almost untouchable in his last two starts for the RPhils, allowing just six hits over 17 shutout innings. He was 9-4 in Reading this season with a 3.20 ERA and was selected to his second straight Eastern League All-Star Game.

His first start could come Saturday or Sunday against Colorado. He is the first RPhil to be promoted straight from Reading to Philadelphia.

Harrisburg Completes Sweep of New Britain

Senators back at .500 for first time since June 5.

So far the second half suits the Senators just fine. For the second day in a row Harrisburg blanked New Britain 2-0. The team has gone 5-2 since the All-Star break and this afternoon's victory means Harrisburg is back at .500 (49-49) for the first time since June 5th.

Marvin Lowrance hit a two-run home run in the second inning, his seventh of the season. That was all the offense Sens starter Ross Detwiler needed. He picked up his second win of the year while scattering five hits and a walk over seven innings.

Ross Detwiler
7 IP, 7 K, 0 R
"I had my curveball today, I haven't had that in the past," said Detwiler. "The changeup was working today and [catcher Jhonatan] Solano was back there calling a great game."

Detwiler struck out seven batters in front of more than 3,800 fans and a number of scouts.

"That is the best start I've seen him have since he has gotten here," noted Manager Randy Knorr. "I think he is ready ... I think the big league team is waiting for him."

Harrisburg sits four games behind second place Bowie in the Western Division. The Senators now go on the road for seven games, starting tomorrow night in Portland.

Double Steal Ends 17-Inning Marathon

Lloyd Turner steals home for 5-4 win, marking longest game in Barnstormers history

It took 5 hours and 9 minutes, 15 pitchers, 35 hits, and one trick play for the Barnstormers to pull off a 17-inning victory over Bridgeport Tuesday night.

Lloyd Turner
Turner darted home from third on a delayed double steal to score the go-ahead run in the top of the 17th.

With two outs in the final inning, Lloyd Turner and Jed Morris hit back to back singles to put runners on the corners for Joe Gaetti.

Morris headed for second on the 2-2 count. Pitcher Luis Arroyo stepped off and threw to the bag. Turner ran home from third, completing the double steal before Bluefish catcher Tom Pennino could make the tag off a high throw from second baseman, Joe Jiannetti.

Lancaster evened the game at 4 in the eighth inning before the two teams battled out eight more scoreless before a winner was declared.

16 players had six or more at-bats. Lancaster LHP Tim Hamulack struck out the side in the 16th to earn the win. It was the his first outing since suffering an elbow injury earlier this month. Ross Peeples earned the save, facing four batters in the bottom of the 17th to close out the game.

The game finished one inning shy of an Atlantic League record. The Bluefish played the longest game in league history on August 28, 2009 at Southern Maryland. They beat the Blue Crabs 9-6 in 18 innings, which lasted 6 hours, 42 minutes. Camden and Long Island also played an 18-inning game on Sept. 13, 2006.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Carpenter Recalled, Kendrick Demoted

Joins Happ in Triple-A

Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 4.82 ERA)
For the second time in two weeks, it's a major league hurler making the move from Philadelphia to the minors.

RHP Kyle Kendrick was sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following a loss Monday night in St. Louis (5 IP, 7 ER), highlighted by a 5-run, 3-homer fifth inning.

Andrew Carpenter was recalled from the Ironpigs to replace Kendrick and made an appearance just hours after arriving.

The right-hander replaced Jamie Moyer who left after just 18 pitches and one inning with a left elbow strain.

Carpenter (0-1) would take the loss, giving up three runs in that many innings, including a 2-run homer from Randy Winn. With the 7-1 victory, the Cardinals can sweep the Phils with a win tomorrow.

Comet Meltdown

Undefeated season ends with back to back losses in Region IV Tournament

In a matter of six hours and two games, the Penn Manor American Legion baseball season is over.  Starting the day with a perfect 22-0 record, the Comets tasted defeat twice in one day, both by one run differences.

