The 2011 Atlantic League season may be over for the Riversharks, but for several players from this year's team, the game continues. The 2011 Baseball World Cup will be held in Panama City, Panama from October 1st to October 15th. It is an international baseball tournament featuring 16 teams from all over the world. Riversharks Santos Hernandez, Jonel Pacheco, Carlos Vasquez, Ruddy Yan, Willis Otanez, Danny Richar and Juan Francia will be among those representing their home countries in this year's tournament.
Riversharks hitting coach, Twitter addict, and all around good guy Kevin Wilson wore a jersey designed by Casey's Clubhouse for tonight's game against Somerset. Eschewing his traditional #30, Wilson apparently decided to honor former MLB pitching great Omar Olivares and wear #00.
I didn't get a picture of it. But I did manage to break his stones about it. Because really, that's Finley's number, Kev!!
The Camden Riversharks closed out the 2011 season with a 10-0 shutout victory over the Somerset Patriots tonight at Campbell's Field. Newly acquired pitcher Zac Cline earned his first win as a Shark throwing six innings of 2 hit ball, while striking out three.
Shortstop Jake Eigsti went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBI. Eigsti also made a spectacular stop in the 4th on a hard hit ball from Pats third baseman Jeff Nettles.
Camden began the scoring in the third inning when Noah Hall singled in Lloyd Turner to make it 1-0. In the fourth, the Sharks plated three more runs when Eigsti singled in Danny Richar, Toby Hall singled in Eigsti, and Turner's sac fly scored Jonel Pacheco to make it 4-0.
But the Sharks really broke it open in the seventh. Pats reliever Ron Villone was tagged for three runs, first an Alvin Colina single to left that scored Ruddy Yan and Turner, and next Brian Burgamy's single to right that scored Colina and made it 7-0.
The Riversharks weren't done. After a pitching change for Somerset, Danny Richar's ground out to first scored Colina. Then Jake Eigsti launched a 2 run home run over the left field wall to make it 10-0.
Relievers Joe D'Allesandro and Mike McGuire combined for 3 scoreless innings innings in relief of Cline.
Chris Oxspring picked up his second win in as many starts against the Camden Riversharks as the Somerset Patriots snapped Camden’s three-game winning streak with a 7-3 victory in front of a sellout crowd at Campbell's Field.
Oxspring (5-9) did not allow a run in his final three innings as he went seven strong giving up two runs on seven hits.
Sean Jarrett (1-2) suffered the loss allowing four runs on a season-high eleven hits while striking out two batters.
Somerset took advantage of some shoddy Riversharks’ defense as Joe Holden scored on Danny Richar’s error in the top of the 1st to take a 1-0 lead.
Jonel Pacheco answered back in the bottom of the 2nd with a two-out, RBI double to plate Brian Burgamy and tie the game at 1-1.
The Pats regained the lead in the 3rd inning with back-to-back RBI singles by Josh Pressley and Matt Hagen to make it 3-1.
Leading 4-2 in the 9th, Somerset three insurance runs highlighted by a two-run double by Matt Hagen.
The Camden Riversharks have added three righty pitchers to their roster for the final series of the 2011 season.
Mike McGuire was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft. He was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010 and has spent the past two seasons playing in the Phillies’ farm system. Over three years of professional ball, McGuire has established a 4.68 ERA and has left 221 batters at the plate.
Chris Rollins arrived from the Frontier League and is making his Atlantic League debut with the Riversharks. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft, but did not begin playing professional ball until 2009 with the Midwest Sliders of the Frontier League. Rollins has a 5.43 ERA and 2-2 record.
Kalen Gearhart is returning to the Riversharks after a two year hiatus. The 26 year old has a combined 4.83 ERA over five seasons of professional ball and has left 104 batters standing at the plate.
The Camden Riversharks completed a double-header sweep over the Somerset Patriots including a combined no-hitter by five pitchers in Game 2. The no-hitter was the 5th and the second combined no-hitter in Atlantic League history.
