Raul Padron hit the game-winning home run in the top of the 14th as the Riversharks emerged victorious in fourteen innings over the Long Island Ducks by the final score of 8-7. Camden trailed by as many as six runs to Long Island in a game that lasted four hours and thirty-one minutes.
Camden scored three runs in the 9th to tie the game at 7-7 against Ducks’ closer Bubbie Buzachero highlighted by Danny Richar’s RBI single and Raul Padron’s sacrifice fly that tied the score.
Mike Koplove (1-1) picked up the win after throwing two scoreless innings. The Riversharks bullpen allowed just one run in eleven innings of work.
Jason Monti (0-1) took the loss after giving up the game-winning home run to Padron. Monti allowed the one run in three innings of action.
The Ducks jumped on Riversharks’ starter Carlos Vasquez right away in the bottom of the 1st. Javier Colina hit a two-run home run, his 9th of the season, to give Long Island a 2-0 advantage. Two batters later Matt Esquivel launched his 5th home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field wall, to double the Ducks lead to 4-0.
Colina and Esquivel have now combined to hit five home runs against Camden this season.
Long Island hit their third two-run homer of the evening in the bottom of the 4th as Freddie Thon hit his 3rd long ball of the season extending the Ducks lead to 6-0.
Vasquez lasted just three innings allowing a season-high six runs on five hits while walking a season-high five batters.
The Riversharks walked a season-high fourteen batters on the game.
Camden battled back in the 5th inning against Ducks starter Mark Diapoules. After Raul Padron drove home Danny Richar with an RBI single, Pedro Feliz hit a three-run home run, his 3rd of the season, to bring the Riversharks within two runs at 6-4.
The Ducks added an insurance run in the bottom of the 7th when Kennard Jones brought home J.R. House with a sacrifice fly making it 7-4 Long Island.