Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sharks Win Fourth Straight, Are The Juggernaut

The top of the Riversharks order came through with big hits, Eddy Camacho pitched six effective innings, and the bullpen shut the door on the Somerset Patriots tonight at TD Bank Park. The Sharks cruised to a 6-2 victory, their fourth straight.

The Riversharks have now won 7 of their last 10 games thanks to quality pitching and timely hitting, something that was sorely lacking at the beginning of the 2011 season.

The scoring got started early tonight, in the first inning Brian Burgamy belted a solo home run over the left field wall to put the Sharks up 1-0.

The Patriots tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Fernando Cortez singled, stole 2nd base and scored on a throwing error by shortstop Danny Richar.

The Sharks scored twice more in the third and fourth innings. A Lloyd Turner double in the third scored Ruddy Yan, and Toby Hall's sac fly in the fourth scored Noah Hall to make it 3-1.

Things really got going in the top of the fifth, when the Sharks first three batters all singled off Patriots starter Bill Pulsipher to load the bases. Then Pedro Feliz singled in Juan Francia, Noah Hall's sac fly to center scored Lloyd Turner, and Danny Richar singled to score Brian Burgamy, making it 6-1 Sharks.

A solo home run by Patriots right fielder Michael Hernandez made it 6-2, but the Sharks bullpen combo of John Bale, Mike Koplove and Brian Stokes held Somerset in check to seal the win.

The Good: Brian "Mike Who?" Burgamy goes 2 for 4 with a home run. Lloyd Turner goes 2 for 5 with an RBI double and a single. John Bale, Mike Koplove and Brian Stokes combine for three scoreless innings in relief of Eddy Camacho.

The Bad: Patriots second baseman Matt Hagen was ejected in the eighth inning by home plate umpire James Pattison for arguing balls and strikes.

The Ugly: Lloyd Turner tried to go high-socked tonight. It didn't go well, as you can see. The guys at UniWatch will be informed...

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