No pitcher went more than two innings as Santos Hernandez, Mike McGuire, Joe D’Allesandro, Chris Rollins, and Kelan Gearhart combined to throw the first no-hitter in Riversharks history.
In Game 1, Camden trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning before scoring four runs off starter Jim Magrane to take a 5-2 lead.
Danny Richar hit the go-ahead RBI single to give the ‘Sharks the lead and Brian Burgamy provided them with some insurance and he followed that up with a two-run double.
Eddy Camacho (7-7) picked up his first win since August 21st going all seven innings allowing two runs on six hits.
In addition to the no-hitter, the Riversharks pounded out 18 hits in Game 2 en route to a 10-0 destruction over the Patriots.
Already leading 1-0 in the bottom of the 3rd, the ‘Sharks added three more runs to push the lead to 4-0. Jake Eigsti hit a two-run single and Jonel Pacheco hit a sacrifice fly to cap off the scoring in the three-run frame.
Camden blew it open in the 4th inning with six more runs as they sent eleven to the plate in the inning. The ‘Sharks had eight hits in the inning highlighted by a two-run home run by Brian Burgamy.
Every Rivershark had a base hit in the game and Ruddy Yan, Alvin Colina, and Brian Burgamy each had three hits.
In 5 innings of work, he gives up three hits, strikes out five, and loses.
Sure, two of those hits were home runs, a solo shot from Terry Tiffee and a 2 run blast off the bat of Yaibel Tamayo. But it's not like he was getting rocked. Five strikeouts! And the Sharks plated two runs of their own, one in the second when a Jonel Pacheco double scored Brian Burgamy, and one more in the fourth when Toby Hall grounded out to score Jake Eigsti.
The Riversharks lost tonight to the Stormers 3-2. Play was called after 5 innings due to rain.
Also, WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME CLIPPER MAGAZINE STADIUM HAD A PINBALL ARCADE IN THE SUITE LEVEL??????? BEST. RAIN DELAY. EVER!!!!
The Lancaster Barnstormers batted around in the second inning, scoring 6 runs on 5 hits to take an 8-2 lead and knock starter Humberto Sanchez out of the game. It looked like Sharks fans were in for a long night.
But Camden slowly chipped away. Single runs in the 4th and 5th, and two more in the 6th made it 8-6, Lancaster. No longer a blowout, it seemed the momentum had shifted. Stormers starter John Halama exited after 6, having surrendered 6 runs on 11 hits.
Meanwhile Zac Cline, on in relief of Sanchez, was cruising. Over 5 innings of work, Cline allowed just one run on four hits. He was relieved by Santos Hernandez, who struck out 3 Stormers in an inning an a third of work, allowing only one hit.
Lancaster made it 9-6 in the 7th when an Iggy Suarez single scored Travis Metcalf, and it seemed like the Sharks rally was squashed.
But Jonel Pacheco lead off the top of the 9th with a solo homer to right off reliever Jonah Bayliss, and suddenly the rally was on again.
Toby Hall singled. Juan Francia reached on an error. Lloyd Turner singled. With the bases loaded and no outs, Noah Hall grounded into a fielder's choice that scored one run. Next, Alvin Colina, who earlier had blasted his 14th home run of the 2011 season over the centerfield wall, smoked a double down the left field line that scored two more runs. The Sharks lead 10-9 going into the home half of the 9th.
Enter Fernando Hernandez, who retired the Stormers 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame to pick up his first save and seal an incredible comeback victory for the Camden Riversharks.
Both teams gave up a combined total of 27 hits. The game took nearly four hours to complete.
The Hernandii combine for the win (Santos) and the save (Fernando).
Jake Eigsti blasted a 2 run dinger in the 6th and came up with two huge defensive stops at second later in the inning.
In his longest outing of the year, Sean Jarrett pitched effectively through 6 innings, holding the Long Island Ducks to two runs on five hits. But it wasn't enough. The Ducks eeked out a 3-1 victory at Bethpage Ballpark this afternoon.
