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Monday, September 05, 2005

Rock Cats eliminated

I wish I was a little dumber, having a root beer, enjoying my summer
Pat Neshek says "Fuck you" to Akron and the 2005 season

Going into yesterday's action, New Britain stood two games out of second place with two games left, meaning the next Trenton win or the next New Britain loss would clinch a playoff spot for Trenton. Well, we got both in one day, as Trenton beat Harrisburg on Sunday while New Britain lost to Binghamton, and so now all that's left of the Eastern League season for the Rock Cats is to play out the final game of the regular season today and then pack their bags.

Less that four weeks ago, after New Britain had just lost 5 home games in a row and were 11 games under .500, I figured that it would almost be out of the picture for the Rock Cats to get back to .500 and into playoff contention. That's exactly what they did, though, as New Britain had a .500 record (70-70) before yesterday, and the team stayed in contention for a playoff spot until the next-to-last day of the season.

A couple of other positive notes: the Rock Cats' Danny Matienzo was the Eastern League's Player of the Week for August 22-28, and Rock Cats reliever Pat Neschek did end up passing grouchy bastard Justin Kaye in the EL saves standings, 24 to 22.