It began with Upper Dauphin at 9:30am, a game postponed by rain on Monday. UD scored two runs in the top of the first and it was just enough. Penn Manor answered with one with in the bottom of the frame, but the eight scoreless innings to follow sealed their fate.

By mid-afternoon, it was loss number two and elimination from the tournament. Against Southwestern York, Penn Manor trailed the entire game before rallying within one run in the final inning, falling 6-5.

The Comets (22-2) will still meet SWS for the District 10 title, which was postponed from last week.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Atlantic League Expansion

Destination: Sugar Land, Texas

It's a long term goal becoming a reality for the Atlantic League, with definitive plans to officially expand out of the northeast and into Texas.

Sugar Land Stadium Concept Plan
Sugar Land City Council approved an agreement in May with Opening Day Partners, owners of four Atlantic League teams including Lancaster and York, to develop the $30 million dollar stadium and team franchise to be ready for the 2012 season.

Located 20 minutes outside of Houston, Sugar Land 's quest to bring minor league baseball to the city began in 2008 following a community vote on potential recreation/entertainment options for the town.

York, the league's westernmost team, will have to travel over 1500 miles when Sugar Land is added to the 2012 schedule.

"We're going to start with what we believe is an amazing market with amazing potential with the interest there, says Revolution General Manager and future Sugar Land President/GM Matt O'Brien. "If we do it right, maybe there's another market or two that will pop up and we can work on a division."

Revs pitcher Sean Stidfole agrees, "I think they turn away a lot of good players every year because there's just not enough teams, so the more teams you put in, the more guys are gonna get a shot."

York GM, Mike O'Brien will relocate to Sugar Land following the 2010 season
A public contest opened today for possible Sugar Land team names. Fans can submit names through August 20th.

Perfect Evening for Espinosa in Sens Victory

Shortstop goes 5 for 5 in Harrisburg's come-from-behind win.

Danny Espinosa hit two home runs and drove in three runs.

In the two hours and fifty minutes it took Harrisburg to beat New Britain tonight, Danny Espinosa's batting average jumped twelve percentage points. That will happen when you go 5 for 5.

The shortstop, now batting .261, had a perfect night at the plate and displayed his power as well. Espinosa hit two home runs and drove in three, leading the Senators to six unanswered runs and a 6-3 comeback win over the Rock Cats.

The victory ruined the Double-A debut of New Britain's Bobby Lanigan, who gave up just one run in six innings.

Reading 6, Erie 1 - RPhil starter Yohan Flande struck out six batters in six-and-a-third innings, earning his seventh win of the year as Reading took the series opener in Erie 6-1.

York 11, Somerset 1 - James Shanks went 2 for 4 with five RBI including a three run home run in the top of the first as York won 11-1 on the road in Somerset.

Lancaster at Bridgeport - Postponed due to rain.

Worley's Strong Season Continues in Trenton

Eight shutout innings help RPhils avoid four game sweep.

Worley: 8 IP, 3 K, 3 H, BB
In 2009 Reading right-hander Vance Worley won just one game after the All-Star break. In 2010 he matched that total in his first start.

Worley pitched eight scoreless innings yesterday, leading the RPhils to a 4-0 shutout of Trenton. The victory ended Reading's six-game losing streak (tied for the longest of the season) and avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of the Thunder.

Worley was the pitcher of record the last time Reading put one in the win column, retiring 18 straight Senators in a complete-game shutout July 9. This time Worley sat down 12 straight batters at one point. Over his last two outings, he has given up just six hits in 17 innings.

Matt Rizzotti staked his pitcher to an early lead with a three-run home run in the top of the first.

Reading opens a three-game set at Erie tonight before returning home Thursday for four games against Akron.

Wild Weekend in the Western Division

Senators give up 10 in the 9th Saturday, score 8 in the 8th on Sunday.

The Harrisburg Senators survived two days of crazy offensive numbers to split their four game series with first place Altoona.