Long Island scored a run in each of the first two innings. In the first a Lew Ford sac fly scored Kennard Jones, in the second Kraig Binick scored on an error by first baseman Brian Burgamy.
Camden's only run (despite numerous chances, the Sharks offense sputtered today) came in the top of the fifth, when Toby Hall singled in Burgamy to bring the Sharks to within one.
But the Ducks tacked on one more in the seventh when Dan Lyons singled in Tom Pennino to make it 3-1.
Scary moment for the Ducks in the bottom of the fifth when a Sean Jarrett pitch hit Ray Navarette in the helmet. Navarette lay on the ground for several moments before slowly getting to one knee, and eventually being led off the field by the Ducks training staff.
The Riversharks split a day/night doubleheader with the Long Island Ducks today, losing game one 7-2 and winning the nightcap 9-3.
The Ducks jumped all over J.R. Mathes early in game one, before the Sharks could even record an out. First Javier Colina blasted a three-run homer. Then a Matt Esquivel double score Lew Ford to make it 4-0.
Manager Von Hayes finally pulled Mathes for reliever Santos Hernandez, but the Ducks tacked on one more in the inning when Dan Lyons grounded into a fielder's choice that scored J.R. House. The inning finally ended when Hernandez got Kraig Binick to ground out to second for out number three.
The Ducks added one more in the second when Colina homered again to make it 6-0.
Camden finally got on the board in the sixth when Ruddy Yan's sac fly scored Juan Francia, but leading off the bottom of the frame, Ducks shortstop Dan Lyons homered to make it 7-1.
The Sharks one-out rally in the bottom of the ninth started when a Jake Eigsti double scored Jonel Pacheco to make it 7-2, but Ducks reliever Bubby Buzachero retired the next two batters in order.
Javier Colina finished game one going 3 for 5 with two home runs and four RBI. Ducks Starter Bob Zimmerman pitched 7 innings of five hit ball, allowing one earned run while striking out seven.
Game two saw the Sharks offense explode in a 9-3 victory. Both Danny Richar and Jonel Pacheco drove in 3 runs apiece, and starter Wilkin De La Rosa pitched effectively for 6 innings, surrendering three runs on eight hits while striking out four.
Pacheco finished the game going 3 for 5 with a home run. The Riversharks beat up Ducks pitchers for a total of 17 hits.
The bullpen combo of Mumba Rivera, Fernando Hernandez and John Bale pitched well in relief of De La Rosa, not allowing a run and only giving up 2 hits.
Koplove To The Inactive List, Former Rev Cline Signed And Activated
Sharks reliever Mike Koplove has been placed on the inactive list. In 45 games this season, Koplove was 3 and 2 with a 3.33 ERA.
Former Revs pitcher Zac Cline has been added to the Sharks roster. Cline was 0 and 2 with the Revolution this year with a 7.62 ERA. Cline figured into game one of today's doubleheader, in 2 1/3 innings he allowed a run on three hits while striking out two.
Much like last night, the Riversharks jumped to an early lead. This time, it was behind the bat of Alvin Colina. The game led-off with a Jonel Pacheco walk, a Lloyd Turner single and the finishing touches were put on by Colina’s two-out single.
The scoring halted for both teams until an offensive explosion by the Revs in the 6th. Chris Nowak singled, Jose Herrera walked, and then a single by Bryant Nelson tied the game at one. That was short-lived after Vince Harrison blasted his ninth homerun of the season over the centerfield wall to extend the lead to 4-1.
The ‘Sharks answered back with a run of their own; again, off the bat of Alvin Colina. This time it was a solo shot to left field.
The bats went silent until the top of the ninth when Scott Grimes led the inning off with a stand-up triple. Some miscommunication between Brian Burgamy and Jake Eigsti led to a bloop-single by Chris Walker. A bang-bang play at the plate saw Grimes beat the throw home.
