Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Pacheco Contributes Immediately, Defense Shines In 4-1 Win
Newly acquired outfielder Jonel Pacheco hit a leadoff double, and two batters later Brian Burgamy belted a 2 run shot over the right field wall to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead over the visiting Lancaster Barnstormers. The Sharks never looked back, and won the game 4-1 on a scorching hot night at Campbell's Field.
Pacheco, signed just yesterday by the Sharks, was batting .285 with 6 homers and 27 RBI's in 50 games with the Road Warriors this season. He brings some offensive pop back into a Sharks lineup that recently lost two of their best hitters in Raul Padron and Mike Lamb.
The Sharks defense came up big tonight. In the bottom of the fifth Drew Macias made a spectacular diving catch to rob Iggy Suarez of a base hit. In the eighth, Lloyd Turner's dazzling shoestring grab robbed Tommy Everidge.
But Lancaster managed to cut the lead to one in the top of the 6th when Everidge took starter Eddy Camacho deep to right center. With runnners on, they seemed likely to tie it up. But with 2nd and 3rd and 2 outs, Camacho got Adam Calderone to ground out softly to first to retire the side. Camacho went 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run and striking out two. He's now 4 and 0 as a starter this season.
The Sharks then added some insurance runs. In the 7th Pedro Feliz scored on a wild pitch from reliever Jon Huber to make it 3-1, and in the 8th Danny Richar took a TJ Beam offering and lined it over the right field wall to make it 4-1 Sharks.
Brian Stokes picked up his 5th save of the season when he struck out Gilbeto Mejia to end the game.