On Saturday the Sens held a comfortable 14-8 lead entering the top of the 9th. But two pitchers, Zech Zinicola and Jack Spradlin, failed to record an out in the inning as the Curve scored 10 runs to take the lead and eventually the ballgame 18-15. Altoona had eight base hits including three home runs in the frame.

Harrisburg manager Randy Knorr and pitcher Aaron Thompson (who did not play) were both ejected for arguing that Matt Hague's three run homer was not a fair ball.

The game lasted four hours, 33 minutes and established a Harrisburg record for longest uninterrupted nine-inning game in modern history. The two teams combined for 413 pitches, 12 pitchers and 34 hits.

The following day the Senators had a 5-2 lead in the 8th inning before putting up an 8-spot on the Curve. Twelve men batted in the inning, five of them drove in at least one run, and Harrisburg went on to win 13-4.

Valdez: EL Player of the Week
Valdez named EL Player of the Week - Of the many Harrisburg players that put up great offensive numbers, Jesus Valdez was the best of the bunch.

The outfielder earned Eastern League Player of the Week honors after batting .409 in five games with six extra base hits and 12 RBI. He went 3 for 5 on Thursday with two home runs and six RBI. On Saturday Valdez again went 3 for 5, this time with two doubles, three RBI and four runs scored.

Friday, July 16, 2010

MVP Bourque heading to Russia

Bears left winger signs with HK Atlant of KHL

Calder Cup MVP - 7 goals, 20 assists

After bringing back five from the Calder Cup title team, the Bears say goodbye to MVP, Chris Bourque.

The unrestricted free agent declined an offer from the Bears, while confirming he'll join the KHL in Russia, playing for HK Atlant.

Bourque's been part of three championship seasons in Hershey over the last five seasons. His 7 goals and 20 assists in playoffs topped the league. For the season, he netted 29 and assisted 68.

Barnstormers, York drop series openers

Camden's Haines, 3-4, 2 R, 2RBI
Lancaster loses 3-nothing lead, Revs give up 13 hits

Camden 7, Lancaster 3

For another night, the Barnstormers looked poised to return to the winning track, but instead lost their third straight. Camden scored seven unanswered runs on 11 hits to claim the series opener.

Reggie Taylor put the 'Stormers on the board in the first with an RBI single. Lancaster followed it up with two runs in the second before their bats were silenced.

Both team leaders went 3-4 on the night; Octavio Martinez for Lancaster and Camden's Kyle Haines, who also added 2 runs and 2 RBIs.

Game two of the series is set for Saturday. Cable-11 will have the game live at 6:30pm sharp!

Newark 7, York 3

In York, the first place Revs dropped game one of the 3-game series. Starting pitcher, Corey Thurman suffered his sixth season loss, giving up six runs (7 total) and 9 hits in the first three innings, twice giving up a 2-run homers.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Berry Claimed by Padres

RPhils Outfielder joins Double-A San Antonio

After being designated for assignment last week by the Phillies organization, Quintin Berry was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres today.

The 25-year-old outfielder's been optioned to their Double-A affiliate, the San Antonio Missions.

In 66 games this year with Reading, Berry was batting .210 with 25 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He's earned 196 stolen bags in his minor league career.

Berry, a San Diego native, was a fifth round pick by the Phillies in 2006.

Valdez, Senators walk-off with win

Outfielder hits 3-run home run in 9th, Sens beat Altoona 9-7.

Valdez - 3 for 5, 2 HRs, 6 RBI
This evening's Senators box score shows four All-Stars participated in the game, a day after the Mid-Summer Classic in Harrisburg. Jesus Valdez was not one of them, though he sure played like it tonight.

Valdez hit two home runs including a three-run walk off bomb in the bottom of the ninth, as host Harrisburg beat the Altoona Curve 9-7.

The Senators put up three runs in the first inning and went up 5-0 on Valdez's first home run, a two-run shot in the third. But the Curve scored seven unanswered runs to take the lead.

