Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sharks Roast Ducks In Series Opener

Drew Macias went 2 for 3 with a home run and an RBI triple, and starter J.R. Mathes pitched six effective innings in the blistering heat as the Riversharks extended their winning streak to 4 games, beating the Long Island Ducks 6-2 this afternoon at Campbell's Field.

The temperature at gametime was a scorching 93 degrees, with virtually no wind and high humidity. Macias led off the bottom of the 3rd with a towering homerun to right off Ducks starter Ruddy Lugo, and Juan Francia followed that with a stand-up double. After Jonel Pacheco grounded out and Lloyd Turner lined out to short, Sharks DH Noah Hall brought Francia home with a double of his own. Camden led 2-0 after 3.

The Sharks added another run in the 5th, when Pedro Feliz singled in Pacheco to make it 3-0.

Meantime, Mathes was cruising, allowing only 3 hits in his first 5 innings of work. But in the top of the 7th the Ducks loaded the bases with nobody out, and Mathes was pulled for Jay Marshall. The All-Star reliever got the Sharks out of the inning, but not before the Ducks plated 2 runs. After 7, Camden still held the lead 3-2.

Macias delivered insurance runs in the 8th when he tripled in Danny Richar and Alvin Colina. Macias scored himself when a pickoff attempt by pitcher Ehren Wassermann found no one covering at 3rd base for the Ducks.

Relievers John Bale and Brian Stokes closed out the victory with 1-2-3 innings in relief of Marshall.

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