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Ambassadors Swept in Doubleheader by Bangor

July 5, 2003 - Canadian American League (Can-Am) - Allentown Ambassadors News Release

The Allentown Ambassadors lost both games of a doubleheader Saturday in Bangor, dropping to 16-23, the worst record in the Northeast League.

The Ambassadors lost the first game 6-3. The Lumberjacks jumped out early on Ambassador starter Miguel Perz, getting one in the first and three more in the second. After getting the first two outs in the second, Perez then gave up a single to Taylor Groce, then three more singles to Brad Hargreaves, Barry Paulk, and Schuyler Doakes.

The Ambassadors got three in the top of the third off John Vigue. Cedrick Harris singled to begin the inning, then Jorge Diaz struck out. Ender Gonzalez singled with one out, then Vic Davilla drove in Harris with a double. Marlon Roche then walked to load the bases. Ryan Bordenick followed with a two run single.

But that was all the Ambassadors would get. The Lumberjacks added two more insurance runs and won 6-3. Paulk was 3-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. He also had two stolen bases. Vigue got his fourth win while Perez took his third loss.

Game two was an offensive extravaganza. The Ambassadors scored three in the top of the first off starter Brian Gouin. Three straight singles from Gonzalez, Davilla, and Roche, followed by Bordenick reaching on an error, another single from Brian Macchi, then a sacrifice fly from Greg Schmidt.

But the Lumberjacks would score four in the bottom of the inning. A grand slam from Todd Brock on a 1-2 hanging breaking ball gave the Lumberjacks the lead.

The Ambassadors got three more in the top of the second. A solo home run from Julio Acosta, his second, and a two run home run from Roche, his first.

But Ambassador starter Tom Klemm could not hold back Bangor. The Lumberjacks scored six more runs in the bottom of the inning, with the first six men in the inning reaching base. The Ambassadors also committed two errors in the inning.

The game calmed down a bit after that, as although the Ambassadors would score two more in the fourth, back to back doubles from Roche and Bordenick factoring in the scoring, to pull within two. But Santiago Henry pitched the final three and two thirds, allowing one run on four hits and striking out four to get the save. The Lumberjacks would add a run in the bottom of the sixth and win 11-9. Klemm took his first loss, while reliever Ashton Stone got his first win.

Roche was 3-4 with four RBI, three runs scored, a home run and a double. Davilla and Gonzalez both had two hits and scored two runs. For Bangor, de la Cruz was 2-4 with two runs scored, one RBI and a triple. Paulk was 2-3 with a run scored and a walk.

The Ambassadors fall to 16-23, while Bangor improves to 17-23. The two teams play another doubleheader tomorrow afternoon.

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