Down to their final three outs, the Senators pulled within one on a Danny Espinosa sacrifice fly. Two batters later Valdez sent the fans home happy with his blast to left field.

Reading 2, Trenton 3 - Justin Christian went 3 for 4 with two doubles for the Thunder, who beat the visiting RPhils 3-2. J.C. Ramirez struck out nine batters but took the loss for Reading. He gave up all three runs (two earned) over eight innings.

An All-Star Memory in Harrisburg

Tagg Bozied (left) and father Bob
Baseball players, from little league all the way up to the pros, have a similar memory. A simple game of catch with your dad. Reading's Tagg Bozied got to experience that again yesterday at the Eastern League All-Star Game.

The pair warmed up Bob Bozied's right arm before father pitched to son in the Home Run Derby.

"The two greatest things that have happened to me as a coach is I got to coach my son in football and now this one right here," Bob said. "I got to pitch to him in a home run derby in the Double-A All-Star Game."

Tagg noted, "You can't really put a result on an experience like that."

Bozied grounds one down the line.
Which, as it turned out, is a good thing because the results of that family affair were unfortunately not so memorable. Tagg failed to hit one out of the park (as did four of the other seven contestants) and did not make it out of the first round. But the pair handled it with humor.

"There have been a handful of times in my life where I've felt thoroughly embarrassed on a baseball field," said Tagg. "And today was one of them."

A smiling Bob added, "He swung a little hard. That is all I'm going to say."

Just trying to impress Dad.

Tonight on News 11

Coming up at 10:00pm...

Familiar faces from the 2010 Calder Cup Championship team return to Hershey

It's back to WPSL playoffs for the Lancaster Inferno women's soccer team

And the Harrisburg Senators hope to start the 2nd half off with a win over first place Altoona!

And there's more! Tune in to News 11 at 10:00!

'Stormers Streak Ends at Five

One win shy of franchise mark, Lancaster loses two in a row

It would have been the first time the Barnstormers won six straight to open a half-season of play, but Southern Maryland had another plans.

Wednesday: Southern Maryland 4, Lancaster 3 (10 Innings)

On Wednesday, Lancaster was two outs away from making club history, leading 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Pitcher Tim McNab struck out Jeremy Owens to open what should have been the final frame, but quickly the tide turned.

Three straight Blue Crab hits, including the game-tying 2-run homer from Casey Benjamin was enough to send the game into extras. The Blue Crabs then completed the comeback on a one-out single by Christian Lopez.

Lancaster starter, Jose Sanchez threw seven shutout innings. He allowed just six hits, while walking that many, and striking out five. For McNab, his struggles against Southern Maryland have been a theme this year. Take a look below...

Tim McNab, Lancaster RHP
vs. SOMD - 11 earned runs in 6 and 2/3 innings, 14.85 ERA
vs. Rest of League - 6 earned runs in 42 innings, 1.29 ERA

Today: Southern Maryland 10, Lancaster 5

Blue Crabs claimed the 2-1 series victory with 10-5 game this afternoon. Despite an Octavio Martinez grand slam in the second, and a Joe Gaetto solo home run in the fourth, they were outslugged once again by the home team.

Southern Maryland's Jason Lane hit two homers, part of a 5-RBI night for the former Houston Astros player. Matt Craig and Jamar Hill also connected on home runs in the victory.

Lancaster's Ben Fritz took the loss (2-6), pitching 2.1 innings while allowing five hits (two homers) and seven earned runs. He also walked three and struck out two.
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Warwick's Field Renovation Near Complete

Athletic Field gets turf makeover

Grosh Stadium Field has a new look, and it's artificial turf! Here's a look at the latest pictures from Warwick Senior High School.

Turf awaiting rubber infill
Approved by the school board in January, Warwick's stadium renovation began in March and is now just weeks away from completion, on schedule to be finished by the beginning of August.

The field will be used for football, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse in the upcoming seasons, starting this fall.