Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sharks Lose Fourth Straight, Are Now 0 For July...

Starter John Van Benschoten cruised though 7 2/3 innings, allowing only one run on six hits in the Rev's 3-1 victory over the Camden Riversharks today.

The lone run for the Sharks came in the top of the first inning, when Danny Richar grounded into a 4-6-3 double play that scored Drew Macias to make it 1-0.

York tied the game in the fifth, when centerfielder Chris Walker singled to left to score Octavio Martinez. They added two more in the sixth to make it 3-1, when a Val Majewski triple scored Chris Nowak, and Majewski scored on a wild pitch one batter later.

Meantime, Van Benschoten was busy mowing through the Sharks lineup, retiring 21 of 27 batters before being lifted in the eighth for reliever Ricardo Gomez.

The Good: The bottom of the Sharks order produced nearly all of the hits today, with Juan Francia and Ruddy Yan combining to go 4 for 5. Relievers Mike Koplove and Brian Stokes both pitched scoreless innings in relief of starter Carlos Vasquez. Lloyd Turner gunned down Scott Grimes at the plate for a 7-2 inning ending putout in the fifth.

The Bad: Danny Richar, Pedro Feliz, Brian Burgamy, Noah Hall and Toby Hall went an appalling 0 for 17. With six strikeouts.

The Ugly: The Sharks, who started out terrible in May (7-18), then got better in June (14-13), are starting out July 0 and 4.

If you weren't at the game today (I checked, you weren't) this is pretty much how it went down, if you replace Mola Ram with the Revs and the "Om Namha Shivaye" guy with the Sharks.

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