In the bottom of the ninth down 5-3 and on their last strike, the newly-acquired Eigsti delivered on his first hit as a ‘Shark. A no-doubter over the left-center field wall pushed the ‘Sharks to within one. However, it wasn’t enough and the ‘Sharks dropped the series finale against the Revs.
Now, it just so happens, Constant Reader, that yours truly his his own Twitter account. And there was one question about Mumba that had been bothering me ALL SEASON. Namely, what the hell does he write on the back of the mound as he's warming up to pitch an inning or two??
You can sort of see what I'm talking about at the end of this short video. Ignore the obnoxious Ducks fans.
Turns out, it's his kid's initials: AR and HR. Muumzy, that's adorable. Kudos.
A dreary night started off in the Camden Riversharks favor in the bottom of the first inning. A leadoff double by Ruddy Yan was capitalized on by a sacrifice fly by Noah Hall.
The lead, however, was short-lived as the York Revolution charged back in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead.
The scoring for the Revs started with Jose Herrera’s single, followed by the next five batters reaching base.
The ‘Sharks tied the game in the fourth when another double led to a run. Willis Otanez scored when Danny Richar’s sharp grounder was thrown away by the Revs’ second baseman, Bryant Nelson.
Again, the Revs answered back in the top of the 5th. James Shanks was hit by a pitch, left the game and Eric Eymann took his place. Followed by two consecutive hits, Eymann was able to give the Revs their second and last lead of the night. For good measure the Revs added two in the 7th one on a Salvador Paniagua single and one on Mumba Rivera’s second wild pitch of the game.
Brian Burgamy's 2 out, 2 run double in the bottom of the sixth was the difference tonight, as the Riversharks beat the York Revolution 2-1 at Campbell's Field. Burgamy went 2 for 2 at the plate, and earlier in the sixth made a spectacular sliding catch to rob Jose Herrera of a base hit.
A hot streak from Burgamy is long overdue, he's been struggling at the plate for most of the season. It also couldn't come at a better time for the Sharks, who are only a few games behind the Bridgeport Bluefish for the Liberty Division lead.
Starter Humberto Sanchez 1 hit the Revs over six innings while striking out three. He's got some control issues (as does any pitcher still on an Indy League roster in September, says Adam) but he got the job done. Also, he's kind of built like this guy. He's all shoulders and torso, which make his legs look skinny by comparison. The program has him at 6'6" and 230lbs, but I don't buy it. EDIT: I forgot to mention, he's got an absolutely filthy changeup.
Anyway he pitched effectively, and then Von left it to the bullpen. Sean Jarrett breezed through an inning in relief, allowing no hits and only one baserunner, thanks to a fielding error by shortstop Juan Francia.
Then it was Mike Koplove's turn. He let the first two Revs reach, but thanks to a heads up play by third baseman Danny Richar and an inning ending 4-6-3 double play, the Sharks managed to preserve the 2-0 lead.
John Bale came on in the 9th to try for his 4th save. After getting Herrera to fly out to center, he gave up a double to first baseman Chris Nowak. Left fielder James Shanks hit a ball to the left in the infield, and Bale, trying to get the lead runner, threw wide of second base. Everybody was safe. The Revs scored when second baseman Bryant Nelson hit into a fielder's choice that plated Nowak. The inning and the game ended one batter later, when Bale got Vince Harrison to ground out to short.
As the 2011 Atlantic League season enters the home stretch, the Sharks sit in 3rd place in the Liberty Division, 1/2 game behind the Long Island Ducks and 3 1/2 games behind the Bridgeport Bluefish. Making the playoffs is a real possibility. But all that hinges on the success of a few key players, such as:
1. Danny Richar
In the lineup pretty much since the beginning of the season, Richar has really come on strong for the Sharks recently. In the past 5 games, he's batting a ridiculous .500, with an OPS of .823. He's OK at short, but I'd rather see Francia there. His baserunning skills need improvement. He'll be an integral part of the team's success if he stays hot.
