Here are game photos from the between the Connecticut Tigers and Tri-City ValleyCats on June 30, 2013, at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.

The ValleyCats won the game 6-2 behind strong pitching from Michael Feliz, who went six innings, allowing only one run while striking out six. Dan Gulbransen lead the offensive attack going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Tony Kemp chipped in with three hits and two stolen bases.

Rain delay at "The Joe"

Team meeting

Chan Moon doing it "Gangnam Style" during the rain delay

Austin Schotts makes contact

Raphael Rhymes

Tony Kemp rips a hit

Dominic Ficociello makes a throw to first

Dan Gulbransen crushes a home run

Rounding first

Coming home

Michael Feliz was electric for the 'Cats again

Kasey Coffman

Brett Harrison swings and misses a pitch

Ronnie Mitchel lays down a bunt

Ryan Dineen

Austin Green

Javier Azcona misses a pitch

Tony Kemp looks at ball four

Kemp steals second

Conrad Gregor

Michael Martinez

Conrad Gregor

Ronnie Mitchell pops one foul

Jake Rodriguez

Rodriguez rips a base hit
Preston Jamison

 
Logan Ehlers

Thomas Lindauer gets out of the way of a wild pitch, which scores a run

Jake Rodriguez with a throw to second
The Sugar Land Skeeters clinched the Freedom Division first half championship of the Atlantic League on Saturday when the Long Island Ducks beat the Somerset Patriots 9-0.

Congratulations to the Skeeters on a fine first half!

Koby Clemens leads the Skeeters with 12 home runs, and has done a great job handling their pitching staff.

The Skeeters have been the best team in the Atlantic League the entire first half. What makes their run even more remarkable is that many for their key players were pillaged by major league organizations through out the first half of the season.

Here's the list of players:
Sean Gallagher - Colorado Rockies 
Dustin Martin - Arizona Diamondbacks
Chase Lambin - Kansas City Royals
Michael Nix - Chicago White Sox
Dustin Richardson -  Los Angeles Angels

However, Gary Gaetti and the Skeeters kept finding players to add to their roster to keep them winning.  They ultimately held off the Somerset Patriots who made things interesting down the stretch. The Patriots also had a tremendous first half, finishing with a 43-24 record.

Aaron Bates has had a tremendous season for the Skeeters leading them with a .313 batting average.
The Skeeters have not just been the best team on the field but the best team filling seats. Sugar Land currently leads the Atlantic League in attendance with over 5,800 fans per game.

The success of Sugar Land is a good sign for the Atlantic League which hopes to add more teams in Texas over the next few years.
Joash Brodin has been the Long Island Ducks most valuable player for the first half of the 2013 season.


Brodin currently leads the Ducks with a .329 batting average, which is tied for fifth best in the Atlantic League. He's also chipped in with seven home runs and 31 RBI for the Ducks. And oh yeah...he also leads the team with six stolen bases. 

The Ducks have struggled during the first part of the 2013 Atlantic League season, and Ducks Manager Kevin Baez has juggled around lineups and positions trying to jump start the Ducks. One of his moves included moving Brodin from first base to left field, and having him bat leadoff. Some players would struggle with those changes, Brodin has embraced them with no drop in production.

While he is currently playing left field for the Ducks, Brodin may be back at first base for the Liberty Divison in the 2013 Atlantic League All-Star Game. He is currently the leading vote getter at first base for the Liberty Division. 

The Ducks needed wins in their doubleheader against Bridgeport on Monday to prevent Southern Maryland from clinching the first half championship. Brodin combined to go 5-for-7 with 2 RBI in the doubleheader for the Ducks. However, it wasn't enough as the Ducks were eliminated after their loss in game one. Regardless of the outcome, it just shows that Brodin comes to play when it's all on the line, something he's been doing all season.
Earlier this week my blog "Broken Bat With Corey Mansfield" surpassed the 50,000 hit mark. While the number isn't huge it's a major milestone for a small blog.


As I move forward with blogging, I'd like to thank all the fans and teams who have helped me achieve this milestone. Hopefully, we can get to the 100,000 hit milestone before the summer is over.

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The Long Island Ducks announced on Wednesday that they have signed former major league pitcher Erick Threets.

The left-hander, pitched in 21 major league games from 2007-2010 for the San Fransisco Giants and Chicago White Sox. He posted a 0-1 record with a 3.37 ERA during his big league career.

Last season he played for the Angels Triple-A affiliate, Albuquerque and the A's Triple-A affiliate, Sacramento. He finished the 2012 season with a 6-4 record, 2.79 ERA, and four saves.

In another move the the Ducks also released pitcher Connor Graham.

The Ducks pitching has been up and down all season, so I wasn't too shocked that they brought in more pitching. I was pretty shocked to see them release Connor Graham who was one of the nicest guys on the team and did whatever the team asked of him from being a starter to working out of the bullpen. I felt their were other guys on the roster who should have been released before Graham, but I obviously don't make those decisions.
Former Long Island Duck and 2011 Atlantic League batting champion, Kraig Binick is back with the Ducks.

Kraig Binick hitting against the Camden Riversharks in 2011 (Photo/Corey Mansfield)
Binick was in the Ducks' dugout on Wednesday night, and will most likely be signed and activated over the next week or so.

In 2011, Binick was the catalyst for the Ducks offense which was among the greatest in league history. That season he led the league with in batting average (.343), and stolen bases (42).

Last season, Binick had a drop in production but was still extremely productive for the Ducks, hitting .264 with 29 stolen bases for the Atlantic League champions.

Binick started the 2013 season with Campache of the Mexican League (AAA), before being traded to Monclova after 55 games. He only played nine games for Monclova before he was released. He was hitting .259 with two home runs, 21 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in the Mexican League.
Here are game photos from the game between the Bridgeport Bluefish and Long Island Ducks on June 26, 2013, at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Bluefish won the game 7-3.

Matt Way

Daniel Mayora with a cut

Bill Hall catches a pop fly

Prentice Redman waves at a pitch

Kelvin Villa

Ramon Castro

Joash Brodin rips another hit

I'd be smiling to if I was hitting .335

Josh Barfield

Brodin steals second

Bill Hall

Brodin scores the first run of the game

Bill Hall

James Simmons

Dan Lyons catches the pop up

Adam Bailey
 
Brandon Chaves swipes a bag

Iggy Suarez

Rian Kiniry and Bryant Nelson

Bluefish meeting

Dan Lyons drops down a perfect bunt

Joash Brodin

Ralph Henriquez rips one foul

Bob Zimmerman

Luis Lopez

Daniel Mayora rounds the bases after crushing a home run

Nick DeBarr

Kevin Baez makes a pitching change

Josh Lansford with the delivery

Dan Lyons makes the play

Winston Abreu
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