May 12, 2014
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- Luis Lopez has become the Bridgeport Bluefish all-time leader in hits. Friday night saw the Bluefish lose a doubleheader to the Camden Riversharks, but in the first game Lopez collected a single in the second inning, his 818th with the Bluefish. That hit vaulted him ahead of Angel Espada for first on the list. Lopez has been in the game a long time. He's had two short stints in the majors. In 2001, he played 41 games for the Toronto Blue Jays, and 11 games for the Montreal Expos in 2004. He also played 118 games for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japan Pacific League. The most success he's ever experienced has come in the minor leagues, and it's nothing to take lightly. Lopez has spent 19 years in the minors with various clubs and various leagues. Lopez has recorded over 2,300 hits, over 1,200 RBI, 168 home runs, and has a career batting average of .294.
- Camden Riversharks pitcher James Simmons had signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals, according to the Nationals website. Simmons was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first-round (26th) of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of California, Riverside. He has appeared in over 180 games, and made it all the way to Triple-A with the Athletics on two different occasions (2012/2013). His stint with the Riversharks was short-lived, however, his 2.70 ERA in 10 innings was enough for Nationals' scouts to put his 5.69 ERA from the year before, aside. In two games since being assigned to Double-AA Harrisburg, he's struck out four in four innings.