2. Juan Francia
Another guy who's been hitting consistently well as of late, way down there in the nine hole. Francia's a guy who can steal once he gets on base, and he's improved his average by almost 10 points in the last ten games, but I think he could be a little more patient during his at bats. I've seen him make some amazing defensive plays at short this year, but he's also committed his fair share of errors.
3. Brian Burgamy
Burgamy has been something of a disappointment this season, though it's not entirely his fault. He's a versatile position player. With the departure of Mike Lamb, Drew Macias, Pedro Feliz and Raul Padron, he's been ping-ponged all over the lineup and has split time between first base, third base and left field. I think he hasn't had time to get comfortable anywhere. His average is way down, and he's prone to striking out. He can hit the long ball, and when he makes contact, it's with one of the sweetest swings on the team.
4. Ruddy Yan
Ruddy has settled nicely into the leadoff spot. He's clearly the fastest guy on the team, and should he reach base, Von's not afraid to send him under any circumstance. But good leadoff men are one thing and one thing only: patient. Ruddy's another guy that lacks patience at the plate. He's a solid outfielder who can track down fly balls better than anyone else on the Sharks.
5. JR Mathes
Mathes was a mid-season pickup who's been fairly effective, consistent and can give you a lot of innings. He's got decent stuff and I've seen him be unhittable at times. One of only two guys I'd be completely confident with on the mound, the other being...
6. Carlos Vasquez
Vasquez has the best record on the team at 10-4. He's got great breaking stuff. He'll give up a lot of hits, but he always seems to be able to pitch his way out of trouble. His 3.31 ERA is among the league's best.
7. Wilkin De La Rosa
I don't know enough about De La Rosa to form a complete opinion, I can only tell you what I saw Monday when he went 6 innings against the Bluefish. He gave up two runs on four hits while striking out six, and pitched his way, masterfully, out of a bases loaded no outs jam. Gets a lot of fly ball outs, which though effective, are not good for the old blood pressure.
Today the Riversharks announced the addition of Jake Eigsti to the Riversharks Roster. The 27 year old infielder from Eureka, IL arrives from the Rockford RiverHawks in the Frontier League.
“He’ll be a welcome addition to our line-up. He plays solid defense in all of the infield positions which is what we are looking for at this stage. He will definitely see some playing time through the end of the season.” Von Hayes, Riversharks Team Manager.
Eigsti led the Frontier League with a .340 batting average, and was in the top ten for RBI with 74 on the season. The righty was also selected for the 2011 East Division Frontier League All Star Game. The sure-handed infielder had a .959 fielding percentage with Rockford.
Eigsti is a welcome addition to the Riversharks Roster as they enter their final 13 games of the season including a series next weekend vs. division rival the Long Island Ducks.
Wilkin De La Rosa pitched six strong innings, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out six in the Riversharks 3-2 victory over the division leading Bridgeport Bluefish tonight at Campbell's Field.
The Sharks took an early 1-0 lead when left fielder Noah Hall blasted his 15th home run of 2011 over the wall in left center.
The Bluefish tied the game in the 2nd when De La Rosa uncorked a wild pitch that scored left fielder Steve Moss. They threatened again in the 3rd, but with the bases loaded and no outs, De La Rosa got back-to-back strikeouts of second baseman Andres Perez and third baseman Luis Lopez, and got Wes Bankston to ground out to short to end the inning.
Camden managed another run in the 3rd when a Lloyd Turner double scored Ruddy Yan to make it 2-1.
In the 6th, Bridgeport rallied to tied the game again when Moss doubled in Bankston, but the Sharks tacked on one more in the bottom of the frame when third baseman Danny Richar's ground out scored Hall and made it 3-2.
The bullpen trio of Zach Hammes, Fernando Hernandez and John Bale shut the door on the Bluefish in relief of De La Rosa. In total, Sharks pitcher recorded 10 strikeouts in the victory.
Early on, J.R. Mathes was cruising. He retired the Bluefish lineup in order through the first three innings, and looked to be well on his way to his 6th win of the 2011 season.
