Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sharks Win Thrilling Slugfest

The Riversharks capped their seventh come-from-behind win of the season by scoring six runs in the top of the ninth to win, 14-9.

The Patriots jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning, as they recorded four consecutive hits off of Camden starter Eddy Camacho.

The Sharks replied in the third, when Brian Burgamy led off the inning with a solo homer, his tenth on the year. Five of the next six Camden hitters recorded singles, and they finished the inning with five runs scored.

Jeff Nettles hit his ninth homer of the year when he drilled a two-run shot to left field in the fifth to tie the game at five runs apiece.

The Patriots scored four runs in the sixth to make it a 9-5 ball game, with Michael Hernandez picking up his ninth round-tripper of the season with two men aboard.

Noah Hall answered the call in the seventh, when he ripped a two-run single to cut the lead to 9-7, scoring Drew Macias and Ruddy Yan.

A two-out double by Lloyd Turner in the eight led to a pinch-hit, RBI-single by Alvin Colina, as the Sharks pulled within one run.

The flood gates opened in the ninth for offense, as Jonel Pacheco singled to lead off the frame, and stole second to get into scoring position. He then advanced to third on a Noah Hall single, and the bases became loaded after a throwing error by Patriots third basemen Jeff Nettles, who had three of the team's four errors in the contest. Pedro Feliz hit a three-run triple to clear the bases, as he picked up his first three-bagger of the season. He then scored on an RBI-single for shortstop Danny Richar. After another Nettles error allowed for Lloyd Turner to reach, Juan Francia dropped down his team-leading sixth sacrifice bunt of the year to advance the runners to second and third. Toby Hall proceeded to drive them in with a single, which was also his fourth hit of the game.

Closer Brian Stokes slammed the door with a perfect bottom of the ninth, as the Sharks won their second game in a row, maintaining a perfect 2-0 record in the second half.

All-star reliever Jay Marshall picked up his first victory of the season, as Andrew Dobies was charged with the loss.

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