But in the top of the 4th, Mathes suddenly found himself unable to get ANYONE out. The Bluefish batted around, eventually scoring 7 runs on 8 hits before Von Hayes made the call to the bullpen, bringing on reliever Mumba Rivera to close out the inning.
Bridgeport made it 8-0 in the fifth when left fielder Steve Moss blasted his 15th home run of the season over the centerfield wall.
The Sharks only offense came in the bottom of the 7th when centerfielder Jonel Pacheco hit a 3 run shot that also scored Shea Harris and Danny Richar.
The Bluefish added one more in the 8th when first baseman Wes Bankston's double scored Felix Molina, making it 9-3.
The Bridgeport Bluefish pounded out five home runs and fifteen hits en route to a convincing 12-6 victory over the Camden Riversharks. Camden has now lost eight of their last nine games.
Paul Oseguera (11-3) picked up the win despite allowing six earned runs and nine hits in 6.1 innings.
Eddy Camacho (6-6) took the loss surrendering five runs on six hits in just two innings including four home runs.
Luis Lopez wasted no time giving the Bluefish the lead in the top of the 1st with a two-run home run, his 10th, to make it 2-0 Bridgeport.
Camden fought back to tie the game in the home half of the 1st. After Noah Hall drove home Lloyd Turner with an RBI triple, Willis Otanez brought him in with an RBI groundout to tie the game at 2-2.
Bridgeport added to their home run parade in the 2nd inning with three more in the 2nd inning. Prentice Redman, Luis Rodriguez, and Andres Perez all left the yard to give the Bluefish a 5-2 advantage.
The fireworks continued in the bottom of the 3rd as Alvin Colina launched a two-run home run, his 12th, to cut the deficit to 5-4.
The Bluefish added three runs in the 5th inning highlighted by a two-run double by Prentice Redman.
Bridgeport blew it open in the 6th inning with four more runs against the Riversharks bullpen. Luis Lopez collected his 4th hit with an RBI single and Steve Moss hit a two-run home run to extend the lead to 12-4.
Terry Tiffee hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the 8th inning as the Lancaster Barnstormers came back to beat the Camden Riversharks by the final count of 5-1. Camden is now three game back in the Liberty Division standings.
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the 8th, Terry Tiffee launched a two-run home run to right field off ‘Sharks reliever Mike Koplove to take the lead. Lancaster added two insurance runs in the top of the 9th as the Riversharks lost just their second game this season when leading after seven innings.
Riversharks’ starter Carlos Vasquez went the first six innings allowing just the one run on four hits while striking out three batters.
Lancaster grabbed the lead in the top of the 2nd inning courtesy of a sacrifice fly by Yaibel Tamayo to give the Barnstormers a 1-0 lead.
The Riversharks took their first lead in the bottom of the 4th inning with two runs. Danny Richar hit an RBI double to tie up the game and Jonel Pacheco gave Camden a 2-1 lead with a sacrifice fly.
Humberto Sanchez had his strongest outing of the season as the Riversharks snapped their six-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory. The Riversharks are now back within two games of first place.
Sanchez (2-1) gave up just one run on two hits in his seven innings of work to pick up the win.
John Halama (5-6) took the loss pitching 7.2 innings allowing six runs on eight hits while striking out four batters.
Camden struck first and took their first lead of the series in the bottom of the 2nd thanks to an RBI groundout by Juan Francia.
Travis Metcalf tied up the game at 1-1 in the top of the 5th with a solo home run, his 5th of the season. The home run by Metcalf was the first hit of the game for Lancaster.
Ruddy Yan gave the Riversharks the lead back in the bottom of the 7th with a sacrifice fly that scored Brian Burgamy.
Camden blew it open in the 8th inning with four runs. After Danny Richar drew a bases-loaded walk and Jonel Pacheco hit an RBI fielder’s choice, Juan Francia lined a two-out, two-run double to give the ‘Sharks a 6-1.
Francia was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs to extend his hitting streak to nine games.